Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Radiant Heat the best?

What if I have Non-oxygen Barrier Tubing?

Problems resulting from use of non-oxygen barrier tubing surface to the home owner in a number of ways—through heating system failure, continuing repair bills, repeated expansion tank/cast iron circulators change outs or poor delivery of heat.

In many systems, certain parts of the system are made of metal components—both ferrous and nonferrous. Heatmeister features the Triangle Tube 439 stainless steel boiler that can work with existing non-oxygen barrier tubing saving costly retrofitting. We have knowledge and experience with integrating this boiler with your non-oxygen barrier tubing without voiding your warranty. Buyers beware of "copy-cat" contractors which will void your warranty due to improper installation. Make sure your installer is competent and certified!

Does Plateless Staple-up work?

Staple-up tubing is attached to the underside of the existing subfloor. Aluminum plates can be used to spread the heat evenly under the subfloor. Insulation is placed in the joist space beneath the tubing. In our harsh environment of the Rockies, it does not work most of the time as can only distribute 15 btu/sq.ft.; we have too much heat loss in our alpine environment or it must be run at a higher temperature (180°F) with plateless staple-up which can damage wood flooring, can off-gas floor covering, is not economical, safe or a sound environmental practice.

What are Panel Radiators and Towel Racks?

Panel radiators and towel racks can be a cost effective method used in conjunction with your exiting or new radiant heating system to supplement inadequately designed heated areas and\or to provide added comfort of warmed towels. Heatmeister features many lines of aesthetically attractive and affordable solutions to those "problem" heating areas.

Can Freeze Alarms and Remote Monitoring Access keep my home from freezing?

No but it can alert you, your property manager and/or your heating contractor that the temperature in your home is approaching dangerous and uncomfortable temperatures and action can be taken before substantial damage of frozen pipes have occurred.

A freeze alarm works through your telephone that autodials the appropriate parties of a potential freeze event. Further, you can call your heating system 24-hours a day to check the current temperature of the dwelling and if the power is on or off.

Lastly, you can remotely turn up or down (raise or lower) your heating system prior to your arrival in the mountains. Heatmeister offers several models of freeze alarms with various functions so you can remotely monitor and control your heating system.

How do I use my freeze alarm remotely?

A freeze alarm can remotely control the heating system from Occupied to Unoccupied which saves energy. This can be activated by calling the freeze alarm and let it ring until the alarm answers.  If you have voicemail or an answering machine, the freeze alarm is programmed to answer after a specific number of rings; if the freeze alarm is programmed to pick up after four ring and the voicemail or answering machine pick up after three rings, to access the freeze alarm remotely, hang up after second ring and redial the phone number at the monitored location; the freeze alarm should now answer after two additional rings.

Once the freeze alarm answers, it will tell you the current temperature, if the power is on or off, the voltage of the backup battery and if there are any current alarm conditions. To access the main menu, enter your four digit security code follow by the # sign. By pressing 2 on your phone you can now remotely increase or decrease the temperature in your house from T2 = Unoccupied to T1 = Occupied by pressing "0" once.  Or if you forget to call your system remotely, to switch it onsite, press the little black button on the back of the freeze alarm once; this will change the LED display on the front of the freeze alarm from T2 to T1 or visa versa and the boiler will establish an "Occupied" or "unoccupied" level.

You may cancel a freeze alarm call-out from a remote phone by entering the four digit security code follow by the # sign. You will then hear a message that the alarm call-out in now canceled.

Is Legionnaires Disease dangerous?

Yes, that is why Heatmeister recommends maintaining a minimum of 140°F inside the waterheater to prevent problems in regards to bacteria or Legionella. Further we recommend the importance of installing an anti-scald valve to prevent accidental injury from scalding water.

Can I use an Instantaneous or Traditional Domestic Hot Water Heaters as a Boiler for space heat of my house?

Heatmeister disapproves of such installation for various reasons: use the right tool for the job; boilers are designed to heat your home; you can mow your lawn with a line trimmer however a lawn mower will do a better job.

Traditional gas hot water heaters are at best 50% to 62% efficient and instantaneous are at best 82% whereas the latest high efficiency boilers are approximately 95% efficient and modulates based on outside temperatures. Further, instantaneous water heaters require frequent maintenance which reduces the overall efficiency of this product. Lastly, Glycol (anti-freeze additive to the heating distribution lines) increases the viscosity which inhibits the circulatory ability of the system and can result in serious problems with "Instantaneous" boiler installs.

Heating systems that are using an instantaneous domestic hot water systems for their space heating have encountered many problems and many of our owners we represent have removed such systems due to it unreliability.

Many manufactures are no longer supporting these inefficient installations. Heatmeister takes domestic hot water production one step further by using a high efficiency boiler in conjunction of a "indirect fired"/side arm waterheater.

Are there Tax Credits and Rebates available?

The Governor’s Energy Office(GEO) established the Solar Rebate Program in response to the growing demand for renewable energy initiatives to allow homeowners and businesses to harness Colorado's abundant solar resources.

There are Federal tax credits available at 30% of the cost, with no upper limit through 2016 (for existing homes & new construction) for: solar hot water heating, solar panels and geothermal heat pumps. Further, Federal tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, up to $1,500, in 2009 & 2010 (for existing homes only) for: water heaters (non-solar) and biomass stoves, please see for the latest information: http://www.energystar.gov

The Colorado Governor's Energy Office Solar Rebate Program ended on June 30, 2009 however more will be forthcoming. For the most up-to-date information regarding future solar incentives in Colorado, please visit the Governor's Energy Office website.

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