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Radiant Heat Isnt Just For Floor Heating

December 1st, 2007 · No Comments

According to the Radiant Panel Association’s website: “Radiant heating uses a warm surface to transfer heat to individuals and into a space rather than moving heated air. Although the air is warmed, the majority of the heat travels through the air and warms other surfaces, similar to a light shining on a wall. This natural heat transfer is both comfortable and energy efficient. Using electricity directly to heat a radiant “panel” is becoming popular.”

But hold on for a minute…isn’t electric radiant heat also utilized to melt snow off of driveways, walkways, and other surfaces as well as for managing the problems caused by snow and ice on roof surfaces? The answer is absolutely, positively, yes!!!!! As a matter of fact, when it comes to energy consumption, efficiency and comfort, electric radiant heat, electric radiant snow melt, and electric radiant roof deicing products are real winners.

What about the energy consumption of electric radiant heating products relative to their competitors? Single energy source electric radiant snow melting and radiant roof deicing products are more economical to operate than their radiant hydronic or hot liquid competitors because they do not need to idle or cycle during extended time periods when they are not actually needed to melt snow or ice.

Is electric radiant heat energy efficient? Electric radiant floor heat is more efficient than forced air or convection heat, for two reasons: first, because comfort can be achieved at a lower set point on the thermostat (typically 65 to 67 degrees F for electric radiant heat as opposed to 71 to 74 degrees F for forced or hot air heat); and, second because electric radiant heat does not heat the air, but rather it heats objects, including human beings, in the same manner that the sun warms objects behind a window on a cold winter day.

Will I be comfortable with electric radiant heat? While it is true that “hot air rises” it is also true that “heat has a propensity to go to cold.” The hot air produced by a forced air convection heating system, carries the heat with it towards the ceiling where it is not needed, resulting in wasted energy and a higher set point at the thermostat to achieve comfort.

Electric radiant heating is comprised of a family of technologies that heats surfaces, or radiant panels, that in turn radiate or transfer heat to the occupants and other objects in a room, the snow and ice on a roof, or the snow on a driveway, walkway, or other surface. The technologies in the electric radiant heating industry include high voltage products, self-regulating products, and Heatizon Systems’ low voltage Floorizwarm, Tuff Cable and ZMesh products.

Heatizon Systems Radiant Space Heating or Radiant Heat, Radiant Roof Deicing, Radiant Snow Melting, and Radiant Floor Warming products are listed to U.L. Standards and carry the ETL label, come with an industry leading 25 year warranty, and have been “Warming America’s Cold Spots Since 1979.”

By Steven D. Bench
Managing Member
Heatizon Systems

For additional information on Heatizon Systems products please visit www.heatizon.com


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