In Why Radiant Heat Rocks (Part I) of this mini-series of articles I said that I wanted to highlight some of the more unusual applications for radiant heat that I’ve encountered over the years. This particular one is non-traditional in that, while still a heating application, it’s not one intended for comfort or occupants.
In my 30+ 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 heating at all.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did in developing the solution and making it work for the client.
With so many different products to use, how does one know which is the best fit for them? It’s not an easy question to answer.
Each of our Electric Radiant Heating System products has its particular niche application. Some are “better” in certain circumstances while others are “better” in other circumstances.
As an architect, you’re hired to design. You want your creativity to flow but you have constraints. HVAC systems are costly, complicated and can impact your design.
An Electric Radiant Heating System can save you money … freeing up dollars for other design elements … and will blend in beautifully with your design.
The decision to specify a product or manufacturer is a big step. Your reputation is on the line with every recommendation.
We know you don’t make those decisions easily and that you must have a high degree of certainty you have made the right choice.
As an architect, you have many people you are trying to please.
- Owner: of course the project owner wants you to deliver everything and more on time and under budget
- Engineer: your engineer most likely just wants everything to work and wants to avoid any risks
- Contractor: hopefully your contractor is interested in getting your project built right the first time
When it comes to the environment and the design of the heating solution for your projects, everything matters!
There’s certainly a lot of noise and promotion going on about heat pumps (and in particular Ground Source Heat Pumps).
I’m sure that anyone who has to make a decision on a heating source for their home or building has run across them.
There’s lots of noise, but how much is real hard information that helps you make a proper decision? Not a lot, I’d bet.
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?
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.