Winter Infrared Heating Open Houses

Winter Infrared Heating Open Houses

Join us for an open house! Mighty Energy Solutions will be opening our home showroom to building professionals and homeowners on the following Tuesdays this fall: December 11, January 29, and February 26. This is an opportunity to see Infrared Radiant Ceiling PanelsRadiant Cove Heaters and our BioSmart Wall Heaters in action. Heating season is almost upon us and now is a great time to think about how to efficiently heat your home. Pacific Northwest rainy seasons can be tough, but not with Infrared Radiant Heat! These systems provide a warm, cozy, and healthy heat all year long. Come experience this comforting heat for yourself.

December 11  |  January 29  |  February 26

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

3108 SW Webster St

RSVP’s welcomed but not necessary. Drop in anytime, no formal presentation.

JLC Live Northwest: Nov 29-30

JLC Live Northwest: Nov 29-30

JLC Live is the only regional trade event in the Pacific Northwest for builders, remodelers, contractors and their crews. The show returns to the Oregon Convention Center for the 7th consecutive year on November 28-30, 2018. And this year, they’re going green! Join us and the NW EcoBuilding Guild for a multi-day live demonstration of high performance building solutions.

JLC LIVE Northwest showcases over 70 building product manufacturers, including 3 manufacturer-led building clinics. Additionally, 5 LIVE building clinics and over 40 conference sessions, all led by nationally recognized experts who are available to sharpen both your business and your job site skills. You can also join us at the after-show party on Thursday to meet and network with your residential construction peers from all over the Pacific Northwest.

REGISTER HERE | FREE Expo Pass with Code: XP21

Big Heat for a Small Footprint, presented by Laura Elfline | Friday, November 30, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

A discussion of innovative heating solutions for small and multi-use spaces such as backyard cottages, ADUs, and compact townhomes. Hybrid heating solutions that are a super comfortable and healthy while saving space, are often also less expensive to install, and treading lightly on the environment.

High Performance Building Clinic – all day on the Exhibit Hall floor – November 29 – 30, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Representatives of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild go start to finish on a low-carbon footprint building envelope that will last a century or more. The Guild empowers people through education to transform the built environment for long term sustainability. This multi-day live building clinic, will educate attendees on the how-to details of high performance buildings. NWEBG Leaders, this clinic will consist of building a demo tiny house while showcasing carbon negative and innovative non-toxic materials. We will cover interior and exterior insulation, airtightness and waterproofing, heating and ventilation, as well as durable and sustainable finish options.

Radiant Panel Sizing in Four Easy Steps

Radiant Panel Sizing in Four Easy Steps

For any heating system, proper sizing is critical to performance – and infrared radiant ceiling panels are no different. One of the most frequently asked questions we get is how to size our infrared ceiling panels correctly. When we help someone size a system, we typically perform a heat loss calculation to determine system sizing. The following are some guidelines you can use to size panels for smaller projects, or when you don’t have all the information necessary for a heat loss calculation.

 

Step 1 – Measure the space

The size of the space is one piece of information you simply must have. Measure the length and width of the room and calculate the square footage by multiplying the two together. For example, if your room is 12 feet wide by 15 feet long, then the room size is 12 feet x 15 feet = 180 square feet (sf).

Step 2 – Estimate the necessary wattage

Next you need to estimate the amount of heating you’ll need. This is where a heat loss calculation comes in handy. However, there are some general guidelines we use that will get you pretty close.

  • Supplemental System (i.e. a ductless or forced air system is doing most of the work): 2 Watts/square foot (W/sf)
  • Super Insulated Room (meets US EPA Energy Star standards or above): 4.5 W/sf
  • Normally Insulated Room (meets current code): 6 W/sf
  • Low Insulation/Drafty Room: 7-9 W/sf

Step 3 – Determine the watt density (intensity)

Now you need to look at the mounting height (this is usually the ceiling height) of the panel to determine appropriate watt density. The higher the watt density, the more intense the maximum output of the panels.

  • 50w/sf – eg a 120AIP4-400 is 400 watts over 8 square feet of panel – 50w/sf. This watt density is best suited for lower intensity applications, like ceilings under 8′ in height.
  • 62.5w/sf – eg a 120AIP4-500 is 500 watts over 8 square feet of panel – 62.5w/sf. This watt density is the most versatile – readily used from 8′ ceilings up to 9’6″.
  • 93.75w/sf – eg a 120AIP4-750 @ 750 watts over 8 square feet of panel = 93.75w/sf. This watt density is best used in places where higher intensity is desired, such as high draft areas or ceilings over 10′.

Step 4 – Determine # of panels

We have a rule of thumb for coverage to get started here – take the square footage of the room and divide it by 20. Then, divide that number by either 6, 4, 3, or 2, depending on what panel size you think will work best in the room. Finally, round that number off and you have the number of panels you should use!

Let’s use these steps in an example. Let’s say our example room is 12’x12′, with 8′ ceilings. It has normal insulation.

Step 1 : 12 * 12 = 144 sf

Step 2 : Normal insulation = 6 W/sf – 6 W/sf * 144 sf = 864W

Step 3 : Watt density should be at least 62.5 W/sf (eg a 6′ 750W panel, or a 3′ 375W panel)

So, we should use either a single 6′ 1000W panel, or two 4′ 500W panels for this room!

Ceiling panels in a backyard cottage by Model Remodel + Live, Work, Play

After this step, you’ll have to make a few judgement calls on the system. First, you need to make sure your wattage requirement determined in Step 2 is met by the panels you picked in Step 3 & 4 – if not, you’ll need to adjust your selection. Second, do you want more, but smaller panels, to achieve more even coverage in the space? You can use a single 6′ 750W to achieve the same heating as two 3′ 375W units. You could even use three 2′ 250W!  Some people like the symmetry and distributed coverage provided by smaller units; others prefer to simply install a single larger unit – the choice is up to you.

Fall Infrared Heating Open Houses

Fall Infrared Heating Open Houses

Join us for an open house! Mighty Energy Solutions will be opening our home showroom to building professionals and homeowners on the following Tuesdays this fall: September 25, October 16, and November 6. This is an opportunity to see Infrared Radiant Ceiling PanelsRadiant Cove Heaters and our BioSmart Wall Heaters in action. Heating season is almost upon us and now is a great time to think about how to efficiently heat your home. Pacific Northwest rainy seasons can be tough, but not with Infrared Radiant Heat! These products provide a warm, cozy, and healthy heat all year long. Come experience this comforting heat for yourself!

September 25 | October 16 | November 6

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

3108 SW Webster St

RSVP’s welcomed but not necessary. Drop in anytime, no formal presentation.

Infrared Heat in 4-Star Built Green DADU

Infrared Heat in 4-Star Built Green DADU

This 2+ story DADU (detached auxiliary dwelling unit), by Living Shelter Design Architects, is heated solely with infrared radiant ceiling panels. Certified Built Green 4-Star, the project features an extremely tight building envelope and healthy finishes for superior indoor air quality. Total living space is under 650 square feet, so the expense of installing ductwork or a heat pump system just didn’t make sense.

heat panels in DADU interior

Instead of forced air, the owners chose cozy and efficient infrared radiant ceiling panels. Heated by an electric infrared coil, these heaters radiate energy downwards. They heat the people and objects in the room directly, much like the sun. Spaces warm up faster & stay warm longer with very little electricity and zero maintenance. By choosing electric infrared heat, these homeowners also eliminate the added costs of installing ductwork.

Flexibility

Living Shelter designed this DADU as a multi-use space to add square footage to the owners’ already full home. They can use it as a space for guests, furniture storage and staging, and living space for future college age kids or renters. Because they are on the ceiling, the infrared radiant panels allow maximum flexibility for space use and layout.

Longevity –

The design/build team selected materials and finishes with the aim of creating an extremely durable structure that will provide this family with the space they need for decades. And the infrared heating system is no exception. The manufacturer provides a 20-year warranty and the heaters have an expected lifetime of over 40 years. This makes the radiant ceiling panels are the longest lasting heaters on the market. They will continue keep the space cozy for many years to come.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) –

Zero ductwork means that the homeowners also eliminated the risk of dust or allergens being blown around their space. With infrared heat they will also avoid the dreaded feeling of dry blown air in the winters.

Read more about infrared ceiling panels here.