Five Ways Electric Radiant Heat Beats the Heating System Efficiency Trap

Posted by Kevin Kilbride

Jan 23, 2014 10:17:38 AM

Management guru Peter Drucker defined efficiency as doing things right and effectiveness as doing the right things.

In designing heating systems for commercial, industrial and residential applications, the HVAC industry has been obsessed for decades with efficiency. Has it been at the cost of effectiveness?

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Topics: Radiant Heat Vs Competition, Radiant Heating Systems, Electric Radiant Heat

Hidden Costs of Mechanical Heating Systems

Posted by Steve Kilbride

Dec 30, 2013 3:48:00 PM

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When evaluating a heating system, you often look at the initial capital costs, and if you can get it – running or operating costs. That’s only natural. You want to know that you can afford the system now and in the future.

You’re trying to estimate the Total Cost of Ownership and that’s good. But did you know that there are other hidden costs? Costs that are very much a part of owning and operating the system but aren’t immediately apparent when assessing them? In this article I will itemize some of these very real costs that aren’t immediately apparent to the casual observer.

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Topics: Installation Tips, How Does Radiant Heating Work?

Having a Hot Yoga Time in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Posted by Kevin Kilbride

Oct 8, 2013 3:59:00 PM

Five years after opening their first hot yoga studio in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown Yoga owners Lara and John Alexiou had grown beyond their original location and were preparing to open a new facility in July 2013.

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Topics: Radiant Heating

How Radiant Heat Saves Energy (Part I)

Posted by Steve Kilbride

Oct 8, 2013 12:03:00 PM

We all want to save energy. Whether your main reason is to be environmentally friendly (“green”) or just to save money, we all recognize the importance of not wasting energy.

Did you know that the very nature of radiant heat can do that for you?

In conventional heating systems (hot air systems such as furnaces or baseboards) first use energy to heat air. The air is then blown around (forced air systems) or left to convect naturally (baseboard systems). Note, too, that blowing air around requires additional energy to operate the fans or blowers.

Typically these systems are placed on outside walls where the heat loss occurs – and in particular you’ll find them concentrated directly under windows. That makes some sense since windows are a source of relatively high heat loss.

Heat Loss Explained

I need to get a little technical here to explain how heat energy is lost in a home or building. We’re all familiar with the concept of insulation and that more insulation is “better”. But how does this actually work?

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Topics: Radiant Heating, How Does Radiant Heating Work?

Are You Sick and Tired of Lost Productivity Due to Employee Illnesses?

Posted by Steve Kilbride

Sep 18, 2013 1:48:00 PM

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How much productive time is your business losing to Allergies, Asthma, Bronchitis, Common Cold, Ear Infections, Headache, Influenza, Pneumonia, Sinusitis, Sore Throat. Strep Throat or Viral Infections?

According to a 2011 Canadian Labour Statistics Division study, workers lost over nine (9) days of work annually, with over 80% of those absences related to illness. Lost time has increased by over 9% in the past decade.

Why Are We Sick Longer and More Often?

Jessica Green is a professor at the University of Oregonan as well as an engineer and ecologist who specializes in biodiversity theory and microbial systems.

Ms. Green's offers this insight into the problem of workplace illness:

“Humans in the developed world spend more than 90 percent of their lives indoors, where they breathe

in and come into contact with trillions of life forms invisible to the naked eye: microorganisms.”

She further explains how the problem is exacerbated in this video:

It's the Heating System!

Radiant Heating Systems: The Cure for Workplace Illness?

Radiant Heating Systems provide warmth and comfort the same way nature does, with a direct transference of heat from the sun to the Earth. 

Heat travels in straight lines, just as light does. However, heat travels naturally from warmer objects to cooler objects because cool objects act like a magnet to the warmth.

A ThermaRay SmartRooms environment works exactly the same way. Unlike conventional heating, our Radiant Heating Systems automatically warm people and objects first, not the air.

SmartRooms Thermal Comfort System generates this type of heat. Warmth is radiated directly to the cooler objects in a room, like walls, floors, furniture, and people.

Just like the sun does with a direct transference of heat from object to object, naturally and efficiently. Efficiently and effectively, without fans, pumps or hoses. Silent, motionless and invisible ... and that's what makes SmartRooms so smart!

Radiant Heating Industry Leadership since 1985

ThermaRay's Radiant Heating Systems have been the smart choice for Architects, Engineers, Developers, Contractors, Renovators, Energy Management Consultants and Homeowners since 1985.

Our radiant heating systems provide effective solutions to deliver comfort for a wide variety of construction projects, including Commercial Radiant Heating Systems for Hot Yoga Studios, Manufacturing Facilities, Office Building, Restaurants, Hotels and Warehouses, Industrial Radiant Heating Systems for Educational Buildings, Hospitals, Religious Buildings and Stadiums and Residential Radiant Heating Systems for: Assisted Living Facilities, Condominiums, New Homes and Renovations.

Our wide range of radiant heating system products provide elegant design solutions that save energy, are easy to install and lower the total cost of ownership compared to any other heating system. Our Architectural Series Radiant Heating Systems, Earth Thermal Storage Radiant Heating Systems, Radiant Ceiling Heating Systems, Radiant Floor Heating Systems, Radiant Floor Warming Systems and SmartRooms Comfort Controllers provide a wide range of radiant heating solutions that can be customized to achieve your construction project goals and objectives.

Best of all, you can count on the ThermaRay team's commitment to supporting you in delivering comfort to your clients. ThermaRay's radiant heating solutions are the next best solution to the Sun ... and a great way to reduce workplace illnesses.

Reduce Workplace Illnesses with ThermaRay's Radiant Heating Systems 1.866.457.4600

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Topics: Radiant Heating, SmartRooms

Are You This Happy to Get Out of the Bathtub?

Posted by Steve Kilbride

Sep 18, 2013 12:56:00 PM

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If you were staying at Washington D.C.’s Jefferson Hotel, you just may be.

Every bathroom at the Jefferson Hotel is heated with a SmartRooms by Therma-Ray radiant ceiling panel. Each guest steps out of the warm bath into a beautifully radiantly heated room, almost like stepping out into the warm glow of the sun itself.

As part of the renovation of this beautiful hotel, the panels were custom painted to match the decor of the rooms, thus blending right into the room, just like the warmth itself.

 

ThermaRay's Radiant Floor Warming System is a great solution to cold floors!

Kitchens, entrance ways, foyers and bathrooms are key areas in homes and office buildings which is precisely why so many of them include such decorative touches as tiling, marble, or natural stone floors. Decorative and cold. Our SmartRooms Underfloor Heating System transforms these frosty furnishings into an atmosphere of radiant warmth.

SmartRooms Underfloor Heating System can be installed under most existing floors and flooring materials. The system can often be used as a room's primary heating system but is most commonly used as a floor warming system.

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Topics: Radiant Heating, SmartRooms

McGill University's Bellini Life Sciences Building

Posted by Steve Kilbride

Sep 7, 2013 6:29:00 PM

 

McGill University Goes Green With Therma-Ray

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Nestled between the wooded slopes of Mont Royal and the cosmopolitan bustle of downtown Montreal, McGill University is a place energized by difference.

You can hear it in the languages spoken in its hallways and classrooms. You can see it in the cutting-edge facilities rubbing shoulders with storied heritage buildings. You can feel it when talent and ambitions come together in a culture that nourishes thinking and informed debate. McGill University with a student population of 36,000 has impressive credentials.

It is ranked 17th in the QS World University Rankings, it is made up of 19% international students, 23% graduate students, it has the Highest percentage PhD students of any Canadian research university, 180 countries where alumni live and work, 8 Nobel laureates (6 alumni, 2 academics), 132 Rhodes Scholars — the most of any Canadian university.

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Topics: Radiant Heat Vs Competition, Installation Tips

Why Radiant Heat Rocks: Part V of V

Posted by Steve Kilbride

Sep 7, 2013 6:26:00 PM

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This is the fifth installment of the mini-series Why Radiant Heat Rocks!. In this series I’m highlighting some of the more unusual applications for which radiant heat excels over the more traditional hot-air approach to heating. You can find the first entry Why Radiant Heat Rocks! (Part I) or the previous entry Why Radiant Heat Rocks! (Part 4)by clicking on those links.

Auto Repair Shop

My car had a few small issues with surface rust and the like. So I took it into a body repair shop to see what could be done to fix it up and prevent further spread of the rust. He gave me an estimate of the cost and the time-line involved.

I’m a patient guy, and I know that it takes time to do quality work – which is what I wanted. But it seemed to me that the time it would take him to do it was longer than I thought was warranted. I don’t know much about the auto body business and the processes involved, but I’m a curious guy so I asked.

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Topics: Radiant Heat Vs Competition, How Does Radiant Heating Work?

Why Radiant Heat Rocks: Part IV of V

Posted by Steve Kilbride

Sep 7, 2013 6:18:57 PM

Radiant Heating System Heats 800 Year Old Church

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Topics: Radiant Heat Vs Competition, How Does Radiant Heating Work?

Why Radiant Heat Rocks: Part I of V

Posted by Steve Kilbride

Sep 7, 2013 6:11:00 PM

In my 25+ years of providing radiant heating solutions to every imaginable type of building, there’s always several that stand out. In this series of articles I’m going to highlight some of the odder requests and challenges I’ve had over the years. Some are definitely not your average type project and some have nothing to do with space heating at all (my primary focus). I hope you enjoy them as much as I did in developing the solution and making it work for the client.

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Topics: Radiant Heating, How Does Radiant Heating Work?

   

Radiant Heating Industry Leadership since 1985


ThermaRay's Radiant Heating Systems have been the smart choice for Architects, Engineers, Developers, Contractors, Renovators, Energy Management Consultants and Homeowners since 1985.

Our radiant heating systems provide effective solutions to deliver comfort for a wide variety of construction projects, including: 

 

  • Commercial Radiant Heating Systems for: Hot Yoga Studios, Manufacturing Facilities, Office Building, Restaurants, Hotels and Warehouses
  • Industrial Radiant Heating Systems for Educational Buildings, Hospitals, Religious Buildings and Stadiums
  • Residential Radiant Heating Systems for: Assisted Living Facilities, Condominiums, New Homes and Renovations

Our wide range of radiant heating system products provide elegant design solutions that save energy, are easy to install and lower the total cost of ownership compared to any other heating system.