Why Choose Ecowarm for your Radiant Floor Heating?
Ecowarm RadiantBoard offers the best balance of high-performance, cost, and environmental responsibility in the radiant floor panel heating market.
Ecowarm delivers heat faster and more efficiently than most other radiant subfloor delivery systems (underfloor, concrete, gypsum pour, etc.) resulting in lower operating costs and greater comfort. We offer the best balance of high-performance, cost, and environmental responsibility in the radiant floor panel heating market.
Seriously impressive! The panels did not take long to install…The Ecowarm guys sent us shop drawings based on my architectural plans. We laid out the room — it was paint by number. Everything got screwed down, then the installers cut the slits, laid out the tubing, locked it into the precut channels and that’s it! Room is done in 10 minutes. Pretty awesome! — Anthony Carrino, Thebuild.tv
Each project receives a board layout for accuracy and ease of installation. We offer both a CAD panel layout service and a complete system design service. You’ll have your project completed in less time while saving a fortune in labor costs.
Our boards are only ¾” thick, making them ideal for radiant floor remodels, or retrofits where floor heights can be a limiting factor — particularly at doors and stairs.
Aluminum is a very valuable component of our design as it is 1500 times more conductive than wood. Using too little results in an under-performing system, but using too thick of an aluminum layer increases cost without commensurate value. Ecowarm is constructed with an aluminum layer on top that is pressed into a plex-hose, self-locking channel. Our patented design makes Ecowarm ideal for the majority of radiant heating projects.
Most modern houses have heat losses between 13-20 BTU.SQ FT/Hour and operate much of the year below their maximum heat loss. The thickness of the aluminum on Ecowarm RadiantBoard is chosen to be very effective in this range requiring low water temperatures and is capable of generously exceeding this up to 42 BTU SQ FT/Hour with modest elevations of water temperatures. This means you will have a high-performing system with much lower utility costs.
See how Ecowarm installs over these common floor types.
We provide detailed instructions & graphics for installation over most floor coverings. Ecowarm works with most flooring goods including:
Learn why so many contractors and home builders choose Ecowarm for their radiant floor heating. Feel free to call us any time with any questions!
What makes Ecowarm such a good value?
Ecowarm is sold factory-direct to you, the contractor, cutting out the unnecessary layers of distribution costs. The aluminum layer is sized for excellent thermodynamic performance in modern homes and cost-effectiveness. We use high-quality materials while simultaneously providing an exceptionally green product.
Why is Ecowarm so economically compelling?
The low mass of our system, the placement of the tubing close to finished floor goods and the tremendous conductivity of aluminum combine to allow us to produce the same heat output as most systems with lower supply water temperatures. Lower supply water temperatures means higher efficiency resulting in lower utility bills.
Why is the "undercut groove" design so important?
Undercut grooving allows the PEX tubing to lock tightly into the floor heating panels. Installation involves simply physically walking over the tubing to snap it into place. This snug fit creates a better heat transfer between the water flowing through the tubing and the aluminum sheeting on the panels, which results in greater heat efficiency and lower costs over the product lifetime.
Our patented, undercut groove design also eliminates the annoying “creaking” sounds produced by other products which are caused by the tubing gradually coming loose over time and rubbing against the subfloor when you walk over it.
Why is Rapid Acceleration so important?
The conductive aluminum layer means our radiant board heats up rapidly (up to 5 times faster than concrete or Gypsum) so you can get the heat when you want it.
Rapid response means Ecowarm RadiantBoard can be appropriately used with setback thermostats. Ecowarm’s responsiveness is also valuable in climates where heating loads can vary dramatically, such as when there is both a heating and cooling load on the same day. Contrary to old-time radiant design thinking, a low thermal mass is much preferable to a high mass system.
When can Ecowarm be installed? Are there temperature restrictions?
The Ecowarm RadiantBoard board size (nominal 2′ x 4′) is easy to handle and install, and can be easily cut with a table or skill saw. The boards can be stored indoors and conveniently applied in the flow of a project, avoiding delays.
The panels are glued and screwed or cross stapled to a wooden subfloor or glued/floated on a concrete slab, and can be installed early or late in a job. An additional benefit is that unlike gypsum or cement, which are subject to freezing in cold weather, Ecowarm can be installed in a wide range of temperatures.
How does Ecowarm achieve quality and environmental responsibility?
Ecowarm RadiantBoard is made using high quality 6 or 7 ply American made plywood available as FSC® sustainable-certified plywood. FSC certification means the wood is certified sustainably grown and harvested. Ecowarm utilizes aluminum made in America with recycled content and No VOC water-based adhesives.
Many of our competitors use lower quality plywood of oriented strand board (OSB) or MDF in their products. In addition to its green qualities, high-grade plywood is the substrata preferred by many for nailing hardwood in quality homes.
Ecowarm provides the best value in radiant floor heating systems by incorporating the perfect balance of high performance, material quality, environmental responsibility, and cost effectiveness. Our “paint by number” installation system is easy to install, saves you money in labor costs, and is shipped factory direct to your jobsite.