Radiant in Residential

Spacious condos with modern designs incorporate radiant floor heating

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 16:47

Those who are in the market for a new place in New York City may want to consider looking for a condo or apartment building that features comprehensive design characteristics and modern amenities. By investing in a property with the latest in energy-efficient design, an individual is better able to save money each month on utility costs. As the price of heating, air conditioning and lighting an apartment continues to increase each year, making smart investments in new technologies and materials that promote energy efficiency is intelligent. 
With this in mind, developer Eli Karp has finished constructing his latest condo building. Curbed New York reported that the property at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights has a number of units up for sale. The prices on these luxury spaces range from $815,000 to $895,000. Each unit is a two-bedroom, two-bath structure that ranges in size from 964 square feet to 1,037 square feet. This property represents the latest in design trends in the city, with sleek lines, pops of color and large windows that let in tons of natural light. A number of exceptional energy efficient technologies, materials and design choices were also included in the property to reduce monthly operating costs. Here are just some of the few installed in the property:
1) Polished concrete. Unlike other flooring materials that require material harvesting that can increase the carbon footprint associated with the solution, concrete floors are highly sustainable. This materials necessary for this flooring solution are easy to cultivate and mix to create the final product that we know. In addition, a concrete floor has the ability to store heat and cool energy and radiate this out, which allows the thermal properties to keep a home warm during the winter and cool during the summer. By polishing the surface, a homeowner is able to create an aesthetically pleasing surface because it is available in various colors, patterns and textures. 
2) Radiant floor heating. This technology is the latest in eco-friendly heating delivery options available. Unlike other options that use baseboard units, radiators or vents, a radiant floor heating system uses the power of conduction to allow warmth to travel from the pipes in the floors into the rest of the room. This process reduces the chance for heat loss to occur and is more effective at delivering warmth, which improves efficiency. A homeowner is able to reduce the temperature a thermostat is set to in his or her home because the warmth is being applied more consistently and effectively, which means that less oil or natural gas is being used. 
3) LED lighting. Light emitting diodes bulbs are exceptional lighting options for a modern structure. This lighting technology can significantly reduce the amount that is spent on illuminating a space. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR rated LED bulbs use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. The technology also last 35 to 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs and 2 to 5 times longer than fluorescent lighting. The combination of less energy use and a longer lifespan will result in a reduction in operational costs. 
By investing in properties that have been outfitted with the latest in eco-friendly features, an individual is better ensuring the affordability of a home and a decrease in the carbon footprint associated with it. These and other technologies bring excellent solutions at a fraction of the energy use of more traditional options, without impacting function.