Hi Good Group: Anyone have comments/opinions (har!) on ceiling heat.
Subject is a small, rancher with open living/dining/kitchen area and
small, boxy bedrooms. Not sure what isulation is. Just looking at one
for sale. TIA, Mary
ps: Individual room thermos. M
The house I live in HAD electric heat in the ceiling but has geo-thermal
now. But every house in the neighborhood was built with it. My neighbor
that still has it has the highest electric bills but her house is never
really "warm". I have heard it blamed for cracking ceilings and making the
nails loosen too. I don't know if that is true, but most everyone has had
the ceiling replaced. So, all I can say is check the ceiling and ask for
copies of the electric bills. If they don't have them, I am sure they can
request them from the electric company.
My big thing now is going around the house ripping out the thermostats and
replastering the walls where they were. The connection to the circuit
breaker was disconnected when the new system was put in.
Ceiling heat is far more common in more tropical climates where heating is the
rare exception rather than the rule, and when it is needed it's only on for a
Common in Florida's many 2-bedroom air conditioning units.
The first time I heard of infrared radiant ceiling heat was when a builder
asked me to bid on a job many years ago. Since I had no experience with
that type of installation my bid was high and consequently did not get the
While I was working on my estimate I had contacted the specified
manufacturer to learn about the product and how it was to be installed. I
don't remember the brand but it consisted of running wires forth and back
across the ceiling throughout the room. The system was not designed to
generate heat. It gave off infrared radiation which made your skin feel
warm and would do the same to objects in the room.
I didn't like the idea of those wires in the ceiling as they would have been
in the way if the owner decided to install recessed lights in the future. I
also was not crazy about the idea of low level infrared radiation beating
down on the human body constantly. I equate it to being in a toaster oven
on a low temperature setting for an extended period of time.
That was many years ago. There may be other ceiling heat products out
there, but I am not familiar with them. I tend to stay away from the latest
thing on the market until the product and manufacturer have proven track
records. It is difficult to repair something if the manufacturer has gone
out of business. Remember what happened when rich people discovered floor
heating systems in its early years? Fortunately they had money for lawyers
to sue and for contractors to replace their floors. Now years later there
are better, more reliable materials for floor heating.
Only that it goes against the basic laws of physics. You want
your heat to -rise- from below, you dump your chilled air in up
high and let it -fall- down.
But beyond that, if you've seen it in action and know that it
works, then what do I know? lol
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