Radiance

It has been quite a nice and quiet morning for me! With the exception of a power outage for a minute.

I’m still working on catching up on my Google Reader though! 🙂

Lunch was last night’s rather pathetic excuse of a dinner’s leftovers.

Couscous with white beans, feta, sundried and grape tomatoes.

And a string cheese.

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After a phone call to the landlady and some quick internet research, apparently we have Radiant Electric Heating panels in our ceilings.

Here’s what I have found for those of you that are interested. I rather was/am!

Electric radiant ceiling heat was a popular option in new homes from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s in the region. It is, like all electric resistance heat baseboards, fan-forced wall heaters, electric furnaces 100 percent efficient in converting electricity into heat.
Unfortunately, many radiant ceiling heating systems were installed when electricity was considerably less expensive than it is now. As the cost has risen, so has the cost to heat a home using any kind of electric resistance heat. Radiant ceiling heat is no exception.
Radiant systems produce a very comfortable form of heat, similar to being warmed by the sun on a cool day. As long as the radiant heat source can “see” an object in the room… occupants, the furniture, the floor and walls… it will transfer heat to it. Radiant heating systems, whether they are in the ceiling, a panel on the wall or in the floor, will heat the objects in the room, not just the air in the room. The air will get warmer the longer the heating system runs because as the objects in the room warm, they heat the surrounding air.
Warm air rises, but heat moves from warm to cool. So regardless of where the radiant heating system is located, as long as the objects in the room are cooler than the temperature of the radiator, they will receive heat. t just the air in the room. The air will get warmer the longer the heating system runs because as the objects in the room warm, they heat the surrounding air.
Warm air rises, but heat moves from warm to cool. So regardless of where the radiant heating system is located, as long as the objects in the room are cooler than the temperature of the radiator, they will receive heat.

So I think we decided we are going to give it a whirl in the main living area but leave it off (for now) in the bedroom(s).

What kind of heating do you have? Is it efficient?

-L4L-

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3 Responses

  1. I live in San Diego so I have no idea what kind of heater we have because we never turn it on. One year we used it, got the electric bill, said F that, and bought some sweaters and blankets.

  2. Hey girl. I don’t think your leftovers look lame at all. Glad you had a nice quiet morning! We have gas heat but …like Hallie…I live in a warmer climate (South Carolina) so we don’t use it much

  3. We use gas heat aka forced air (and I don’t mean L4LNot Dad). We use it like 9 months out of the year; it’s frickin cold in Montana, already had snow and 7 degree weather…aren’t cha jealous?

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