Recent tests in the US and Hong Kong are showing that indoor air quality is worse than air pollution on most busy roads.
That’s pretty scary stuff.
Finding a suitable solution to ensure better indoor air quality (IAQ) for your family is paramount, and at Uponor, we firmly believe that our radiant ceiling cooling panels can help you do just that.
Explore the health challenges poor IAQ presents, learn what radiant ceiling cooling panels are, how they’re easily installed in homes, and their unique advantages in putting your family’s protection first.
Health Challenges Every Family Faces
Residents living in “sick buildings” experience irritation in the nose and eyes, congestion, chest tightness, poor concentration, and other difficult to diagnose symptoms. For the elderly and children, symptoms are especially common.
Taking care of your family is a top priority.
For building engineers, creating the optimal healthy indoor environment is crucial to the success of their next project.
Everyone struggles with general health challenges, especially in big cities, but few people consider the health risks of poor IAQ.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialised cities.”
In Hong Kong, tests show air quality in people’s homes are worse than some of the city’s busiest roads, leading to residents being chronically ill.
The biggest culprits of poor IAQ in homes:
- Tobacco Products
- Building Materials
- Central Heating and Cooling Systems
- Outdoor Air Pollution
- Pollen, Mold and Other Allergens
One easy way for homeowners and builders to limit the amount of indoor air circulated and improving air quality is through updating their cooling and heating system.
What residents need is a holistic solution that addresses these IAQ challenges while offering the best thermal comfort and easy installation.
We believe radiant cooling panels are that solution.
What are Radiant Ceiling Cooling Panels?
Radiant panels cool a space by exchanging thermal energy through radiation and natural convection. The pipes located within the ceiling panels convey warm or cool water.
By using moderate water temperatures, low energy is used to cool the space. Uponor systems work well with renewable energy sources like solar, biomass and geothermal.
But, will it work for your residence?
Uponor’s radiant ceiling cooling panelling is customizable to meet the needs of any room or building.
The panels, as you’ll see below, are easy to install.
How are Radiant Ceiling Cooling Systems Installed?
Radiant ceiling cooling systems can be installed in a multitude of configurations. This type of flexibility is unseen with other heating and cooling systems.
Uponor’s radiant ceiling cooling panels, Comfort Panels, are designed to lay in ceiling panels on a suspended ceiling structure. For engineers and architects, attention to details like lighting and sprinkler systems should be planned in advance.
Acoustic panels are included with the system and are used in areas where panels need to be modified to fit. Comfort Panels cannot be cut or modified due to the pipe that runs through them.
If a ceiling system including the Comfort Panel solution is not ideal for the space, Uponor’s plaster system can be used for walls and ceilings for cooling and heating. Ceiling and wall configurations can be used alone or together.
Do you need a radiant system for a pre-existing residence?
Uponor created the system to allow for easy integration into other systems, like ventilation, in order to provide fresh air to the building while being mindful of elements like lighting, speakers, fire sensors and electrical wiring.
Is space a concern?
Rest assured that the radiant ceiling cooling panels can be installed without significantly altering functional or aesthetic aspects of a residence.
Now that we’re aware of the installation considerations, it’s time to learn about the health benefits of Uponor’s radiant ceiling cooling panels.
How Do Radiant Panels Address Health Challenges?
- Mould: Radiant systems prevent condensation from occurring. This is done by increasing the temperature of the building structure (in cool weather). When cooling, relative humidity is controlled to prevent cooling below dew point, thus inhibiting condensation. That means no mould growth.
- Outdoor Allergens: If using a system including a dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) in conjunction with radiant ceiling cooling systems, allergens are limited because 100% outdoor air is pumped into the home. Filters treat air to ensure no pollen or other allergens are present. Limited ventilation using DOAS over other HVAC systems reduces the recirculation of allergy-laden air.
- Thermal Comfort: There are two main factors to consider with thermal comfort: 1) air temperature and 2) radiant temperature. A radiant system combined with a ventilation system like DOAS or another HVAC system addresses both those factors. Due to the way radiant ceiling cooling works, people in this environment will feel cooler but at warmer temperatures.
Long-term effects of poor IAQ can lead to respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer.
Therefore, it’s imperative that measures be taken to improve a home’s air quality.
What are the Other Advantages of Using a Ceiling Cooling System?
Keeping people cooler at warmer temperatures limits the amount of energy used. Precise controls moderate fluctuations common with typical HVAC systems.
Our ceiling system makes installing cooling panels easy. For new builds or existing structures, it’s a flexible cooling system.
Low Maintenance Costs
Uponor’s radiant ceiling cooling system is reliable. The risk for leaks is minimal. Longevity means lowered costs for residents.
The Best Tech Support in the Industry
Our tech support is there for you from install through use. When you have a problem, our specialists are ready to troubleshoot.
The Holistic Solution to Better Health
Uponor’s radiant ceiling cooling panel system has so much to offer homeowners. This eco-friendly cooling option keeps your family in a state of comfort while protecting their health by:
- Controlling Humidity & Preventing Mould Growth
- Limiting Outdoor Allergens & Pollution
- Creating Optimal Thermal Comfort
If IAQ and the health of your family are important to you, then a radiant ceiling cooling system is the perfect solution for you.