Not Your Grandparent’s Radiant Ceiling Heat

Not Your Grandparent’s Radiant Ceiling Heat

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.

 

Longevity

radiant ceiling panel in blue bathroom

by Photo Elan

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!

 

 

Aesthetics 

measuring tape showing one half inch panel

by Ducoterra

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!

Going Foamless: New Innovations in Insulation

Going Foamless: New Innovations in Insulation

Insulation doesn’t always mean foam! Mighty Energy is proud to sponsor many of the NW EcoBuilding Guild’s Education Sessions and this month the topic is innovation in insulation practices and going foamless. As always, this will be a great opportunity to network and learn more in the green building world. We hope to see you there!

As we better understand moisture in buildings, alternatives to foam become more appealing for a number of reasons. Perfect installations, the right insulation products and great building practices can contribute to longevity and durability in buildings. Come learn about alternatives to foam insulation and when they are appropriate.

Our Speakers:

  • Rick Blumenthal entered the construction industry as a carpenter in 1971 while he was earning his degree in Environmental Conservation and Environmental planning. From 1980 to 2010 he had his own company constructing high performance homes. Rick has certifications in Energy Star, HERS, BPI and Built Green. Rick owns and operates Construction Resources and Solutions, a consulting firm focused on building diagnostics, performance and sustainable construction. Rick is currently the Training and Certification Manager providing instruction and education on building enclosures, insulation applications and building performance.
  • Lucas Johnson has a passion for sharing knowledge about building science, project management and client services. Lucas has a masters degree in Environmental Science and Management and a background in construction. As a certified Passive House trainer her shares he shares building science principles with his customers and community. Lucas is the Western Regional Manager of 475 Building Supply.
  • Travis Weeks is the General Manager of Performance Insulation and Energy Services, a full service insulation contractor focused on high performance best practice insulation and air sealing techniques with cost affordable solutions for all budgets in retro – fit and new construction applications. He has over 18 years of construction background from foundations through finish work that has given him the education and experience to work through any project scenarios.

 

Wednesday September 27, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Phinney Neighborhood Center Lower Building | 6615 Dayton Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103

Register here.

Fall Radiant Heat Open Houses

Fall Radiant Heat Open Houses

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 houses this fall are: September 20, November 1, and November 15. 

Attending an open house is an opportunity to see our Ducoterra SolaRay Radiant Ceiling Panels in action. Rainy season 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.

September 20 | November 1 | November 15

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.

Mighty Energy Session at Built Green Conference: 9/14

Mighty Energy Session at Built Green Conference: 9/14

Mighty Energy is proud to sponsor this year’s Built Green Conference on September 14th! A great way to end the summer, this event brings together professionals throughout the green building industry. The day includes sessions, speakers, and boundless opportunities to learn and connect with others excited about sustainability. This year’s keynote speaker, Alan Durning of the Sightline Institute, will discuss the intersections of green building, affordability, equity, and building policy/zoning. We’re also excited to announce that Mighty Energy will be hosting a conference session this year!

Heat – It’s Not Just Your Grandfather’s Forced Air Anymore!

This will be an interactive panel discussion on various types of efficient heat and their applications, moderated by our very own, Laura Elfline. From infrared on your ceiling, to radiant floors and heat pumps, industry experts will discuss the best solutions for many situations:

Is a heat pump really the most efficient heat source? Is it cost effective to put radiant floors in remodels? Why put heaters on the ceiling if hot air rises? If you’ve ever wondered about these questions, this session is for you! Our region has a goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. To accomplish this goal we need to complete multitudes of deep green energy new construction and retrofits in our existing residential and commercial building stock. Heating systems are a major factor when it comes to green construction and retrofits, and builders and designers need to stay abreast of the best energy efficient solutions for different situations. Eco-friendly heating solutions are not one-size-fits-all. Remodels often require a completely different heating system from newly-built homes, which are in turn, fully distinct from multi-family projects. In an expert panel compromised of professionals in the breadth of efficient heating solutions we will look at the variety of options for efficiently and effectively staying comfortable and the newest innovations in the marketplace, how to utilize new solutions as standalone or hybrid solutions, how systems perform in a variety of scenarios, and will discuss the best applications for each solution, along with available rebates. Panelists will also share case studies of winning and lasting applications that made a difference for their clients and the community. We hope to see you there!

 

 

September 14, 2017 | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

 

Cascadia College | 18345 Campus Way Northeast Bothell, WA

 

Register here.

Tiny House Owners from Across the U.S.

Tiny House Owners from Across the U.S.

Did you know there are an estimated 10,000 people in the United States who now have a tiny house as their primary residence? And the reasons people are making this shift vary almost as much! From sustainability to affordability, and improving family relationships to living a simplified lifestyle. This article introduces you to a diverse group of people who have made the choice to downsize. Efficiency and simplicity are key factors when choosing how to heat a tiny home. And our radiant heating products are an ideal solution. Contact us for more info!
How To: Safely Remove Hole Plugs

How To: Safely Remove Hole Plugs

In the case that you need to take your Radiant Ceiling Panels down (for returns, warranty replacements, etc.), there is a simple way to do so without damaging or scratching the heater itself.

Tools Needed:

  • Drill with 1/8″ bit
  • Needle Nose Pliers

Steps:

  1. Drill a hole in the center of the locking hole plug, using the forward setting
  2. Reverse the drill, and slowly engage bit while pulling out slightly
  3. If the plug does not come out after steps 1 & 2:
    1. Insert one half of the jaws of a pair of needle nose pliers into the hole you created
    2. Being careful not to scratch the panel with the half of the jaws not in the hole, use the pliers to wiggle and pull the plug out