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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday April 29, 2017 | Westwood Addition at 9323 31st Place SW
11am – 5pm | FREE TICKETS
This Westwood Addition by LD Arch Design, transformed a typical one-story war-box home into one that is intriguing, yet approachable with modern, super-functional design for an expanding family. The project consisted of adding a second story with a master bedroom and bath, a family sized porch, and a kitchen refresh. Features include Infrared Radiant Ceiling Panels and many other DEEP GREEN solutions for healthy indoor air quality and minimal impact on the planet.
The homeowners had an existing single-head ductless heat pump that was re-used to heat the main space, but they didn’t want to spend the extra money to add a second head for the upstairs. Infrared radiant ceiling panels installed in the master bedroom and bathroom were the perfect solution. They were installed in the areas where the DHP would be less effective, providing a super-efficient and cozy heating system for the entire home.
Low-profile and out of the way, radiant ceiling panels also seamlessly complemented the exquisite design by Parie Hines (LD Arch Design) to create a warm, bright, and welcoming master suite.
The tour will also feature Model Remodel‘s Columbia City Backyard Cottage heated with Infrared Radiant Ceiling Panels. It was designed by Sheri Newbold of Live-Work-Play Architecture to maximize low-cost, efficient solutions. RCPs provide efficient, cozy heat throughout the compact space from a simple and aesthetically pleasing source. Read more about the project here.
Saturday April 29, 2017 | 4720 S Dawson St | 11am – 5pm
Saturday April 29, 2017 | 11am – 5pm | 2608 46th Ave SW
You’ll have another chance to see Radiant Ceiling Panels in action at the Frelard Net Zero Ready House
on Sunday, April 30th. Built by Abode Builders
, this project showcases how RCP’s can complement your net zero goals! Read more here
Sunday April 30, 2017 | 355 NW 46th St
See you there!
Are you thinking about remodeling your home but feeling unsure of where to start? A new book by our friend + colleague Stephanie Wascha of Wascha Studios, summarizes what she’s learned from 18 years as an architect, on two key subjects. First is how to prepare for your project – information you’ll need to give your architect, how to establish your priorities and save money. Second, she outlines how to avoid major conflict when you and your partner have different ideas in mind.
Unlike any other book on remodeling, Stephanie shares not only project challenges but emotional challenges commonly associated with remodeling as well. You will be privy to her years of observations, learn how others have managed typical stresses, mistakes, and challenges of this complex process both successfully and unsuccessfully. Avoid the avoidable, get inspired, and confidently navigate your way through your remodel to your new amazing home haven.
More info here. Available from Wascha Studios as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the like.
p.s. Designers and Contractors, this is a great book to share with your clients!
With funding from the Energy Department, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is working to develop innovative insulating window film that preserves views while increasing occupants’ comfort and saving energy according to an article on Energy Department’s website.
This research effort creates a millimeter thick insulation film that results in clear insulation with values equivalent to R-20, which is equal to standard wall insulations. The new technology will boost the energy efficiency of current window retrofit technologies by as much as 80 percent and building and homeowners will not need to replace their windows to take advantage of the technology!
Considering the billions of square feet of installed windows in the U.S., the NREL research provides a ripe opportunity for saving energy, reducing costs and cutting carbon pollution. The result: This window film could reduce building energy use by as much as 33 percent, creating a simple payback for window retrofits of less than one year.
Read More on the Energy Department’s website.
If window replacement is not on the docket, check out Indow windows for a spectacular, easy-to-install storm window option.