Restoration and electrical conversion of steam and hot water radiators

Thanks to the innovative and environmentally friendly processes developed by Ecorad, the elegance and beauty of cast iron radiators can now be restored and combined with the distinct energy-saving advantage of radiant based heating.

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Electrification process:

  • Disassembly of radiators
  • Gasket or push nipples replacement
  • Gentle and non abrasive paint removal
  • Removal of inner scale
  • Leak tests 
  • Radiators are filled with a mix water and antifreeze
  • Radiators gets retrofit with an specially adapted Electric element
  • High quality of finishCSA_logo

*All Processes and tests are CSA certified for Us Market

Standards:

  • 120, 208, 220, 240, 277, 347 Volt
  • Heating capacity up to 5000Watts/17 050 Btu
  • Managed by remote thermostats or intelligent system (not included)
  • Charcoal finish (other finishes available)
  • 10 years limited guarantee

Prices from: $585 

Instructions of installation

Installation; as simple as an electric baseboard heater.

A specially manufactured internally installed electric element replaces the extensive water piping system needed for a central furnace. Having each radiator connected to a programmable thermostat allows heating preferences by room as opposed to one central setting.
Instructions of installation

Elegance and beauty of cast iron radiators with the distinct energy-saving advantage.

Most of the radiators for steam or water can be upgraded to electricity. To ensure your comfort, several dimensions are important to our calculations. Ecorad team will calculate the radiant capacity of your radiators and radiant capacity required of your apartments, which requires few details and dimensions from your end. Please click here to complete the file attached and attach a photo of the radiators.

 

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. Our decision to reuse antifreeze recovered from the automotive industry in all of our radiators supports that approach.

FAQ

How much time is required for proccesing?
Seasonally it can vary from 4-8 weeks.

What types of elements are used?
Copper elements specially designed for the size of the radiator.

How is the power wire connected to the heater?
At the electrical terminals in the cast iron junction box attached
to the radiator.

What kind of wiring do I need?
Standard #12.

Can the old pipes be used for the wiring?
Yes.

Is there a pressure relief valve?
No, replaced by a thermal fuse.

Any odours during operation?
Slight odour possible on first use

Is a standard wall thermostat required?
Yes, we recommend electronic, made by well known companies
(not included)

Is maintenance required?
No

What is the warranty?
10 years on the electric element.

Are there any costs other than those of the conversion and those of the electrician?
Disconnection and removal of the boiler, piping and radiators. Shipping and handling of the radiators(if needed)

Can there be differences of tone between the radiators with the translucent finish?
The translucent finish is transparent, so it takes on the patina of the iron. Each radiator is unique and two radiators of the same model could have a different hue, depending on the alloy melt.

Commercial-Power management systems

The Optimum OE13 is an intelligent management system for electrified Ecorad radiators. This system combined with the expertise of Ecorad, has the ability to maximize the inertia properties of cast iron radiators to consume the least amount of energy possible. Available for all type of buildings regardless of heating energy installed.
Informations: Optimum System OE13 (.pdf) >
The ME13 is a manual control system that offers a simple solution to budget and manage the energy consumption of the heating system with radiators Ecorad.
Designed for buildings which heating power installed is less than 99 kW and has a maximum of 8 zones.
Informations: ME13 is a manual control system (.pdf) >

Before / After

Before-After

Advantages:

  • Programmable by zone
  • Energy saving
  • Maintenance cost eliminated
  • Boiler, pump and piping eliminated
  • More energy efficient than traditional hot-water or steam heating systems
  • Healthier and more comfortable heat than forced air or convection heating systems

Economic advantages

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)

Radiant vs. convection

Convection heating can generate a 45°F 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 34°F 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.

Ecology

The wasteful practice of scrapping old radiators inspired the creation of Ecorad. The radiators on these pages readily illustrate the quality of the design and workmanship that went into their creation and we should not allow them to be discarded and forgotten. This is where sustainable development starts.


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.

The ecological benefits are not limited to the recycling of used radiators.

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