What does scientific research say about thermal insulation paint?

Did you know that thermal insulation paints are the subject of research by scientists around the world? They try to find out what properties such a coating has and how it can save energy, money, and the health and safety of workers. In the following article, we present some of the results of such studies.

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Evenly distributed heat in the house

The first study we present was conducted by scientists from the University of Tokyo. A group of researchers led by Takashi Oda [1] dealt with the problem of uneven heat distribution in heated rooms. I think it is clear to everyone that warm air rises, which makes it the warmest under the ceiling. On the other hand, the temperature at the floor is usually lower. Scientists asked whether painting a room with thermal insulation paint could change this. To this end, they created two identical buildings in which they placed a number of sensors. In one of them, the walls and ceiling were painted with paint with thermal insulation properties. The second room is painted with standard paint with no heat-retaining properties. The study lasted both in winter and summer and the measurements were collected for a total of almost 2 years. The results of this experiment showed that in a room painted with a heat-insulating coating, in winter, the floor temperature is higher than in a building painted with ordinary paint. This indicates that the thermal insulation coating helps to even out the temperature in the room. This, in turn, can translate into lower heat consumption. Imagine you are in a room with a radiator on. You are sitting on a couch that is definitely closer to the floor than to the ceiling. If you feel cold, go to the heater and turn the knob to let it give off more heat. But if the heat was distributed more evenly, maybe a degree or two more would be enough to keep you from having to walk up and turn up the radiator. This study also checked the thermal comfort in both rooms. It turned out that both in summer and winter it was nicer in a room painted with thermal insulation paint.

How to preserve thermal energy?

Another group of researchers, this time from the University of Volgograd and Kazan, checked how much energy and hence money can be saved by applying thermal insulation paint in factories [2]. Researchers assumed that currently energy saving is a very important social problem. From year to year, the energy that the industry needs is increasing. It is therefore worth checking what can reduce its consumption. One of the most effective methods of avoiding heat loss in factories is the use of appropriate insulators. In their research work, they checked the thermal insulation paint. For this purpose, they painted a part of the pipe transporting hot water from the boiler room, and then made a number of measurements, including the use of thermal imaging cameras that record and visualize the temperature distribution on the surfaces of the tested objects. The results showed, among other things, that the surface temperature of the painted pipe is on average 5 to 10 degrees lower than that of the unpainted pipe. In addition, it has been calculated that for a 250×6 pipe that is covered with 1 mm of thermal insulation coating, you can save up to $ 9 per year for each meter of such installation. So if we had 100 meters of pipe, painted with thermofaint, we would save about 900$ a year.

Pipes in factories and the thermal insulation coating

Improving health and safety and the thermal insulation coating

Research conducted in Russia has shown that using paint can save money, while Polish researchers asked whether the use of paint allows you to increase work safety? The research was conducted under the leadership of prof. Andrzej Posmyk [3]. They were checked, inter alia, feelings of people touching a steel cube through which water of different temperature was flowing. 10 people took part in the research. The results showed that even when the water in the cube was at 90 degrees Celsius, holding the hand on it for 30 minutes caused only a slight pinch of the thumb in the subjects. On this basis, the researchers concluded that the thermal insulation paint can actually improve the health and safety conditions of people who, for example, are responsible for maintaining such installations. This is especially important in places where it is difficult to insulate with other materials.


Scientific research has been conducted since the first thermal insulation paints appeared. In the above article, we have shown a few of them pointing to specific properties. Research has shown that thermal insulation paint will work at home, where it will help you save on heating and air conditioning. In addition, studies have shown that the thermal paint is a good heat insulator in factories and helps maintain a safer working environment.

No wonder that in Poland, thermal insulation paints are increasingly used by professionals and in households (see all GoTherm paint properties here). If you are interested, we invite you to buy thermal insulation coatings in our online store.

Information – reservation.

Various thermal insulation paints of different composition and manufacturers were used in the above research. Actual savings and performance for each paint purchased may vary.

Literature cited

[1] Oda, T., Nakai, T., Toba, K., & Jianbo, H. (2015). Measurement of amenity in buildings interiors coated with ceramic insulating paint. Procedia Manufacturing, 3, 1728-1733.

[2] Pavlov, M., Karpov, D., Akhmetova, I., & Monarkin, N. (2020). Assessment of energy efficiency of application heat-insulating paint for the needs of district heat supply systems. In E3S Web of Conferences (Vol. 178, p. 01004). EDP Sciences.

[3] Posmyk, A., Faruga M., (2020), Powłoki kompozytowe. Poprawa bezpieczeństwa podczas obsługi infrastruktury ciepłowniczej, Promotor, 34-38.

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