Infrared radiant heat systems provide versatile warmth that is both cozy and efficient. Powered by electricity, radiant heaters directly warm humans and objects without noisy fans, bad smells, or dry air and dust blowing around your house. Imagine the immediate all-encompassing warmth that feels like stepping into the sun, when you walk into your bedroom. Radiant heating systems are flexible and can be customized for any room layout. They complement any décor by mounting on the ceiling or upper wall and become almost invisible. Below are the best solutions for heating our buildings and homes more sustainably with radiant heat:
1) Hybrid System with Ductless Heat Pump
A ductless mini-split heat pump (DHP) is a great energy-saving solution for heating larger open spaces like an open concept great room. A single unit installed high on the wall can output 12,000 BTUs and save you more than 50% on your energy bills. However, DHPs struggle to spread heat down hallways and around corners. Unless you leave the doors open all the time, DHP’s can’t effectively heat bedrooms or bathrooms. Installing a second or third DHP head means running extra piping which quickly becomes messy and costly. This is where infrared radiant heat comes to the rescue! Instead of additional DHP heads, electric radiant heaters can be installed in rooms that the DHP fails to reach. As a supplemental system, radiant heaters will provide enhanced comfort, and zone control, while complementing the unbeatable efficiency of a ductless heat pump. Radiant heat also offers much faster heating response times than a DHP (approximately 5-10 mins) because it is warming humans and objects directly.
2) Zone Control for the Whole House
Infrared radiant heat can effectively and efficiently heat your entire home, with 1-2 units per room. By placing a thermostat in each room, you can heat only the rooms you are using. With an average 30% energy savings over cadet or baseboard heaters1 , infrared radiant heat warms objects and surfaces in a room directly. This means everything in your space will be an even temperature and furniture will become part of the thermal mass that will continue to provide soft warmth. Thus, occupants feel warmer faster and stay warm longer, lower air temperatures, adding even more energy savings. Additionally, with no need to dry the air out to an uncomfortable heat with noisy fans, ductwork, or moving parts, radiant heaters provide superior indoor air quality for your family.
3) Avoid Extending the Furnace for an Addition
When planning an addition to your home, the question often arises of whether to extend an existing furnace system. Adding ductwork can be quite costly, involve a complicated install, and may end up being less comfortable and efficient due to heat loss from the extra ductwork. Any time you want to heat any part of the system, the entire furnace has to fire up. You also run the risk of overworking your furnace or finding out that you need to install an entirely new one. Zoned infrared radiant heat is a great alternative to a furnace extension. There is no need to install more duct work and radiant heaters are as simple to install as a ceiling light. Affordable, comfortable and efficient heat makes radiant the ideal alternative to locations that an existing furnace can’t reach. Unlike vents and ductwork, radiant heaters are completely silent, require zero maintenance, and have the longest expected lifetime of any other products on the heating market. Talk about a great long-term investment! For more information, email email@example.com
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance recently published new research on the market saturation of ductless heat pumps (DHPs). They found that consumers are mostly motivated by the significant energy savings (up to 50%) that heat pumps offer. However, the study findings also show that one of the most prohibitive factors to installing this energy-saving technology is the high cost of installation. You can read the full study here.
Lowering the cost of a DHP install can be as simple as reducing the number of heads needed in a home. This can be done by adding supplemental heat source that is distinct from the DHP system. Often, the lowest cost, most efficient way to do this is with infrared radiant heat. Contact us for more information on how radiant heat can complement your ductless system!
Join us for one of our radiant heating open houses! Mighty Energy Solutions opens our home showroom to building professionals and homeowners regularly on Wednesdays. Our open house sessions this winter are: December 13, January 24, and February 21.
Attending an open house is an opportunity to see our Ducoterra SolaRay Radiant Ceiling Panels in action. Winter in the Pacific Northwest can be tough, but not with Infrared Radiant Heat Panels! These panels provide cozy, healthy, and efficient heat all year long. You’ve got to see it to believe it! Come experience this comforting heat yourself at our open house.
December 13 | January 24 | February 21
3108 SW Webster St, Seattle, WA 98126
Morning Session 8:00-10:30 AM
Afternoon Session 3:00-6:00PM
[or mid day by appointment]
RSVP‘s appreciated, but not required.
The JLC Live Residential Construction Show is this week in Portland, Oregon and we’re excited to be exhibiting again!
From Thursday November 30 – Friday December 1st we will be showcasing all three of our products at the Oregon Convention Center. Stop by booth #419 to feel radiant heat in action and check out radiant ceiling panels and radiant cove heaters in person!
Attend the show as a guest of Mighty Energy, and receive FREE access to the exhibit hall! Just use the promo code XB44 when you register online, and you’ll also get a discount on attending the conference.
JLC is the only northwest regional event catering specifically to contractors, remodelers, and their crews. Both the exhibit hall demonstrations and conference courses offer plentiful opportunities to learn new business management and job-site skills. Not to mention learning about innovative products like radiant heat! We’re also ecstatic to see more exhibits and courses focused on sustainable building this year. Check out the full list of conference sessions and register here.
Infrared Radiant Ceiling Panels are still fairly unknown in the heating market, so we are often asked if they are a new product. In actuality, the radiant ceiling heat concept and technology has been around for decades! However, the SolaRay II panel by Ducoterra was born in 2011 and has drastically transformed the existing technology. This newer product is easy to install, long-lasting, and low-profile enough to install in your living room.
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In the 1960’s, radiant ceiling heat was popular as a system that was installed to cover your entire ceiling behind the sheetrock or plaster. While this worked well at first, it caused endless problems for contractors when something went wrong and repairs were needed or homeowners wanted to renovate. There was no choice, but to open up the entire ceiling (as seen here)! Many people also wound up inadvertently damaging the heating system simply because they cut into the drywall without knowing the radiant heat coils were there. With the SolaRay II, these pitfalls are easily avoided because of the enclosed wire element and aluminum unibody panel. This construction means there are no moving parts and zero required maintenance. The manufacturer also offers a 20 year warrantee – the longest in the industry. Plus, the NAHB rates these radiant panels with an expected lifetime of 40 years. Talk about a long-term investment!
Early versions of radiant ceiling panels were designed to blend in with a drop-in commercial ceiling, so just like those ceilings, they were U-G-L-Y, ugly! Thick, heavy and often with obtrusive metal bands around the outer edges these panels would have stuck out like a sore thumb if you had installed one in your bedroom. The SolaRay II panel changed all that! At just 0.5″ thick, these heaters are the thinnest on the market. With a simple, modern design, they blend seamlessly into any room. You can also paint Radiant Ceiling Panels with any latex paint so that they match your decor exactly! Check out more install examples on our Facebook page.
Efficiency & Materials
Radiant Ceiling Panels can save you money when compared to other heating systems by allowing for precise zone control and keeping you feeling more comfortable at lower temperatures. The SolaRay II panels themselves are also produced with locally sourced and USA made parts. The simple construction of each panel means for lower costs and potential sources of waste than other heating products. At Ducoterra, they work tirelessly to minimize the company’s practices on the planet. In fact, after collaborating with a metal supplier they were able to eliminate 100% of sheet metal waste! Now, Ducoterra ensures that 99.95% of the materials coming into the warehouse are either used in building the heaters themselves or recycled.
Want to learn more? Contact us with questions today!