Most of the information on this site pertaining to residential and new-construction products, designs, installations or HVAC upgraded products applies to commercial projects as well. However, by nature, commercial applications often demand, and deserve, differing levels of products and services matched by specialized HVAC experts.
Executive Heating & Cooling is proud to offer, install and service many state-of-the-art HVAC technology products to make your life more comfortable. Here are brief overviews on popular upgrade products to consider for existing residential, new-construction or commercial applications.
- Radiant Heating
HEATING : Cozy Comforts Through Technology
Radiant heating systems offer significant comfort
enhancements and warmth for private homes and commercial/industrial settings
while providing cost-efficiencies at the same time. While the concept
of radiant heating has been around for years, recent technological advances
and refined products such as radiant floor heating systems make this
indoor comfort concept desirable for today's families and businesses.
In addition, air quality benefits can be derived from the installation
of radiant heating systems.
As a mini-lesson, radiant heating is generated by
electricity, water or air. Electric and water are the most popular forms,
with water-based systems having an advantage in that water can be heated
by many sources like natural gas, propane gas, oil, solar power or electricity.
Heated water is sent through a network of tubes installed in floors, ceilings
or walls to create warmth. Regarding water-based versions, think nostalgia.
Water-based heating was (and still is) commonly used in older homes and
city apartments relying on radiators for source heat. Since then, good
concepts have been made better.
Electric radiant heating especially radiant floor
systems is currently more common thanks to intelligent technology. Radiant
heating is an increasingly popular indoor comfort upgrade for new-home
constructions, home remodeling and in designing heat systems for commercial
and industrial use. Radiant heating offers the potential to save on energy
heating costs while providing for warmer, cozier interiors.
The radiant heating advantage over forced-air gas
or electric furnaces is best understood by a simple law of physics: Heat
always rises. When you turn up the thermostat on your forced-air furnace,
baseboard vents push warm air out into a room, but the heat travels upward,
to the ceiling. This result is that the ceiling, of all places, becomes
the warmest part of the room or structure instead of where it would
do the most good, at floor level, warming people, pets, furniture, etc.
Radiant floor heating works through the energy and
warmth traveling a careful-design layout of tubes installed under the
floor to heat the surface and be absorbed by objects, like people. Warmth
is evenly distributed by the pattern of the tubes. Plus, since the heat
and warmth is where it belongs, you waste less energy trying to warm up
otherwise cold-tendency locations/rooms in your home. Studies have shown
that such systems can cut heating costs by 20-40%. Businesses, especially
warehouses and larger buildings with high-ceiling architecture or buildings
with expansive windows, may be able to reduce energy costs by even higher
Radiant floors can be installed in new-built or existing
homes and in commercial applications. They can be installed during remodeling
stages, as new flooring is to be laid, or conveniently installed when
adding a family room, an enclosed porch or when renovating the bath or
kitchen. Radiant heating systems can be buried under concrete before the
slab is poured, under gypsum boards when a wood sub-floor is used, placed
between layers of wood flooring, underneath joists, etc. Higher-quality
systems and radiant tubing usually come with a lengthy guarantee (20 or
more years) and systems are designed for longevity, lasting 100 years
Radiant systems are very clean and quiet. Since there
are no noisy blowers or ducts/vents to circulate dust, pollens, pet dander
or other allergens, they have the added potential to y enhance indoor
air quality in addition to indoor comfort realized by better-distributed
Radiant heating can provide coziness or warmth to
any home or commercial setting. While enhancement virtues are many, consider
how these comfortizers may appeal to you:
- Tiled, ceramic, slate, marble, linoleum or concrete
floors in any part of your home can be made much more comfortable. Consider
how cold-prone floors like the kitchen, bathrooms, basement, foyers,
hallways, etc., can be transformed into warm, inviting areas, even for
- Think how toasty warm and well-heated your new
family room addition would be with radiant floor heating.
- How much more comfy a place to hang out would
your new enclosed porch or sunroom be if equipped with a radiant-heat
- Consider the great advantages of installing radiant
heating in your basement when building a new home.
- How cozy would the new oak floor you're putting
in your master bedroom be if you added radiant heat as re-flooring occurs?
- In your business or commercial setting, how much
energy-savings, annual costs and employee comfort might be realized
if radiant floor heating were installed as you extend shop space or
build additional offices?
There are many other examples of how radiant
heating provides measurable comfort and potential cost-savings. At Executive
Heating & Cooling, we have the experience in designing and installing
such systems for many satisfied customers. If you would like to learn
more, we would be pleased to tell you about added benefits associated
with radiant heating systems.
HEATERS: Some Basic Info
Outdoor swimming pools are traditionally quite expensive
to heat because so much contained heat is lost due to evaporation. For
instance, it takes 1 BTU to raise 1 pound of water 1 degree; but every
time 1 pound of 80-degree water evaporates, 1048 BTUs are lost. Use of
a pool cover will help to minimize this loss of heat, but not always to
the extent where you may find the water is most comfortable for taking
There are solar-powered pool heaters and gas/electric
pool heaters to better regulate your swimming water to pleasant, comfortable
temperatures. These heaters operate by cycling the water past a heating
element back into the pool. Heaters can be operated on a timer or manually,
but most often a thermostat is used to turn on the heater when the water
drops to a certain temperature. This is the more carefree way to ensure
the water is right for a relaxing swim or dip in the pool.
A solar heater is by far the most cost-effective
option for outdoor pool heating. Solar heaters can either be built onto
an existing heating system or used independently. Because it generates
its power from the sunlight, the energy a solar-powered heater costs is
naturally minimized. The disadvantage, of course, is that an extended
period of cloudiness and days of rain, making the water colder, can inhibit
the effectiveness of the unit. And, of course, solar-power is not a true
option if you happen to have an indoor pool.
Gas or electric pool heaters are more traditional
and the most dependable means of ensuring that your outdoor or indoor
pool's water temperature is adjusted to the level you prefer. Gas or electric
heaters are built into your existing gas or electric system, heating the
pool with power from those sources. Generally, the most cost-effective
varieties of these units are the high-efficiency models; these can convert
up to 97% of the energy used to heat pool water temperature.
Executive Heating & Cooling can guide you in
choosing the best heating system for your needs and preferences whether
you have an outdoor or an indoor pool. Most important, our staff has many
years of experience installing and servicing swimming pool heaters and
similar water-amenity heaters, including hot tubs and Jacuzzis. Our knowledgeable
staff will be pleased to help you make the right selection for your pool
situation and are thoroughly familiar with all aspects of pool heater
High-Pressure Air Systems
Air Systems: Integrated Performance and Beauty
The team at Executive Heating & Cooling is experienced
in installing top-technology high-pressure HVAC systems. These whole
house systems unify and match up heating, cooling and ventilation components
for harmonious performance. This state-of-the-art approach to integrate
HVAC elements is an excellent choice for homeowners or commercial property
owners who not only want superior indoor air quality, but also seek décor-conscious
solutions to their HVAC needs.
The benefits of such systems are plentiful. Our specialists
will be pleased to consult with you about high-pressure air systems that
are ideal for historic homes renovation, preservation goals of historic
structures and for maintaining HVAC integrity for sophisticated commercial/architectural
Highlights of the whole-approach HVAC system are
- Can be installed in any home or structure regardless
of age, design or existing heating/cooling/ventilation system. Smaller,
flexible ductwork can be installed in limited-space confines and is
compatible with existing forms of ductwork such as:
- Electric heating
- Hot water heating
- Steam (and radiator-style) heating
- Baseboard heating
- Radiant in-wall and in-floor heating.
- Rather than creating warmer/cooler spots in a
home or building, high-pressure air systems use an aspirated approach
to constantly blend and ventilate air to every location in the house/structure.
This is compared to traditional systems and their companion ductwork
that basically discharge or dump out volumes of forced air from outlet
points (ex: wall registers). With traditional systems, this is what
results in unwanted blasts or pockets of hot and cold of air.
- Removes substantially more moisture from the air
than conventional systems. Humidity levels are measurably decreased
for very reliable, energy-efficient cooling.
- The high-pressure air system is aptly named: The
system is ultra efficient and pumps air approximately 2000 ft./minute
for maximized ventilation. Comparatively, normal circulation systems
pump at 500 ft./minute.
- A major benefit is that the system eliminates
the need for unattractive metal ductwork, offering visually aesthetic
advantages. Virtually obscured HVAC components make such systems a perfect
choice for preserving the original, unique look of historic or period
homes/buildings to permit retention of architectural style and integrity.
- System eliminates drafts due to superior design
and performance characteristics.
- Extremely compact and very flexible ducting fits
practically anywhere for a virtually non-noticeable appearance.
- Sound-damping supply tubes can be run throughout
any home, even when space is an issue; sound-deadening attributes make
system operation near-noiseless.
- Modular air handlers can be installed most anywhere;
their comparatively miniature size allows ease of installation even
in compromised-space situations.
- Outlets come in several designs and sizes to accommodate
installation; different finishes are available to coordinate your blend-into-décor
High-pressure air systems are engineered to be compatible
with any home's current layout. Their compactness and unobtrusive ducts
make them perfect for special situations and just as perfect for your
special household or commercial setting. Their outstanding performance
features and unique décor advantages are truly worth consideration.
If you are intrigued by the comfort, performance
and attractiveness of high-pressure air systems, contact us for more information.
We'll be delighted to share our product knowledge and successful experiences
in recommending and installing such systems.
GHP (Geothermal Heat Pumps)
Alternatives: Technology for Our Times
Geothermal systems also referred as ground source
heat and cooling pumps are an environment-friendly alternative to traditional
methods used for heating homes and businesses. With the potential to help
users realize energy-conscious goals and long-term cost efficiencies,
geothermal-based systems are drawing increased interest among consumers.
While particulars on how geothermal systems work are somewhat complex,
and we'll be happy to provide more information when you contact us. Meantime,
Executive Heating & Cooling offers an overview for readers and customers:
Heat pumps from ground sources are constructed using
tubing that is buried underneath your property. This specialized tubing
is filled with an antifreeze fluid that circulates through all of the
piping. During the winter, this fluid attracts heat from the relatively
warm earth (heat source) underground and brings it into your home providing
heat. During the summer, the fluid attracts heat from your home and discharges
it into the relatively cooler earth (heat sink) to provide cooling.
A major advantage of geothermal-based systems is
that they actually combine three major systems into one: heating, cooling
and some capabilities for water heating. Other advantages and disadvantages
to consider include:
- Can result in extremely low energy bills. Studies
show an approximate 50% savings in energy bills can be realized over
conventional heating and cooling systems.
- Geothermal is environmentally friendly and possibly
safer as well. Systems use less electricity to run and do not use any
types of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels employed by traditional methods
cause combustion, which produces and releases carbon monoxide and other
possible-hazard gases, contributing to pollution.
- Low maintenance requirements involved. This is
especially true when a closed-loop system is installed, versus the open-loop
type. Properly designed and installed geothermal heat pump systems generally
require checking and cleaning only at extended intervals.
- Year-round comfort is provided through geothermal
applications/installations. Most important to consider, geothermal systems
don't require installation of a furnace or an air conditioner. A properly
installed geothermal heat pump system eliminates the expense and upkeep
of these HVAC components and can accomplish both tasks.
- While initially somewhat expensive to install,
reductions in energy use and subsequent cost efficiencies may gain back
outlay expense in a relatively short time. Depending on the type and
extent of system design/installation chosen, reports indicate that cost
outlays for geothermal systems which are ultimately self-sufficient
may be recouped in just a matter of a few years. This of course depends
on other factors like the ranges of energy prices for different parts
of the country and also on what type of traditional method (i.e., energy
costs) the geothermal system was chosen to replace.
- Geo systems may have a tendency to work better
in some areas of the country than others. If you are considering a geothermal
alternative, we can help you research the information you need to make
an educated decision.
Executive Heating & Cooling has installed several
geothermal applications for satisfied customers who now enjoy the cost-savings
and convenience of going geothermal. Contact our staff and we will assist
you in learning more about benefits of applying geothermal technology
to your home, commercial or industrial situation.
MELTING SYTEMS: Cold-Weather Ultra Convenience
One of the most innovative safety/comfort products
available today for residential, new-construction and commercial use is
a snow/ice-melting system. While advantages of such systems are many,
this new-age technology essentially permits a safe, effortless way to
melt snow and ice on areas like driveways, paths, walkways, steps, patios
and steep inclines. Snow-melting systems have become a popular option
for new-home and commercial constructions in cold-weather areas.
Obvious benefits of snow-melt systems are reduced
health risks associated with snow/ice removal, decreased potential for
liability accidents, and less deterioration to concrete or asphalt surfaces
since salting, plowing and shoveling are virtually eliminated. Probably
the best recommendation for a snow/ice melt system is the sheer convenience
it provides in time-savings and not having to battle harsh, cold-weather
conditions or exert possibly dangerous physical effort to clear snow and
ice from your property.
A properly configured snow-melt system has four key
- Heating element (wiring or tubing, depending on
- Temperature/moisture sensor
- Power source, and
- A controller to tie the other three components
There are two types of snow-melt systems: the electric
system and the hydronic.
The electric version involves electrically activated,
heated wires that are properly patterned out and installed underneath
areas yet to be concreted or paved. When the system is turned on, the
wires heat up, melting the snow and ice above the finished concrete. Advantages
of an electric system are fast heat-up time and relative ease of installation
by experienced professionals. Also, an electric system gets warmer sooner
and melts the snow faster than a hydronic system. It's also easier to
possibly retrofit an electric system to an existing driveway than it is
with a hydronic system is - although the vast majority of snow-melting
systems, electric or hydronic, are installed as a new or replacement driveway
is being set.
Drawbacks to the electric version are the high electricity/power
usage you might expect and will likely need an extra electrical circuit.
Also, an electric melting system will only operate if powered by electricity;
this, then, is the key advantage hydonic systems have has over electric
A hydronic system works on the same basic principles.
Using flexible, polymer tubing installed beneath the driveway, the tubes
have a warm-water/antifreeze mixture that circulates through them. Its
advantages are in the flexibility of power sources that can be used to
run the system: Natural gas, propane gas, water heater/boiler, oil, electricity
and even solar power can serve as the energy source to run a hydronic
While the hydronic version may be more compatible
with your home's heating existing system and require no extra/different
power source, there are disadvantages. The first is that a hydronic system
takes longer to heat up than an electric system. It may also need to constantly
idle to maintain its heat. Another drawback is a possible need for a water
heater/boiler to heat the system. Maintenance requirements may be more
extensive, too. You will need to check anti-freeze levels regularly (similar
to a car or truck) to ensure that the system's tubing network retains
the proper mix of water and antifreeze; if not, tubes can freeze and crack.
Regardless of which type system you have or are considering,
snow-melting systems represent a new-age concept in convenience and safety.
Executive Heating & Cooling has extensive experience installing, maintaining
and servicing these innovative products. Call us if you would like more
information about the benefits of snow/ice melting systems.
The certified technicians and professional staff at Executive Heating & Cooling are experienced in the “hands-on” needs particular to commercial customers, a valued sector of our client base.
Over the years, we have designed, engineered and completed many commercial projects requiring our HVAC expertise. These commercial installations and service have involved completely new, or largely overhauled, gas furnace/forced air systems, split systems, total boiler systems, and after-installation service and maintenance.
Citing examples of our commercial capabilities, Executive Heating & Cooling has spec-designed and installed entire-system heat and A/C roof units for several commercial clients. We also work directly with commercial/industrial builders to optimize choices for total revamps of HVAC systems. We apply advanced levels of techno-knowledge, skills and HVAC experience to address commercial situations from the ground-up, completing large-scale projects to specs and criteria – to surpass the expectations of commercial customers.
If you have a commercial or industrial project that needs the “best of the best” to focus on your objectives and timetable – and want the job done right the first time – our expert team is waiting to serve you. Executive Heating & Cooling would be pleased to consult on your needs and demonstrate our extensive commercial and industrial HVAC capabilities.
If you have an interest in learning more about these terrific, innovative products, contact us. The experts here love to share their product knowledge with customers. We’d be delighted to speak with you about any of these exciting home/business comfort upgrades.