Ecowarm responds to a call for heat approximately six times faster than a 3” concrete slab 12” O.C. and three times faster than a thin Gypsum thin slab application.
Ecowarm may be used with setback thermostats due to the superior acceleration inherent in the fast responding low mass Ecowarm Radiant Board. Gypcrete and concrete are very slow to respond making setback thermostats problematic. This also becomes a particularly important advantage in climates where there can be a heating and cooling load in the same day. Quick response is also very important in high solar gain rooms to avoid overheating.
Gypcrete is very awkward to use when employing nailed hardwood. One must nail down sleepers at intervals to allow nailing, then pour the Gypcrete. Neither the gypsum applicator nor the hardwood installer are very pleased with this solution.
Ecowarm will not freeze making installations in cold weather climates less difficult. The application of Gypsum cement or slabs of conventional cement introduce large amounts of moisture into a structure that must be dried out and driven off often with portable propane heaters in the winter.
Ecowarm does not require up-sizing framing to support the weight the extra weight of concrete or gypsum products. Ecowarm does not require the double plating that Gypcrete and concrete must utilize in raised floor applications that increase the job cost by $.18 / sq ft.