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Heating Unique Locations with Solar Radiant Heating Systems

HeatMyFloors.com offers a unique product called STEP Warmfloor. By using this product together with renewable energy, STEP Warmfloor is able to power some unique locations.

One application I personally find interesting is using STEP Warmfloor together with batteries and a solar panel to heat the seat in a deer hunting stand. The hunter could place two 12-volt batteries beneath his tree stand. The batteries are then wired in series to produce 24 volt DC power. (See diagram to right). Solar Radiant Heating Application

A solar collector is mounted to a nearby tree, in order to keep the batteries charged. Then the STEP Warmfloor heating element is installed on top of the deer stand’s chair, creating a solar radiant heating system. Once the hunter arrives at his deer stand he just flips a switch to energize the heating element and he keeps his back side warm. Voila! This hunter can now sit in his deer stand longer thanks to his solar radiant heating system. *Disclaimer –HeatMyFloors.com does not guarantee success of the deer hunter.

The same type of system can work well in new construction. For this application, solar panels are installed to heat the STEP Warmfloor element that are placed on top of high density polystyrene to prevent downward heat loss. Concrete can then be poured over the top of the STEP Warmfloor heating elements. With this concept the heating elements embedded into the slab concrete act as a battery to store the energy from the solar panels which in turn produce the heat for the home. What a perfect way to utilize renewable energy and create a solar radiant heating system.

Researchers in Antarctica also use the STEP Warmfloor heating element to keep batteries from freezing in sub-zero temperatures.. They do this by lining a cooler with of polystyrene insulation. The STEP Warmfloor element is then installed on top of the insulation. (See picture at left). Two 12-volt batteries are then placed on top of the STEP Warmfloor heating element. The batteries are wired in series to produce the 24 volt DC power.

Energy is generated by a solar collector or a wind turbine. This energy is then stored in the battery bank. The batteries output voltage of 24 volts DC heat the STEPWarmfloor element and prevents the batteries from freezing in the sub-zero temperatures. Many of the research stations in Antarctica utilize this concept.