Friday, April 29, 2011

Contractors & Home Refurbishing - Remodeling

March 1, 2011
Kevin Owens

A perfect solution to adding heat to a home during a construction or addition project is using radiant ceramic flat panel electric infrared heaters.  They are cost effective, efficient, eco-friendly, and a primary heat source of comfortable absorbing heat.  They even warm the floor! This solution is applicable whether building an addition on a home, adding a three season glass enclosure or patio enclosure, remodeling a home, or refurbishing an older home.  These units are the perfect solution for homes that have that one room that never stays warm enough.

So the question is how does this apply to the construction and refurbishing industry of older homes, home with additions being built, or green home construction?  Using electric radiant infrared flat ceramic panels offers a dual benefit.  The first is to bring heat to additions being built without running new tin and without the worry of the current furnace being powerful enough to handle the additional square footage.  The second is to add a more effective and efficient primary heat source to the home or addition. Particularly a heat source that utilizes green technology that operates at a savings of up to 50% over the cost to heat the same space with natural gas.

Heating electrically has historically been less expensive than heating with natural gas or oil.  That is because using 1000 watts of electricity costs about 10-12 cents per hour to run.  But more than that heating with electric infrared technology reduces the recovery time of heating a room.  This means the heating unit does not have to operate as frequently to keep the room warm or to re-heat the room after a door or window was opened.

A quick explanation and review of the efficiency and cost savings of infrared radiant heating follows in the next two paragraphs, then I will explain the benefit of ceramic flat panel infrared radiant heaters in the construction and refurbishing industry of older homes, home with additions being built, adding heat to patio enclosures or green home construction.

The reason why electric radiant infrared flat panel heaters are efficient and cost effective to operate can be explained this way; forced heated air systems only blow warm air into the room.  The room must be filled with enough warm air to make a person feel warm.  But at that point the only thing that is warm is the air, but hot air rises.  There is usually a difference in temperature between the air at the ceiling and the air at the floor.  The space at floor level and a few inches above the floor is never comfortably warm and is usually drafty.  To fill a room with heated air takes time and, the air is warmed before the person is warmed.   The room cools rapidly due to cold air infiltration, and takes longer to recover.  But the biggest disadvantage is that the forced air system must run longer and work hard to heat the air in the room and then reheat the room which costs the consumer more energy dollars.

Conversely, infrared radiant heating heats people and objects first by utilizing the technology of long wave electromagnetic energy.  After the people and objects are warmed they release the warmth into the air which then heats the ambient air.  Even if a door is opened that lets a rush of cold air into the room, radiant heating has a faster recovery time due to all the objects in the room being warmed and releasing that warmth back into the room.  Even though the unit operates continuously until the thermostat turns it off, it operates at an inexpensive rate.  And that cost is only incurred when the unit is running whereas a gas system is always burning a pilot light and trying to overcome drafty cold air infiltration. 

The electric radiant infrared flat ceramic panels are manufactured by Radiant Electric Heat (REH) in Wisconsin.   These units are made in the USA.  That is important to a lot of consumers and I am happy to point that out.  The REH brand is called CeramiCircuit ™. 

The CeramiCircuit ™ brand is constructed of ceramic coated 18 gauge steel plates with an energizing   circuit on the internal face of the heating element.  The heater body is a 20 gauge galvanized steel                                               construct with ventilation slots at perimeter.  The unit is made with a junction box of approximately 135 cubic inches running the width of the heater on the back side of the heater body.  Three 7/8” standard knockouts located left, right, and center, are built onto the rear surface of the junction box to allow entry of power feed. Actual power connections to the element and heater grounding connection are located at the left end of the heater. The heater elements have a wattage density of approximately 2.5 – 3.0 watts/square inch of emissive surface area.   The popular residential ceiling cove units are rated at 825 watts (Model 645) or 1000 watts (Model 945) in appropriate voltages of 120 volts, 208 volts, 240 volts, or 277 volts.  REH also makes CeramiCircuit ™ brand units in the following configurations: wall mounts, baseboards, large portable units (on casters or wall mount), and small under desk space heaters.  More information can be found at  The products at this page each have a link to the product brochure for more information.   Some of the above detail of the unit construction came from those brochures.

            During new and/or green construction, the building of an addition, any type of patio enclosure or three season room, or just a drafty, chilly room, the CeramiCircuit ™ brand of flat ceramic electric radiant infrared heating units offer perfect, efficient primary heat. They mount on two brackets that install like hanging a picture frame, they come with lead wire for behind the wall wiring offering a clean finished look, and the units can be zoned or operate on individual thermostats. 

            Instead of replacing or using a weak furnace or running extra duct work consider flat panel heating technology; the warmth of the sun in a box.  No emission, no forced air, no combustion, hypoallergenic, no maintenance, solid and durable, American made, and less expensive operating costs than other heating systems, the CeramiCircuit ™  line is tailor made for residential use.
Kevin Owens
Radiant Heat USALLC

Fifty % Saving on heating costs!

WOW ... 50% Savings!!   But how?

Simple, really.  Electric radiant infrared heat is so efficient that it offers greater warmth and comfort and costs less to operate than forced air natural gas furnace or blower systems.
It works this way:
Electric radiant infrared heat is a type of heat that is immediate and is absorbed by people and objects.  Even in a cold room when radiant heat is first turned on, human skin will feel the warmth and absorb the heat first which warms the person.  Within minutes theelectric radiant infrared heat is rapidly warming the objects in the room, like sunshine pouring in through a window.  As the radiant heat warms the room every object in the room, including the floor, is absorbing the heat.  These objects in turn release the heat into the room ultimately warming the ambient air in the room.  As the ambient air is warmed to the temperature set on the unit’s thermostat it will turn off.  While the unit is off the objects in the room continue to warm the room.  If a door or window is opened allowing cold air to rush into the room heating recovery is rapid due to the room warming from the objects in the room.
Any room being heated by an electric radiant infrared unit can have its damper to the furnace closed and be cut off from forced air heat.  The room can be heated for half the cost that it took to heat with forced heated air.
Here's why:
As the unit is operating and warming the room the consumer cost is about 8-12 cents per kilowatt hour to operate (an approximate average of 10 cents an hour per 1000 watts - refer to your rates per kilowatt hour on your electric bill).  When the room is not in use the unit thermostat can be lowered or turned off.  So, a 3000 watt unit would cost about 30 cents an hour to operate when it is turned on.  It costs nothing when turned off.  Therefore, with immediate heating, faster recovery times, and inexpensive electric costs on a decentralized heating unit, the savings to heat any equivalent square footage of space compared to natural gas or heating oil is about 50%.  
Natural gas systems continuously run a pilot light and a natural gas burner to blow heated air into the rooms of a home or building to warm the people in the room.  But, these systems only heat the air.  We know that hot air rises up to ceilings leaving a colder temperature at floor level (thus the use of space heaters and foot warmers).  This happens day and night whether or not anyone is using the room.  When a door or window is opened and the cold air rushes in the furnace activates by turning on the natural gas burner to force more hot air into the room and doesn't shut off until the thermostat indicates enough hot air has filled the room.  That is a lot of hot air because as hot air rises enough hot air must be blown into the room to reach the thermostat.  Also, in a cold room, a person will feel cold until sufficient hot air is in the room to make the person feel warm.  The person is warmed last.  Because the furnace is a centralized system it does this continuously for the whole house even if one room is being used.  At current gas prices, this can get expensive.   If you are paying a lot for natural gas or heating oil you've already paid for electric radiant infrared heatingunits, you just don't have them.
To mitigate such gas or heating oil costs and to have very comfortable and efficient heating a consumer can install electric radiant infrared heat in one or more of the most commonly used rooms.  Over time additional rooms can have electric radiant infrared heatinstalled.  Or, a consumer can invest in a home improvement project to convert the whole home from natural gas to electric radiant infrared heating.
Either way the savings remain about 50% of the cost of natural gas to heat the same space with electric radiant infrared heatingunits.  These savings come from immediate heating, faster recovery times, and inexpensive electric costs on a decentralized heating unit.  The savings grow over time as the cost of the units and their install is quickly recovered over a short number of years while the units last the lifetime of your home.  And it is very comfortable.  And….its green!

Save 50% on Heating Costs

Save 50% on Heating Costs

Easy Installation of Our Units

Radiant Heat USA sells infrared radiant heaters that are manufactured in a variety of electrical configurations based on the needs of our customers.  These configurations are listed as volts for each item in our store.  Typical voltages are 120, 208, 240, 277, 480, 600.  Units with higher heating power are manufactured at higher voltages.  Most outlets in residential homes are configured to accept appliances rated at 120 volts.
Radiant Heat USA sells many heaters that require little or no electrical installation.  These units are 120 volts and can be plugged into a standard residential outlet.  If a customer has preferences about hiding the power cord within a wall, moving an outlet, or -more commonly- installing a thermostat, some electrical work is required.
Each heating unit has an amp rating that is related to its voltage.  The higher the  heating unit's voltage the lower the amp draw through the electical circuit that the heating unit is plugged into.  If lower amps are desired then higher voltage heater units must be ordered.
For example: The Ceiling Cove Model 945 with 120 volts puts out 1000 watts of power at 8.3 amps is hardwired to a 110 volt residential outlet.  A customer may want a timer or a thermostat to control the heater which requires light electrical work.  That same heater with the same wattage is also manufactured in a 240 volt unit which draws only 4.2 amps, about half the amp draw of the 120 volt model.
Some commercial or other buildings require a unit configured to 208 or 277 volts which draw 4.8 or 3.6 amps respectiviely.  So again, the higher the voltage of the unit, the lower the amp draw through the electrical circuit that it is plugged or wired into.
When a home or building does not have the proper wiring to handle the voltage or amp load an electrician is required to properly wire the location to accept the heater unit.  For instance, if a heating unit that requires 240 volts is being installed in an area where there is only a 120 volt outlet, an electrician must run the proper wiring to accomodate the 240 volt unit.  Cost for this varies among independent electricians and estimates should be sought prior to installations.
Radiant Heat USA does not perform installations.  We do, however, recommend electricians and suggest sources for customers to locate a reputable certified electrician when it is necessary to utilize such service.  

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Electric Radiant Infrared Glass Heating Elements

Electric Radiant Infrared Glass Heating Elements

Good day my faithful customers… I hear there is a demand for replacement panels!  I am here to help.
Many of you are seeking glass element replacement panels for your electric infrared radiant heating units.  I know the search is on as several of you have contacted me seeking replacements.  Most of you have a glass element in the heating unit from these manufacturers: API, Glassheat, Berko, Infra Red Circuits, Continental Radiant, Lincoln Electric, Electroglass, and Zell-aire. These units had textured glass panel elements with the circuit sprayed painted on the back.
You came to the right place.  I can replace most of these elements.  These units had glass elements.  They now get replaced with a ceramic heater element that is constructed of  ceramic coated 18 gauge steel plate with an energizing circuit on the internal face of the heating element (the backside of the panel).  Heater elements have a wattage density of a minimum of 2.3 watts/square inch of emissive surface area.  Enough technical talk.  We have replacement panels!
The glass elements were thicker than the ceramic replacements.  To accommodate the size difference the ceramic elements come with silicone spacers.  The elements are easy to install.  To order please advise me of the length and the width of the origianl element.  I do not need the length and width of its housing, just the length and width of the original glass element.  I say that twice because I get calls where that is forgotten.  I want to make the ordering as fast and easy as possible.  With that I can be sure to get the right size if available.  Also indicate the voltage of your unit and if you prefer beige or white ceramic.  I can’t complete an order without the voltage of the unit.
As always your comments are welcome.
Thanks, and enjoy!