In this Warmboard Works, we hear from Alex Z. in Pennsylvania, who built his house back in 2005 using Warmboard and has never looked back. He is graciously sharing his experience living in a 3,700 sq ft Warmboard home for over a decade and will explain the main reasons why he selected a Warmboard radiant heating system.
“I’ve been a Warmboard customer for nearly 15 years now and I am an extremely happy customer!!!
When I bought my house, I knew it was a total rebuild. I spent many months researching and designing my new home, carefully selecting all of the products that went into the build. I chose Warmboard for a few reasons (not in any particular order):
1) The rebuild meant I had to replace nearly 4000 sq ft of subfloor and I wanted to put in radiant heat. Without Warmboard, I could not have afforded to do both! The incremental cost (at the time) was 15% higher than just a standard subfloor but I got both radiant heat and my subfloor at once! It also sped up the build time, which was very important.
2) My house was designed at about 4000 sq ft, however, there is A LOT of volume in my house. Most of the ceilings are roughly 14 feet high. No other method of heat, other than radiant, was going to give me the comfort I wanted. With Warmboard I also got equal heat distribution across the entire floor…there are no warm/cold spots, especially near the edge of the house (exterior walls).
3) What I was surprised at after the fact was the efficiency! I have a very small boiler for my house size (it’s 80k BTU’s for both domestic hot water and heat!) yet I get heat from the floor in about 30 minutes. Additionally, my heating costs are extremely low. By running the water through the floor at 110 degrees my heating costs are about $150-170/month. Conversely, my AC bills are always over $500/month in the summer!!!
I can’t directly compare my current heating costs to my pre-Warmboard heating costs as we went from oil heat/radiators to Warmboard, powered by natural gas. The home also increased in size from 1,380 sq ft to 3,700 sq ft.