Radiant floor board systems deliver heat faster and more efficiently than other radiant delivery systems (underfloor, concrete, gypsum etc). Ecowarm offers the best balance of high-performance, cost and environmental responsibility in the radiant floor board heating market.
Ecowarm efficiently and quickly delivers heat to its top layer and the room using a thermodynamically appropriate thickness of conductive aluminum
Ecowarm permits lower supply water temperatures resulting in higher efficiency and lower utility bills.
Ecowarm is both lightweight (2lbs/sq/ft) and low profile (3/4”)
Ecowarm only uses top quality7 ply FSC certified sustainable plywood, recycled aluminum and water based adhesives..all Ecowarm materials are made in USA
Ecowarm is fast and easy to install
Sold online and shipped factory direct to you at lower cost
What is meant by thermodynamically appropriate thickness of aluminum?
Some board systems use no aluminum while others use very thick aluminum. In our radiant floor heating product, the aluminum is on top of the board and in contact with the radiant tubing. Since aluminum is over 1500 times more conductive than wood, it serves to help spread heat both laterally and upward. Thus aluminum is a very valuable component of the design, but using too little would mean an underperforming system and using too thick an aluminum layer is both very costly and environmentally irresponsible. Think of the thickness of the aluminum like a water pipe where a certain size pipe will meet the energy needs of the house and a greatly oversize pipe will not deliver more energy but is just a costly big pipe. Most modern houses meeting energy codes have heat losses between 13-25 BTU.SQ FT/Hour and operate much of the year below their maximum heat loss. The thickness of the aluminum on Ecowarm is chosen to be very effective in this range with low water temperatures and is capable of generously exceeding this up to 42 BTU SQ FT/Hour with modest elevations of water temperatures.
What is the importance of rapid acceleration?
The conductive aluminum layer means our radiant board heats up rapidly (up to 5 time faster than concrete or Gypsum). Get the heat when you want it. Rapid response means Ecowarm 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 in the same day. Contrary to old time radiant thinking, a low thermal mass is preferable to a high mass sytem.
Why is Ecowarm so efficient?
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 Ecowarm to produce the same heat output as most systems with lower supply water temperatures. Lower supply water temperatures mean higher efficiency resulting in lower utility bills.
How does Ecowarm achieve quality and environmental responsibility?
Ecowarm is made using high quality 7 ply American made FSC® sustainable certified plywood in a plant that is itself FSC certified. FSC certification means the wood is certified sustainably grown and harvested. Ecowarm utilizes made in America aluminum with recycled content and low VOC American made water based adhesives. All our competitors use lower quality plywood, oriented strand board (OSB) or MDF in their products. In addition to its green qualities, high grade plywood is the substrata preferred for nailing hardwood in quality homes.
Why is a tube retaining slightly undercut groove important?
Tubing is “walked” into our slightly undercut groove. This means it is firmly retained in our board making for ease of installation and assuring it will not tick or create sounds after installation.
What makes Ecowarm easy to install?
The Ecowarm board size (nominal 2′ x 4′) is easy to handle and install and can be easily cut with table or skill saws. Ecowarm can be stored inside and applied easily in the flow of a project, avoiding delays. It is glued and screwed or cross stapled to a wooden sub floor or glued or floated on concrete. It can be installed early or late in a job and at a wide range of temperatures, unlike Gypsum or cement that are subject to freezing in cold weather.
What makes Ecowarm so such a good value?
Ecowarm is sold factory direct to you the contractor, cutting out the layers of distribution costs. The aluminum layer is sized for excellent thermodynamic performance and to be cost effective for the heat loss ranges of modern houses. It uses high quality materials while simultaneously being an exceptionally green product.