Elegance and beauty of cast iron radiators with the distinct energy-saving advantage.
People who live through long, cold winters know that in order to maintain a level of comfort and well being, a good source of healthy heat is essential. Ecorad is seeking to reestablish the warm comforts of radiant heating, combined with pinpoint temperature control thanks to programmable electronic thermostats. The system exploits the cast iron radiators main asset, a heavy thermal mass, to conduct heat through the ambient air. This is vastly different from typical forced air heating, which cooks ambient air to attain the same level of heat, however drying the air at the same time. The thermal mass of the radiator maintains a far more stable room temperature, avoiding the uneven or lack of air circulation experienced in a room heated by simple convection or forced air.
The tangible advantage gained with the radiator system is the ability to set the thermostat at a lower level, which is in line with the main objective of Ecorad, an environmentally conscious approach to comfort and energy consumption. Our decision to reuse antifreeze recovered from the automotive industry in all of our radiators supports that approach.
Main advantages of ECORAD system over main alternatives
Advantage of ECORAD on:
|Environment||Large reduction of CO2e emissions¹||Radiators are of an existing material and recoverable||Large reduction of CO2e emissions||Radiators are of an existing material and recoverable|
|Health||Removal of the old lead paint and pollutant||Decrease the spread of microbes||Removal of the old lead paint and pollutant||Very low exposure to electromagnetic fields
(vs. electric radiant)
|Comfort||Flexible control of room temperature||Removing the effects of airflow and dry air||Flexible control of room temperature||No discomfort and undesirable sensation, when heat is high|
|Aesthetic||No more piping and boiler and gain of space||Decorative element versus ducking||No more piping and boiler and gain of space||Possibility of renovation without damaging the heating system|
¹ According to the report by the independent engineering firm Econoler on energy savings assessment, April 2013. For the Program (PAIE) of Québec natural ressources.
With the pending decrease in the cost of electricity during non-peak hours, radiant heat reveals itself as a intelligent economic choice. The radiators capacity to store energy through their thermal mass, allows users to adjust thermostats accordingly. When radiators are exposed to the sun, in whole or in part, they are also energy absorbent. (maximize energy with our charcoal finish)
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Radiant vs. convection
Convection heating can generate a 7.5°C variance in temperature between the upper and lower levels of a room, due to the air circulation patterns inherent to convection, whereas that difference would only be of 1.2°C with radiant heating. What this means simply is that you can set the temperature a few degrees lower to obtain the same room temperature. Radiant heating is healthier as it does not propagate germs as with forced air systems.
Electric vs. oil/gas
The most efficient gas furnaces can only offer an output of 85%, meaning there is a 15% heat loss through the chimney; however, converted electric-based radiators offer 100% efficiency. By eliminating the boiler, power costs are greatly reduced.
> source: AGENCE DE L’EFFICACITÉ ÉNERGÉTIQUE – Compare Your Energy Costs- (in French only) http://coutsenergie.aee.gouv.qc.ca/
The impressive thermal qualities of the traditional cast iron radiator have been known for years, and we have now developed a simple way to integrate this piece of our architectural heritage into modern buildings.