Growers now have a new way to provide the rootzone heating that plants prefer. BioTherm has expanded its hydronic heating product line to include Upstart, a professional rootzone heating kit using Roll’N Grow heating mats and a locally acquired domestic hot water heater.
By attaching the Upstart’s head unit to a domestic hot water heater, hot water is pumped through Roll’N Grow heating mats. Plants are placed directly on the mat set atop either the floor or benches. The media temperature sensor tells the heating unit when to cycle on and off to maintain optimum media temperature.
Hydronic heat is a rugged, reliable system that delivers safe, efficient, and responsive heat at a lower operating cost compared to electric-based alternatives.
“The benefits of hydronic rootzone heating are well documented – some growers say they won’t produce plants without it,” says Jim Rearden, BioTherm’s President. “Upstart is our way of bringing affordable root zone heating to all growers, regardless of their facility size.”
The Upstart is designed for growing areas 500 sq. ft. or less, but systems can be combined to address greater growing areas.
The Upstart base system starts at $2,499 and includes:
1 – Upstart head unit
1 - 4’ x 25’ Roll’N Grow Mat
1 - Piping & fitting pack for up to 25’ distance
Additional 4’ x 25’ Roll’N Grow mats are also available for $599 each. You can use up to 5 – 4’ x 25’ (500 sq. ft.) mats with each head unit.