A typical radiant heated home in the US can expect a 25%* energy savings over a conventional forced air home due to a variety of factors that are explained below. This savings can be further increased if using high efficiency heat sources in conjunction with the radiant heat system.
* 1998 study by Kansas State University and the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers [ASHRAE])
With the recent cold snap sweeping across the US and Canada there is no better time to think about heat, more specifically home heating. Heating utility bills are often accredited as a major concern for homeowners during the winter months, which is why many people are looking for the most efficient and best way to stay warm.
There’s been a renaissance happening across the US. But this one isn’t based in the arts or higher learning (per se) – it’s based on beer. Over the past several years the American beer drinker has been awakened; no longer satisfied with tasteless beers from the few Macro-Breweries, an increasing amount of consumers want to taste something new, with fuller flavor and superior quality. Craft beers have become all the rage.
Understanding high mass, low mass and the importance of conductivity
Warmboard is a simple concept which maximizes the speed at which heat is delivered under all circumstances. One of the most significant benefits of Warmboard is its ability to adjust to temperature changes quickly and keep a conditioned space at the desired temperature. We call this “fast radiant”, because unlike competing radiant solutions, Warmboard reacts faster. This unique benefit is a result of Warmboard’s low mass and superior conductivity.
We are excited to share a new infograph that illustrates the importance of conductivity and how it directly affects the performance of any radiant heating system.
As you'll see Warmboard uses aluminum, which allows for faster responses to changing heat loads throughout the day, ensuring unrivaled comfort. It also means more even floor temperatures and access to a wider variety of flooring options.
Sound attenuation for floor/ceiling assemblies may be required to attain code ratings or to mitigate sound for a client. The best practice in residential, multi-family and light commercial applications is to have the assembly evaluated by one of several testing methods. The common methods used are: field or lab testing, software modeling and estimating. Each method offers a different level of accuracy and cost. Usually these services are performed by an “Acoustical Consultant” to provide STC and IIC ratings. The higher the number, the quieter the floor/ceiling assembly.