Materials & Technology

Demand for energy efficient heating products to rise, experts say

Wed, 11/30/2011 - 10:10

An independent study released by The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based market research firm, showed that the total expenditures in the U.S. on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment is projected to increase by 5.1 percent on an annual basis, according to Home Channel News.

The news source reported that this increase is projected because of rising interest in more energy-efficient HVAC systems. These products are not only environmentally friendly and will reduce the carbon impact for a residence, but will have a long-term impact in how much a family will spend on their energy bills.

An example of these new energy efficient products would be a radiant heating system. This technology utilizes an effective subfloor design to deliver the maximum amount of heat while using a small amount of energy to reach this goal.

The temperature of a room will seem warmer than it actually is, as the radiant nature of the product allows for a warm feeling to permeate through the room.

Since the system can be set to a lower temperature to achieve the same comfortable feeling for residents, energy is saved. The thermostat doesn't have to be set to 66 degrees in order for each room to feel like it is at this level.

The heat not only feels warmer than the temperature that it is actually set at, but also is spread out more evenly than a conventional system. The temperature difference between the floor and ceiling is only two-to-three degrees with a radiant system, as opposed to the more than 10 degrees that may result from a traditional source of warmth.