Monday, January 13, 2014

Production Has Begun!

Production has begun!!

I am told by the new owners that full production is underway and all orders will be fulfilled.  The delay involved multiple issues including undelivered inventory agreed to by the previous owners, power supply issues, and a new inspection by Underwriter's Laboratory.

Orders will be filled over the next two weeks by priority with orders involving no heat first, then replacement panels, then whole units.  Thank you for your patronage, patience, and understanding.  I look forward to serving you and providing you with the best American made radiant heating product available!

Kevin Owens
Owner
Radiant Heat USA

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NEWS
ATTENTION
November 2013
All orders for CeramiCircuit flat panel products are delayed by up to 3-4 weeks.  On behalf of the former and the new manufacturer of these products, please accept my apology for the delay and inconvenience.

The manufacturer was sold to a company in Cleveland, OH, in November, 2013.  This information was largely kept private to include distributors.  It was a surprise and inconvenience to my customers, myself, and Radiant Heat USA.

However, the news is Good!  Although the subsequent move from Wisconsin to Cleveland, OH, has delayed production by nearly a month, the new manufacturer is within a 20 minute drive from my home.  I will have direct access to the new company and production line.  I have already visited the site.

The new company has built a new addition to house the flat panel production line.  The new manufacturer will be maintaining the same high quality my customers have come to expect.  They also have plans to improve and expand the product line.  Stay tuned for news.

UPDATE:
12-18-2013
The Cleveland OH manufacturer expects production within the next two weeks pending the completion of an inspection by Underwriter's Laboratory.
All orders pending will be fulfilled.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Finance Your Heaters! 6 Months Same As Cash

Hi Everyone,

Happy Winter Season!  
We at Radiant Heat USA wish you the finest and joyous Holiday Season!

When you visit us and check out heating options please know that we now offer 6 months no payments and no interest from PayPal.

Go to www.radiantheatusaonline.com and click on the banner for more details. 

below is the actual banner that appears on our website.  Take advantage of this great financing to manage your purchase of our products!!

PayPal "Same as Cash" offer at the Radiant Heat USA website




Using new heaters, making a green heat conversion, replacing numerous heating panels and adding heat to the most used rooms is much easier on a budget with PayPal financing.

At checkout when you are at the point of payment just select the PayPal financing option and PayPal does the rest!

Enjoy the easy to use program and most of all enjoy the comfort or infrared radiant heat this season!

From Radiant Heat USA
Happy Holidays and thank you for your patronage!!

Kevin

Friday, November 11, 2011

EdenPURE GEN4 or iHeater 1500

When it comes to space heaters there are many options to choose from online and in big box stores. Generally, space heaters are designed and used to deliver spot heating to a specific small area, or on a person. Examples would be placing a space heater under a desk to warm a person's legs and feet, or placing the heater in a small room, like a bathroom for extra heat.

Typically we think of a space heater as a small inexpensive unit with metal ribbons or coils inside of it that heat up (kind of like a toaster) to radiate heat. Others are designed to have air flow over the coils to deliver fan forced warm air. Most of the inexpensive units are made with plastic components and are not designed to last very long.

Other units are more expensive and can last years or decades. But are they really space heaters, or something more? I believe they are actually something a bit more than a space heater.

You have undoubtedly seen the ads and infomercials for the wonderfully built, hand-crafted, wood cases that can heat a whole room. I am referring to the EdenPURE GEN4 models. There is a similar unit that does the same job called an iHeater 1500. The question is; do they work and which is best?

The answer is they do work when used correctly and the decision point on which is best is really personal preference. What is preferred is whether you like infrared heat technology that is solid state or quartz tube, or if you like heat lamp bulb technology.

The EdenPURE units have generally used Sylvania heat lamp bulbs in the past. The primary issue with these units is the bulbs burning out and needing replaced. Recently the EdenPURE GEN4 (approximately $397) has been improved to include infrared technology that is basically a glass quartz tube that heats up a metal cylinder. There are three of these quartz tube/cylinder combinations. These glass quartz tubes can also burn out and need replacing. The three tube/cylinder units are built into a rounded triangular housing through which fan-forced air moves. The fact that there are three of them built into a housing would make it hard to detect if any of them are burnt out or not. Ambient room air enters the rear of the unit, moves through the quartz tube cylinder housing, and exits the top front of the EdenPURE unit and warm air fills the space it is located in.

The Eden Pure Gen4 uses three Sylvania infrared quartz bulbs that have an advertised life expectancy of 10-15 years for the unit, 20,000 hours for the bulbs. They cost approximately $50-$60 to replace.
The iHeater uses a solid state copper heat chamber with a lifetime warranty and claims it can last 9 years of continuous use, or 15 winter seasons.

The iHeater 1500 (approximately $379) uses a solid state copper heating chamber infrared system that contains no bulbs or glass quartz tubes. It comes with a lifetime filter that can be removed and cleaned with no tools. The iHeater 1500 also utilizes fan-forced air through its heating chamber. Ambient room air enters the rear of the unit, moves through the solid state infrared copper heating chamber and exits the top front of the iHeater 1500 and warm air fills the space it is located in.

Both units have similarities.

Both units have enclosed housings that are cool to the touch. They are both portable and can be placed on casters to roll. They both have digital controls and a remote control. They are both safe for kids and pets and have an overheat sensor to turn the unit off at a certain temperature.

Both units have been modified for enhanced performance. The EdenPURE GEN4 runs quieter and has an improved fan, an improved thermostat, and quartz infrared bulbs. The iHeater 1500 has improved its thermostat and relocated it within the unit away from the heat chamber, improved the seals of the unit, and built it to tighter specs improving the force of the air flow and the heating of the air. Both units have a lifetime air filter that can be easily removed and cleaned. And finally, both units claim to heat a room evenly, wall to wall, floor to ceiling lowering your heating bill.

Both units have differences.

The EdenPURE GEN4 has bulbs that need replaced and you don't know when one or more of them burn out. If even one burns out the unit must work longer to produce the same heat lowering its efficiency. The iHeater 1500 uses no bulbs and places a lifetime warranty on its solid state heat chamber. Also, the EdenPURE GEN4 advertises an approximate BTU of 5,000 covering 1,000 square feet. The iHeater 1500 advertises that it covers up to 1,500 square feet at about 5,125 BTUs. The iHeater also has a safety feature that will turn off the unit if it is tipped. Lastly, the units retail pricing are about $18 apart, the EdenPURE GEN4 at $397 and the iHeater 1500 at $379. You can find both of them offered at various discounts.
An internet search yielded one reputable negative comment with one of the units.

A report was located in Consumer Reports about the EdenPURE GEN4 1000 having a melting, burning plastic problem. The link for more information is http://news.consumerreports.org/appliances/2011/02/one-melted-EdenPURE-space-heater-sparks-costco-recall-.html.

Now that the units have been identified by general operation, heat chamber technology, similarities, differences, and pricing, how do they save money?

It is simple, 100% of the heated air produced by the unit is used within the space the unit is located. The heat evenly heats a room wall to wall and floor to ceiling. This is not the case with your furnace within you home. Most homes using a furnace are only using 50% of the warm fan-forced air. About 10% of your furnace heat is escaping up the chimney. Additional heat loss happens at the joints and connections in the tin and duct work of your furnace and registers. If any of that duct work is on an exterior wall heat is radiated into the wall like a heat sink and can be seen with a thermal camera escaping through the wall to the outside of your home. Drafty windows and other such home improvement issues contribute additional heat loss.

When a device like the iHeater 1500 or EdenPURE GEN4 is used 100% of the heated air produced is used within the space being heated. Multiple units can be purchased to put in various rooms in a home creating zones. One zone can be set warmer than another. As these units are utilized the household furnace thermostat can be lowered saving natural gas costs.

For instance, units can be placed in a living room, den, and some bedrooms. During the day the units in the bedrooms can be lowered to a lower heat setting while the living room and den units can be raised a bit higher. When you come home you can set the living room and den units higher throughout the evening. Prior to going to bed you can lower them and turn up the bedroom units. All the while the furnace thermostat can be lowered to reduce natural gas costs.

The electric cost to run an iHeater or EdenPURE unit is about 10-12 cents per 1,000 watts per hour. So a 1,000 watt EdenPURE unit would cost about 10 cents an hour while operating and the iHeater 1500 running at 1,500 watts would cost about 15 cents an hour when operating. Since these units are equipped with thermostats they cycle themselves off when the ambient air reaches your desired heat setting. Generally, when using these units they would be turned on, set to your desired temperature setting, and left on to cycle on and off to maintain the room temperature at your setting.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Replacement Panels, Lots of Orders, and other stuff!

Hi everyone,

I want to thank all of my customers for their loyalty to my virtual store of electric radiant infrared heating products. It is a niche business and in this economy I am amazed at how many loyal followers of this great heat are buying units and replacement panels as winter approaches.

I have had many, many orders since the beginning of the Fall season for replacement panels for electric radiant infrared heaters. There are many such units across the country that are made by a variety of manufacturers that are no longer in business whose flat panels were made of glass.  Many of you who are replacing those glass panels are reporting that they lasted you anywhere from 15-25 years.  Amazing!!  

The replacement panels are NOT glass.  They are flat ceramic over steel panels that are thinner than the original glass.  They come shipped to you with silicon spacers for a good fit in the original housing.
When ordering it is very important to remember to measure your original glass panel to get an exact length and width of the panel onlyDo Not add the housing into that measurement.  If you don't have the panel available then measure the inside of the housing where the panel would fit.  Now that measurement may not be as exact as measuring the original glass panel, so before ordering, here is what you do... get a piece of thin luan wood, or a piece of thin dry wall, or a thick piece of card board and cut out the measurement you took then try to get that to fit in the housing as if it were the panel.  This will be a good gauge to confirm you have the right measurements for the panel you need.

Our replacement panels come in whole inches, there are no 1/2 or 1/4 or 1/8ths of inches.  You can find the various panels in beige or white and in 4 different voltages at http://www.radiantheatusaonline.com/shop/category.aspx?catid=8.  Our panels replace the following manufacturers: API, Glassheat, Berko, Infrared Circuits, Continental Radiant, Lincoln Electric, Electroglass, and Zell-Aire units.  Our panels are available in the following sizes (L x W) in inches:  5x27, 5x45, 6x32, 6x45, 9x24, 9x32, 9x45, 9x48, 10x16, 14x21, 14x31, 14x45, 15x20, and 16x24.  If you do not have one of these sizes please contact us about a custom size being manufactured for your specific need.  Feel free to contact me anytime at our contact page at http://www.radiantheatusaonline.com/shop/contactus.aspx regarding the replacement panels.

Besides lots of orders I have been out to a large warehouse west of Cleveland to build a job where the owner wants to heat a large area of the warehouse where the workers perform most of the business fulfillment tasks.  That was a fun project.  I also had a restaurant inquire about outdoor electric infrared radiant heating of a patio where diners can be warmed while eating or being bar side during cooler times late in the season, or even in the early spring.  Customers enjoy the outdoors and the restaurant can extend its outdoor season with electric infrared radiant heat.  It is good to be able to flip outdoor dining tables on a crowded night and earn revenue from an outdoor space that otherwise would be dead to restaurant revenue generation.  It is a good marketing tool as well.

And your customers who smoke can have a warm designated smoking area.  hey, you want to keep those customers who smoke, so warm them.  They spend they same money at your establishment as non-smokers, so don't send them into the cold for that smoke.  In the cooler and winter months install some plastic or canvass side walls against your business exterior and add electric radiant heat for the smokers.

Thanks for the support and the orders!  stay warm everyone and please pass the word on infrared radiant heating.  It is good for you and for the ecology, stay warm, stay green!

Kevin










Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Understanding Wattage and Voltages of Electric Infrared Radiant Heaters

The question has been asked of me if a higher voltage unit uses less power.  Specifically, if the CeramiCercuit Flat panel electric radiant heater model 945C would use less power if configured at 240 volts than at 120 volts.

First, wattage…. The 945C uses 1000 watts and the 1445C uses 1500 watts.  The level of power is the same in wattage regardless of the voltage.  If 1000 watts comes through a 120 volt circuit (the wiring in your home or office) it is the same as if the 1000 watts were coming through a 240 circuit.  Watts is watts.

Now voltage…. The load coming in through the circuit is measured in amps.  The circuit is configured or wired by voltage.
If the circuit is wired for 120 volts the amp load is 8.3 for the 1000 watt unit and 12.5 for the 1500 watt unit.
If the circuit is 240 volts the amp load is 4.16 for the 1000 watt unit and 6.25 for the 1500 watt unit. 

As you can see, when the voltage in the wiring of the circuit goes up the amps drawn by the unit comes down. 
Let’s say the voltage of the circuit was 480 volts….the 1000 watt unit would draw 2 amps and the 1500 watt unit would draw 3.1 amps. 

A higher voltage circuit can accommodate more amp load.  That load is limited by the total amp load of the circuit.  That is what a circuit breaker does (or a fuse).  If the load goes over the max, the circuit breaks flips off or the fuse blows and needs replaced.  If the circuits maximum load is 30 amps, then the most you could put on the circuit is about 27 amps… always want a little less than the circuit can handle. 

To calculate total load of all of your units on any one circuit you figure out the wattage of the unit and the voltage of the circuit to get amps and then multiply the number of units by those amps.  Example, on a 120 voltage circuit a 945C unit pulling 1000 watts draws 8.3 amps.   Three of those units on that same circuit will draw 24.9 amps (3 units x 8.3 amps).  If the circuits max load is 30 amps, you’d stop with three units because one more unit will go over the 30 amp max load for the circuit.

Another example….  a 945C unit on a 240 volts circuit draws 4.16 amps.  If the 240 circuit has a 30 amp max load then 6, maybe 7, units can go on that circuit.  If the same circuit is 120 volts then only 3 of the 945C units could go on it.  In this example the max load of the circuit is the same, 30 amps.  The reason more units can go on a 240 volt circuit is because 240 volts lowers the amps drawn by the unit allowing more units to be on that circuit.  The units wattages remains the same, but the amps drawn by that wattage decrease as the voltage of the circuit increases.  So if the voltage of the circuit was 480 volts the amps drawn would really drop allowing for even more units to go on that circuit before maxing out the max load of 30 amps.

The higher the voltage of the circuit the lower the amp draw.  As the amp draw lowers more load can be put on a circuit.  There isn’t so much an efficiency of power with higher voltage as much as there is efficiency in the circuit.  With higher voltage more load can be on the circuit.

Friday, September 9, 2011

We Do Warehouses

I spent the afternoon yesterday at a warehouse in Strongsville, Ohio.  It is a very large facility that houses a large volume of products for shipping fulfillment services.  It is heated with natural gas which is expensive.  They want to keep their employees warmer in winter, but they want to reduce the cost of natural gas use.

The temperature in winter months within the warehouse, even with the natural gas flowing into the current heating system, hovers at about 50 degrees F.  And that is using natural gas to heat the whole warehouse.  None of the products stored for fulfillment services need to be warmed, they can sit on shelves in the warehouse awaiting shipment in any temperature.  However, the workers certainly need to be heated and plumbing can not be allowed to freeze.  So what is the answer? 

The answer is infrared radiant heating. 

The workers spend most of their time in an area that is about 120 x 30 sq ft.  This is the primary area where fulfilled shipments are packaged and shipped.  By heating that area with infrared radiant heating the workers can be kept warm and have the ability in raise or lower the intensity of the radiant heat.  At the same time the use of natural gas heating can be reduced throughout the rest of the warehouse.  The natural gas system can be run at a rate such that none of the plumbing freezes, but its use, consumption, and cost is reduced.  Further, this warehouse is using my services to analyze their utility cost overhead and reduce the utility rates to lower rates from an alternative supplier.  Ohio is a deregulated state in the utility industry so competition has flourished and this warehouse can enjoy lower gas and electric rates.

This warehouse will benefit from a blend of heating solutions.  They will use natural gas at a reduced rate to heat the whole warehouse to take the chill off and keep pipes from freezing, use effective and efficient electric infrared radiant heat to heat workers, and have a lower electric rate which offsets the cost of electric heating.  Further lowering the electric cost is that at the end of the workday the electric units are shut off.  During the day, because they are installed in zones, workers can have some zones on, some off, and control intensity all of which controls cost.  There is no cost when they are no in use.

Check out Infrared Radiant Heating.....  www.radiantheatusaonline.com