Phinney Home Design & Remodel Fair: Jan 29

Phinney Home Design & Remodel Fair: Jan 29

We are excited to sponsor this year’s Phinney Design & Remodel Fair. Join us and over 70 other local contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscapers, and nonprofits. This year’s focus is “Let’s Get Ready! – for family additions, accessibility for aging, earthquake preparedness, and downsizing.

Our very own Laura will be doing a presentation on “Heating Simply for a Small Footprint.” She will focus on living in a smaller or modified footprint with hybrid heating solutions that are a super comfortable and healthy solutions while saving space, being less expensive to install, and treading lightly on the environment.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

11am – 4pm

Phinney Center Blue Building | 6532 Phinney Ave N

Want a 2 for 1 ticket? Email us!

 

Four Days of Renewable Energy in Portugal

Four Days of Renewable Energy in Portugal

Large array of solar panels with a hilll behind it

Earlier this year Portugal reached a major energy efficiency milestone. As reported on by The Gaurdian, the country was entirely powered by renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and hydro power for four days in a row or about 107 hours. And in 2015, 48% of Portugal’s energy came from renewable sources.

Looks like we’ve got some efficiency strides to make if we want to keep up with the Iberian Peninsula!

 

What do Spring Cleaning and heat have in common?

What do Spring Cleaning and heat have in common?

When the heat source is an infrared radiant ceiling panel the answer is: Healthy Living!

Reducing clutter, airing out rooms, and cleaning those hard to reach areas removes dust, dust collectors, and potential mold growth opportunities. Here’s how infrared radiant ceiling panels do the same thing:

  • warmNapSince they are on the ceiling, our panels are no more likely to collect dust then your ceiling generally does.
  • Their uni-body construction removes “nooks and crannies” that collect dust in hard-to-clean places.
  • Without any moving parts to blow air around, infrared radiant ceiling panels promote positive indoor air quality with dust-free, allergen-free, and bacteria-free heating.
  • The sun-like heat warms the surfaces of objects which then radiate heat back out and around – discouraging mold that thrives in cool, damp environments.

Now if only Spring Cleaning would come with a 20yr warranty like the infrared radiant ceiling panels – then we’d have something!

Learn more.

Investing in Alternative Energy

Investing in Alternative Energy

Renewable energy investments directly benefit you and all of us! Check out these opportunities to start making a change:

Seattle City Light Logo
Join City Light’s Green Up! Program
City Light customers can support renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest from geothermal, dairy biogas and wind by adding $3, $6, or $12 to their bill each month. Call (206) 684-3800 or visit seattle.gov/greenup

Northwest eco building guild logoEducation Session: Solar Energy for Those without Solar Access Join the NW EcoBuilding Guild at the Phinney Neighborhood Center on Wednesday May 25 from 7-9pm for a discussion of solar energy and how we can make it accessible for renters. More info.

 

Tiny House Heating Solutions

Tiny House Heating Solutions

Tiny houses are a great way to live with a smaller carbon footprint. In Seattle, they have also become a practical response to our city’s housing crisis. The Low Income Housing Institute has constructed Tiny House Villages all over the city.

Our experience is that people looking to live in a small footprint are inherently also interested in low resource/energy consumption and high space efficiency.

Laura recently discussed “small footprint” heating at the Phinney Home Design & Remodel Fair and at an LIHI event. In comparison to other heat sources typically considered for small spaces (radiant floor, radiant/convection wall heat, ductless heat pumps), radiant ceiling panels were clearly the superior solution on several accounts, including:

 

  • no special materials or substrate required for installation
  • conserves prime wall space for other needs
  • heats more comfortably, faster
  • low amps needed (between 0.8 – 1.6 for 240v depending on size of unit)
  • no noise or moving parts to break
  • efficient and healthy from production through use
  • 20 year warranty
Read more about the benefits of Radiant Ceiling Panels. Laura is also happy to have further conversations about the pros and cons of infrared radiant heat compared to other heating options!