You don’t have to have an engineering degree to understand the basics of thermodynamics. You know intuitively that in the winter, heat flows through your home’s walls from the inside to the outside causing heat loss. The amount that flows out is determined in large part by the wall’s conductivity. As conductivity goes up so does heat flow. We insulate the walls of homes to lower conductivity so that the heat flowing out is as low as possible. But even in well-insulated homes there is heat loss.
For many homes, electricity is a feasible fuel source for heating water in a radiant floor heating system. Investing in a ground source geothermal heat pump can be a practical solution for those who want low energy bills, low energy consumption, and are attracted to the concept of using a renewable energy source.
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While you might recognize Warmboard by its color, this is not the only “green” and sustainable part of Warmboard. We produce efficient, healthy products and are dedicated to reducing our impact on the environment. Below is a summary of what makes us green.
Aluminum is 240 times as conductive as concrete!
All too often the term “Thermal Mass” is used when discussing radiant heat. Used in this context, it is referencing the ability of a high mass radiant floor assembly to store heat.
The concept originally made sense in the design of passive solar homes back in the 60’s and 70’s.
A Lot Has Changed In 50 Years...
For example, the archetype economy car in 1963 was the VW Beetle. An iconic automobile, but compared to the technology and features of today’s common car; say the Honda Civic, there’s not much comparison. The Honda has better acceleration, gas mileage, horsepower and safety features - not to mention leg room, stereo system, air conditioning; the list goes on. Adjusted for inflation, the difference in price between these automobiles is only $2,500 – just 15%.
If you have ever wondered what hydronic radiant floor heating looks like you should watch our thermographic videos. Using a thermographic camera we measured the heat output and panel temperatures of Warmboard and competing radiant systems. You'll see the exceptional performance of Warmboard when tested head to head against alternative radiant floor heating options.