Warm Waves is a UL certified, state-of-the-art technology that creates comfortable and consistent heat. It is the most energy efficient way of providing this type of heating system, easy to install, reliable and extremely durable.
Most floor heating solutions involve coils that can be punctured, ruptured and shorted easily and have to be removed completely to identify the compromised area. They also involve intermittent heat, leaving some areas out in the cold. Warm Waves film heats evenly across the entire surface.
Warm Waves is a cost effective and efficient heating solution for a wide variety of applications: bathrooms, under floors, carpet, concrete etc.
- Costs 31% to 63% less to operate than traditional heating systems
- 20% to 30% more efficient than competitors
- Comfortable and consistent heating
- Easy installation
- Affordable and economical
- Extremely Durable
- No maintenance
- Healthy Heating
- Controlled by any line voltage thermostat
- Unlimited size of installation area
- Can be used with any type of flooring
Far Infrared Heating
Far-infrared heating is the most efficient and healthy way to heat people and objects. Every object emits Infrared energy. When an object has a higher temperature than its surroundings, the infrared light it emits will warm nearby objects. This is also called “indirect” heating.
Far-infrared is the most efficient and healthy way to heat people and objects. As with the sun, Warm Waves film heats surfaces, which in turn heat floors, walls and the objects contained within a space. It uses only safe and known healthy “invisible light” at wavelengths in the 7,500 to 10,000 nm (7.5 to 10 micrometer) region; this region in the spectrum is also called “far or therapeutic infrared.” Besides the immediate effect of warming the people in the space, Warm Waves far-infrared operates at a part of the spectrum that allows it to travel through the floor and heat other surfaces. So when doors or windows are open, the warmth does not escape, but stays in the floor and objects. Within seconds or minutes of closing the door or window, the space becomes warm again. Unlike with traditional heating, there is no transportation or “duct losses,” no conversion losses or air-flow losses. All stored energy can be used. Since Warm Waves is able to store heat energy at night (and other times when the rates are lower) and release this energy during the day, it’s a very energy efficient and cost-effective solution.
Disadvantages of Hydronic Heating
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.
Common problems with Hydronic heating systems:
- There are many 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.
Disadvantages of Resistant Wire Systems
- Resistance wire systems are prone to short resulting costly repair.
- Some companies require an alarm to be installed during the installation of wires.
- 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.
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.