Radiant Heat System - Environmental Benefits
The Ultra-Fin Radiant Floor Heating System™, and radiant heat systems in general, have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make a positive contribution towards energy sustainability in the 21st century.
Radiant heat systems are more energy efficient than other standard home heating systems, so their widespread use in home heating can potentially create large reductions in energy demands. In addition, innovative use of alternative heat source technologies such as ground-source heat pumps can decrease the carbon footprint normally generated from burning fossil fuels for home heating, or the environmental impact created by demand for electricity used in home heating.
Ultra-Fin™ is simply energy efficient
The Ultra-Fin Radiant Heat System™ is simply far more energy efficient than most heating technologies. Compared to forced-air heating systems in particular, Ultra-Fin™ far outstrips performance in both energy efficiency and heating comfort. Forced air heating systems use valuable energy resources to heat air, then they blow that heated air around the house. It’s an inefficient transfer of heat from the start (i.e. energy source heating low-mass air), but then it gets worse: someone opens the door and all of the heat floats outside. It’s a tremendous waste of energy.
Ultra-Fin™ provides benefits of radiant heat
Radiant heat systems such as the Ultra-Fin Radiant Floor Heating System™ generate invisible infrared radiant energy which then heats objects in the room (such as people) when that infrared energy comes into contact with those objects. There are numerous advantages to radiant heat over forced air heat:
1. When you open an exterior door, your heat does not float out the door like it does with forced air – the heat is in your floor, not in your air, and your floor is still inside your home.
2. With radiant heat, there are no fans, blowers, or air movement, so dust and other allergens are not blown around the home.
3. Because radiant heating systems heat the occupants directly, and not the air, radiant heat systems are immediately more effective in providing direct comfort than central air heating systems.
4. Because hot air rises, most of the heat from a central forced air system ends up at the ceiling, not in the lower half of the room where people are. Radiant floor heating systems, on the other hand, radiate their most concentrated heat in the lower half of the room.
Ultra-Fin™ with alternative heat sources
The Ultra-Fin Radiant Floor Heating System™ typically operates with an electric or gas boiler, but it can also operated with alternative heat sources. A popular concept of recent decades is the ground-source heat pump, where the ambient heat energy of the earth is extracted and used to heat the water using coils buried deep in the ground. Solar power may be another option, but its effectiveness is highly contingent on weather patterns and hours of available sunlight.
By contrast, coal-fired and wood-fired boilers are no longer considered practical heat sources for an increasingly carbon-conscious society.
Radiant heat systems cost less to operate
Radiant floor heating systems consistently cost less to operate than forced air systems. Cost savings depend on the region, the severity of the winters, heat losses in a home (windows, doors, etc), insulation, fuel source, and the layout of the system to optimize the control over different heat zones. Radiant heat systems are generally reported to save 25% to 35% in operating costs over central forced air systems.