Analogies are wonderful things - ideal in helping others visualize and understand a topic they are unfamiliar with. We use them too. While radiant heat is known for its comfort and energy efficiency, different products offer varying levels of performance. For those unfamiliar with radiant heat, discussing the differences between a high mass system and a low mass system is almost like a foreign language. But if we make a car analogy, and say, for example, that radiant heat is like a car, low mass systems are sedans, high mass systems are semi-trucks - this is something everyone can visualize.
Now that we’ve announced our new Warmsource and the Total Warmth System, we wanted to delve deeper into the idea of “Why”. Why this system? Why now?
Our approach here has always been to make products that make sense. To remove complexity and make products that work well and install easily, intuitively. It has always been our opinion that radiant heating is far too complex and expensive. We’re aiming to change that. We want the comfort and energy savings of radiant heat to be more accessible and more affordable.
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.