Radiant heat is a great heating option for log homes because it avoids the ductwork required for forced air systems. We tend to prefer heating systems that are designed for maximum efficiency. With radiant heat, the key to efficiency lies in three areas: conductivity, lower water temperatures and quick response time.
One company, Warmboard has designed its product to conduct heat effortlessly in its heating panels. Heating panels are the subflooring units that position the hot water tubing under the floor to heat the rooms above. By making these panels as conductive as possible, Warmboard only requires a water temperature range of between 80 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Other radiant heat systems generally run between 140 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. The difference, according to the company’s website can save up to $1500 per year. And since the lower water temperatures are needed, Warmboard systems interface well with solar hot water systems, that generally heat water to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
The tubing is spaced at 12-inch intervals providing an even distribution of heat. Designed to fit your specifications, the Warmboard panels snap together in new construction and installed in zones for easily customized controls. The panels are made of sustainable harvested wood, and constructed with non-formaldehyde glues. Even the tubing is made of recycled aluminum. Radiant heat is a preferred method of heating for families with respiratory ailments since particulates are not being blown into the air.