Geothermal heat pumps and radiant floor heating make a great combination, especially at the relatively low temperatures that radiant requires. As a whole-home heating system, Warmboard is the premier radiant floor heating solution, but we also install Uponor, and Caleffi.
You do not need a geothermal heating and cooling system to have radiant flooring, but it is an option if you have a geo system installed. EcoMech can install radiant flooring without the use of a geo unit.
How Does Radiant Floor Heating Work?
In a radiant floor heating system, warm water flows through flexible plastic tubing called PEX that is located underneath or within the floors. (PEX is an acronym for crosslinked polyethylene.) The PEX tubing carries the warm water into specific rooms or “zones” to effectively heat people and objects in every corner of the room.
In addition to the PEX tubing, the other main components in a radiant heating system include a heat source, pumps, manifolds and controls. The heat source in a hydronic radiant floor heating system is typically a boiler or a hot-water heater. However, other heat sources can be used, including highly energy-efficient sources such as geothermal and solar.
And because a radiant floor heating system is designed in zones, you have the luxury of changing temperatures for each room, depending on its use. This makes the system even more energy efficient because unoccupied or lower-use rooms (such as a guest bedroom or formal dining room) can be set to a lower temperature than rooms with greater use (like a kitchen, bathroom or basement).
Types of Radiant Flooring
Whether building a new home or remodeling one, the Warmboard panels perform with faster response times, easier installations, and lower energy use. Warmboard is a giant leap forward in the evolution of radiant heating. Every aspect of the design and manufacturing of Warmboard has been implemented to maximize performance. Our patented design is the industry-leading low mass radiant heating panel. Our high conductivity brings the lowest water temperatures, decreasing energy use (and energy bills) while extending the life of your mechanical equipment. Low water temperatures allow Warmboard to seamlessly integrate with solar and geothermal systems without the need for additional hardware. Warmboard provides the fastest response, heating your home in minutes, not hours (or days), ensuring your constant comfort. And our even surface temperatures allow access to a wider variety of flooring options, from thick carpets to ornate hardwoods – something other systems just can’t offer.
Uponor Radiant Floor Heating Systems for the Home
Uponor, formerly Wirsbo, was the first to bring PEX radiant floor heating to North America more than 40 years ago. Today, Uponor radiant floor heating systems are bringing the energy-efficient luxury of radiant floor heating to the masses for a simple, affordable solution to home comfort. In an Uponor radiant floor heating system, warm water flows through flexible, durable crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing that is embedded under the floor. The warmth radiates up from the floor to warm objects and people in a room. It is the purest form of human thermal comfort.
Radiant Heating Vs Forced Air
The water in a radiant system has a capacity to transport energy 3,500 times greater than air, so it can heat (and even cool) using less energy than a forced-air system. This amounts to greater comfort at a lower thermostat setting, which provides lower energy bills. In fact, more people are comfortable with radiant floor heating at a lower thermostat setting than with forced-air heating at a higher thermostat setting.
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