Radiant Heating Panels Save Energy in Residential Building
The Enerjoy radiant heat panel is a solid state heating panel constructed of a micro-thin composition of conductive pigments and copper electrodes bonded between two layers of dielectric polyester film. This film is backed with one-inch thick six-pound density fiberglass board, faced with a texture coating and framed in aluminum. Its radiant output is 95% of its input energy. Panels are constructed to be mounted on the ceiling and have a nominal wattage of 50 Watts per .09 square meters (per square foot). Panels are also available in four voltages, 120v, 208v, 240v and 277v and are sized in .3 meters (1 foot) increments up to a maximum size of 1.2 by 2.4 meters (4 by 8 feet).
The estimated energy consumption resulting from heating with the radiant panel for a typical record year heating season in the home's geographic area is 7,229 kWh. This compared favorably to the heat pumps (10,764 kWh) and the electric baseboard system (15,107 kWh).
Typical Record Year Information: Heating Season Heating System
Radiant Panel Heat Pump Electric Baseboard estimated annual heating costs (at 0.055 USD/kWh) 398 USD, 592 USD, 831 USD.
Estimated annual savings from radiant panels Base 194 USD (33%), 433 USD (52%).
The estimated cost of the radiant heating system, less installation is 4,200 USD which includes the panels and the thermostats. As this innovative system becomes more commonplace, it is anticipated that its costs to the customer will decline. The payback period for this system will vary depending on whether it is installed as original equipment in new construction, as a substitution for a system that requires replacement, or as a retrofit to an existing system. Installing the system as part of new construction is less expensive since in can be installed by contractors already working on the site when other fixtures are being installed.
Richard. D. Watson