As homeowners strive to reduce energy bills and decrease the carbon footprint associated with their properties, a number of technologies and materials are becoming popular with consumers. One of these is Solar Thermal.
Water heating with conventional fuels (natural gas, electricity, or oil) can account for 25% or more of your total household energy consumption in a typical North American home. Solar thermal provides clean, sustainable, cost-effective alternative energy for uses such as radiant home heating, domestic hot water, and pool heating.
How does it work?
Our company sells two types of radiant panels – Warmboard, a structural subfloor panel, and Warmboard-R, a remodel panel that can be installed over concrete or existing subfloor as well as in the walls and ceiling. But typically, architects are primarily interested in the original subfloor panel.
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.
How Does It Work?
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The concept originally made sense in the design of passive solar homes back in the 60’s and 70’s.