• Front of Palo Alto home.

Passive Homes vs Active Homes

Do you know the difference between an Active House and a Passive House? Although they sound like opposites, they are actually very similar! Passive homes focus on high levels of insulation and air-tightness, allowing them to operate using up to 90% less energy. While Active Homes also aim to be energy efficient, they tend to

  • Radiant Cooling Graphic

FAQ Friday: Radiant Cooling

Happy FAQ Friday! Today’s frequently asked question is: “What is radiant cooling, and how does it work?” 🤔 Radiant cooling is a technology used to cool buildings based on heat extraction via cold surfaces. The HVAC industry refers to this technology as “radiant cooling,” but scientifically speaking, you can’t radiate cooling since heat always travels to

  • Manhattan, NY Building with mControls

mControls in NYC!

Messana mControls. Combine your various systems. Control the chaos! This seven-story single-family building has provided modern climate control functionality with vintage aesthetics by merging the style cues of the Gilded Age with the operational mechanics of the Digital Age. Built in 1920 and renovated in 2015, this Manhattan building now features a one-of-a-kind climate control

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FAQ Friday: Benefits of Radiant Systems

We're back with another FAQ Friday post! It's a simple question, but we get asked this often: "Why go radiant? What are the benefits?"  There are a variety of reasons to go with a radiant system over a forced-air system. Messana radiant systems: Provide optimal Thermal Wellbeing™ Provide both heating and cooling Are more energy-efficient

  • Radiant Cooling without condensation!

FAQ Friday: Condensation

Happy FAQ Friday! Today's frequently asked question is: "Won't the Ray Magic® panels create condensation when used for cooling?" No! Not when using our advanced control system which uses mSense wall sensors to continually monitor the operative temperature and the dew point temperature of each zone. Condensation will only form on a surface if the

  • Nice Group Offices

Nice Group acquires Nortek Control!

Back in 2007, Nice Group installed our Ray Magic® radiant panels in their futuristic headquarters in Oderzo, Italy. A lot has happened since then, and now, we want to congratulate Nice Group on their acquisition of Nortek Control! Nortek Control has a long track record and solid reputation as an innovator in smart homes,

  • Different types of geothermal heat pumps.

Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

Here's a great graphic that shows the different types of geothermal heat pump systems; and how they use the Earth's thermal properties to heat or cool a fluid. GHPs are a highly efficient means of heating and cooling an environment and producing domestic hot water; making them an ideal energy source to be used alongside

  • Panels installed in between ceiling joists (24 O.C.)

Ray Magic® NK Ceiling Panels: Different ways to install!

Wondering how you’d install our Ray Magic® NK ceiling panels? You’ve got options! Check out the different ways you can install our radiant ceiling panels! You can install them in between: -Ceiling joists (24 O.C.) -Metal furring channels spaced 24 O.C. -Wood furring channels spaced 24 O.C. Installing our panels in between ceiling joists provides

  • Happy Birthday Active House!

Happy Birthday Active House!

We are happy to see our products used to build sustainable buildings based on Active House's three guiding principles: comfort, energy, and the environment! Active House has done great work over the last ten years; we can't wait to see what they will accomplish in the years to come!

  • Chatham University

Ray Magic® in the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment

A sustainable school needs to be sustainably cooled! (and heated!) The Falk School of Sustainability and Environment at Chatham University had its original Ray Magic® radiant system installed back in 2013; but we just took a trip out to Pittsburgh, PA, to upgrade the controls to our latest mControls platform! The radiant system is located

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