Radiant in Residential

Arizona home outfitted with high-tech green solutions

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 06:47

Luxury homeowners are partaking in the green technology trend by designing entire estates using the latest energy-efficient applications. Multi-million dollar estates are being built to accommodate affluent Americans' desires to own a sustainable property.

For example, Tim Snider bought and designed a property that is almost entirely run on solar power. CEPro claims that the estate in Flagstaff, Arizona, is a shining example of what modern technology can accomplish.

Entirely cut off from power lines and natural gas grids, the entire property is run off a large solar photovoltaic (PV) system. However, that is not the only energy-efficient technology incorporated into the design of this home.

According to the source, there are also solar batteries to store electricity generated by the panels to use on cloudy days and at night. In addition, the home is outfitted with a solar thermal heating system, a backup generator and a radiant heating system.

According to the United States Department of Energy, an energy-efficient radiant heating system can save a homeowner a lot on utility costs due to the reduced amount of power it requires to warm a house. The technology also allows a homeowner to separate a house into various zones so that only spaces in use are being heated. More energy-efficient than a traditional heating system like forced hot air, radiant heat slowly warms a room from the floor up and can be easily combined with green energy technology.

A radiant heating system concentrates warmth directly in the space a homeowners wishes to use, instead of allowing heat to escape from air vents located throughout the house. Homeowners can choose radiant heating and decrease their utility expenses for the future.