Viega’s Climate Panel and Uponor’s Quik Trak are essentially the same product made of 1/2” plywood with the aluminum on the underside using very small 5/16” PEX pipe. In contrast Ecowarm has the metal on the top of the board and uses much larger 1/2” PEX pipe resulting in significantly higher output for Ecowarm over Climate Panel or Quick Track at the same supply water temperature. Additionally the small pipe size utilized by Climate Panel and Quik Trak significantly reduces loop lengths possible, resulting in many more connections and complications in routing pipe and added cost. Most hydronic experts agree that most of the problems and liability in PEX pipe systems are in the fittings. Compared to Ecowarm these 2 products use many more fittings and an unorthodox pipe size. Any quality ASTM F876-877 1/2” PEX may be used with Ecowarm whereas the tubing and fittings for Climate Panel and Quick Track can be bought only from Viega and Uponor Distributors.
Compare published output charts below of Ecowarm and Climate Panel for a 20 BTU/SQFT/HR output with a R-.5 floor covering. Climate Board requires 114°F average water temperature vs 98°F for Ecowarm. The lower the supply water temperature the more efficient the system. Ecowarm is far more efficient than Climate Board.
ECOWARM SIMPLIFIED AVERAGE SUPPLY WATER TEMPERATURES