Top 3 Most Effective Uses of Infrared Heat in Green Building

Top 3 Most Effective Uses of Infrared Heat in Green Building

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

ductless heat pump headinfrared radiant ceiling panel surface mounted in bedroom

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

infrared radiant ceiling panel flush mountedWhen 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 info@mightyenergy.net

Winter Radiant Heat Open Houses

Winter 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 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.

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 Hartman Studios

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!

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!