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!

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!
Radiant Ceiling Panels are a smart choice – wireless thermostats make them smarter!

Radiant Ceiling Panels are a smart choice – wireless thermostats make them smarter!

by Steve Abercrombie, Connected Buildings

Wireless thermostats are a perfect way to improve comfort, make your home smarter, and save money and energy. Radiant Ceiling Panels supplied by Mighty Energy Solutions are a perfect complement to wireless thermostats. Since they offer precise heat on a per-room basis, you can fine tune your comfort while keeping your energy bills low for the rooms that are not in use. Radiant heat makes you start feeling warm in seconds, so you don’t have to worry about a long lag between turning up the heat and feeling comfortable.

“Wireless” thermostats are a bit of a misnomer. While they can be controlled from anywhere you have an internet connection, they still need power to run, and need to be connected to your home heating system. In some projects, you don’t have to run wire to mount a controller on the wall, which saves a lot of hassle and allows for a cleaner look. However, code requirements vary so make sure you get approval from your local building department. Wireless thermostats often allow control of your heating system from not only the next room, but from across the globe.

 

Ideal Applications

Smart, wi-fi enabled thermostats and radiant ceiling panels are an intelligent home-heating solution. Have a heat-pump serving the main part of your house, except for that cold guest bedroom or basement? You need to consider supplemental radiant ceiling panels controlled by a smart thermostat. If you replace your heat pump thermostat and use a home automation system you will be the envy of all your neighbors while also saving money on your heating bills! The radiant panel / smart thermostat combo is also ideal for vacation homes or Airbnb rentals where you can warm things up for maximum comfort just prior to arrival.

Have you ever wanted to say “Alexa, turn on the heat in the bedroom” so that it is warm and toasty when it’s time to go to sleep? A wireless thermostat integrated with your home automation system or controlled by your smart phone is just the ticket. Including such other conveniences as: turning off your heat from the airport before you depart for vacation, automatically setting your house to a lower temperature whenever you leave home, or warming up the house when you leave the office.

 

Wireless Thermostat Basics

Wireless or “wi-fi enabled” thermostats connect to your wireless network to allow you to control them via the internet. This control then allows you to use Amazon Echo, Apple Home, Google Home, IFTTT, or a variety of other Internet of Things (IoT) services to automate your home.

There are too many wireless thermostats on the market to review them all, but below are a couple of the most popular ones. Almost any wi-fi enabled thermostat can be paired with radiant panels!

 

Nest Learning Thermostat

The original ‘smart’ thermostat, the Nest is a great choice if you are looking for style and simplicity that you can control with your smartphone. If you want a minimalist look to accompany the low-profile radiant ceiling panels, and just want to save energy, consider the Nest. It works best when you are controlling a large room, say a great room or integrated kitchen / living room. This is because its learning algorithm works best in places that get regular activity, as compared to a sparsely-used spare bedroom. The Nest costs about $250. It also has a built-in occupancy sensor to detect room usage without other home automation components.

 

Ecobee 3 Lite thermostat

Ecobee produces a popular wi-fi enabled thermostat that can be controlled via a tablet, smart phone, or home automation system. The “lite” version of this thermostat is about $150. It is a good choice for folks looking for multiple room thermostats, while still getting a modern look, or for people with an established home automation system. To get a built-in occupancy sensor function or to be able to add native room temperature sensors, you have to upgrade to the non-lite version, the Ecobee 3.

 

Honeywell RTH6580WF

Although they don’t have the sleek design of the Nest or the Ecobee, Honeywell is a trusted name in thermostats. They have a line of wi-fi enabled and smart thermostats, with features rivaling their upstart competitors. After some evaluation, I chose the Honeywell RTH6580WF for my home. At less than $100 apiece, installing two of these was a snap to heat my office and guest bedroom!

 By reading online reviews and doing a little shopping it isn’t hard to find the thermostat that is right for you. Don’t forget, security is always important with any internet-connected device you get. Make sure to buy from a reliable manufacturer and change the default password immediately upon installation.

Bring it all Together with Relays

The key to making a smart thermostat work with radiant ceiling panels is a relay with a built-in transformer. The relay acts a switch that turns the heating panel on and off when commanded by the thermostat.

The Aube 840T is the relay that I used to connect my Honeywell wi-fi thermostats to the radiant ceiling panels in my office and guest bedroom. Besides allowing the thermostat to cycle the power on the radiant panels, it also provides power for the thermostats via 3 small wires that are run from the ceiling to the wall-mounted thermostats. The Aube relays cost about $40.

I almost never use the thermostat controls on the walls, although I notice when guests stay over on cold nights, they love bumping up the temperature a few degrees to bask in the heat from the panels. Of course, I can check the temperature on my cell phone after they depart to set things back to normal.

You’ll want to consult with an expert to help you with the design of your control system and make sure everything meets code – Mighty Energy Solutions can help direct you. There are a lot of possibilities depending on the number of zones that you set up and how many thermostats and panels you want to install. They will also make sure that the relay you select matches the voltage of your heating panels.

Here is a diagram that I used to work with my electricians on the installation in my house. They took it from there and made everything look easy!

 

I found setting up an efficient, comfortable, and smart home with a couple of wireless thermostats and Radiant Ceiling Panels from Mighty Energy Solutions wasn’t nearly as daunting as it sounds and was made even more simple with assistance from Mighty Energy.

Introducing Comfort Cove Heaters!

Introducing Comfort Cove Heaters!

We are excited to announce a new addition to our line of energy-saving, ultra-cozy heating solutions, Comfort Cove Heaters by Radiant Systems! These slimline heaters are installed high on the wall in the “cove” of the ceiling, which keeps them out of the way of furniture and in an advantageous spot for effectively warming everything in the room. Similar to Infrared Radiant Ceiling Panels, they heat the objects and people in a space directly instead of blowing air and allergens around. This creates a more comfortable temperature, faster. Which in turn, results in energy savings for you. It’s a great solution as a stand-alone or hybrid heat system! More here.

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