Launches Green Heat
April 13, 2009
While solar modules (and the glass that protects them) are much
the rage today, the panels are still a number of years away from
reaching an efficiency that will allow them to significantly grow
their market share. And while solar energy may someday be the primary
way of generating light and heat, Frank Dlubak, president of Dlubak
Corp., has launched a the new company called Green Heat to offer
"You hear everybody saying you want to get solar energy because
that's going to reduce electricity [usage]," Dlubak says. But
Green Heat has begun fabrication of a product intended to heat buildings
for a minimal amount of money. With heated glass, Dlubak says, "It's
going to help you right now
you plug it in and you have instant
As he explains, "Heated glass is nothing new. It works, it's
proven, it's just the fact that we are making what we're calling
a warm glass system."
Dlubak Corp. has been producing heated glass for its glass showcase
doors for more than 30 years; the heated glass keeps the doors on
grocery cases from frosting once opened. Dlubak says that what sets
his latest company apart from others that manufacture heated glass
is the way in which it is applying the product to an end use.
"We're making a low budget unit that's going to be held together
with magnets," he says. "It's retrofit, you put it on
the inside of your house, you
pop it in the wall and you
plug it in. It's a no-brainer."
Dlubak says that using this radiant heating system can greatly
reduce energy costs for home or building owners in a variety of
"Let's say your kitchen is always cold. So what you do is
you go turn the heat up to warm your kitchen up. What you've done
is you've warmed the whole house up so now to [improve] your creature
comfort in that room you're already spending more money," he
says. "If you had in that kitchen an electric window, when
you turn it on it would be the price of one or two light bulbs to
heat that window. So now what you're doing is you're using
energy but you're reducing energy because you're not turning
the gas up and heating the whole house.
The cost of heating the glass would be about the same as burning
two light bulbs, he says.
"It's 40 percent cheaper to run this heated glass in your
home than the normal energy costs," Dlubak says. "What's
important about that is that the utility companies are mandated
by the government to reduce energy in some way. They could give
you a break but they aren't going to do that. But if they can get
you as a homeowner to reduce your energy intake by having heated
windows, well they're going to say 'Hey, that's great.'"
The latest endeavor has been in the works for approximately 2 ½
years, Dlubak says. Although independent of Dlubak Corp., Dlubak
says that Green Heat likely will be selling its products to the
security glazing-focused sister company to incorporate heated glass
products within its product lines as well.
"A big thing in the military is soldier comfort," he
explains. "Right now if they're in Afghanistan, it's cold,
and in their vehicles they really don't get a lot of heat. Well,
we're going to have the windows heat up and warm them. Not only
take the frost off the glass but warm the soldiers."
Dlubak says that the company is up and running and the industry
can expect to see a product on the marketplace soon. "It's
set up where we can actually make 500 insulating heated windows
a day," he says.
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