Efficiencies and Cost Comparisons

img_1527How does Warm Waves Infloor Heating Film compare in effectiveness?

  • Warm Waves heating film adapts to any size installation.
  • Enables previously unachievable efficiency.
  • Increases reliability, wear/stress and longevity.
  • Reduces all routine maintenance issues.
  • Provides superior zoning for all residential and commercial applications.
  • Reduces planning to minutes instead of months.

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Performance of Warm Waves Far-Infrared Heating vs. Other Systems

1 KW of electrical energy produces 3412 BTUs. Warm Waves, like any electric heater, converts 100% of the energy into heat, but with less heat loss.

A baseboard heater, for instance, converts a 100% of the energy into heat, but is only 30-40% efficient (60-70% convection losses), and the coils or elements burn out every 3-5 years from heavy use.

A forced air system has a starting efficiency of approximately 60-95% depending on the type of heater (straight transfer of hot gasses or secondary heat exchanger). Even a 95% efficient heater suffers from duct loss and ventilation requirements, and results in typically 35% efficiency because it only heats the air and not the objects or people in the space. In addition, unless the floor is warm, people are still cold when the air temperature is 75 or 80 degrees.

A good “hydronic” (in-floor) system can approach the efficiency of Warm Waves if it is geothermal, but geothermal is very expensive and won’t work at all temperatures. A fuel based hydronic system will not compete in efficiency; in many cases it needs our panels as a supplement.

Warm Waves has an efficiency of approximately 70%, meaning that 70% of the energy supplied is converted into usable heat. As with all other types of heating or heating products, energy may still be lost as a result of heat loss through doors, poor windows, or connecting slabs, etc.

How does Warm Waves Compare to Hydronic Heat?

Hydronic heat has been the industry standard for years for primary floor heating. It is a high cost, high maintenance system to install and maintain. Some deficiencies in the hydronic system include:

  • There are potential points of catastrophic failure.
  • There are multiple pumps, boilers and pipes.
  • All components rely on each other in a system.
  • Each system is unique and its value is based on the engineering and quality of the designer installer and products specified.
  • The system can take weeks to balance.
  • The model involves load calculations and random zoning requirements.
  • The size of zones is limited to 300 feet or less. The potential for failure only increases with size.
  • The boilers, pumps, etc. take up a lot of space within the structure.
  • The system can only be zoned with multiple pumps valves and controls.

How does Warm Waves Compare to Electric Resistant Wire Systems?

An electric resistant wire heating system can be used as a replacement to hydronic systems in small markets, but it has its challenges as well:

  • It is tedious to install.
  • The biggest problem is nicking the wire and causing an electrical shortage.
  • Some companies require an alarm to be installed during the installation of wires.
  • This is comforting until the wire is embedded and does not work.
  • The system requires raised floor heights to incorporate the large wire.
  • The system creates hot spots that are unacceptable and uncomfortable.
  • The type of heat is resistant and conducts heat through a mass. There are no infrared benefits and some systems release an electromagnetic field.