Messana Radiant Cooling
Radiant cooling is a cooling technology that works by using a chilled surface to absorb the heat radiated by objects in a room, such as people or furniture. Unlike traditional air conditioning, which cools the air in a room, radiant cooling directly cools the objects in the room, resulting in a more comfortable and energy-efficient cooling experience.
mControls, radiant cooling control from floor to ceiling
Radiant cooling is a constant battle between the radiant surface temperature and the dew point temperature within an environment. The dew point represents the critical threshold at which condensation begins to form; so, the radiant surface temperature must be kept above the dew point to avoid condensation.
To overcome this challenge, Messana Hydronic Technologies spent several years dedicated to the development of advanced sensors and controls that could be used to manage a radiant cooling and heating system.
Messana’s Controls can now be used alongside WBI radiant panels to ensure optimal radiant floor cooling performance while avoiding condensation.
But how does Messana Controls monitor the dew point temperature?
To ensure that the radiant surface temperature never falls below the dew point temperature, Messana Controls utilize mSense room comfort sensors to monitor operative temperature, relative humidity, and volatile organic compounds.
Operative temperature and relative humidity readings are used to determine the dew point temperature and the VOC measurement reveals the environment’s indoor air quality.
By monitoring the dew point temperature within an environment, Messana Controls can adjust the radiant surface temperature as needed to avoid condensation. Additionally, Messana Controls can activate forms of dehumidification, which lowers the environment’s dew point temperature, allowing the radiant system to operate at a lower surface temperature, increasing cooling output.
Messana BLACK SERIES temperature controls
Messana Controls monitors and manages your radiant system to deliver complete comfort and optimal air quality while providing total control right at your fingertips with the Messana web and mobile app.
Messana’s BLACK SERIES controls include the mBox 5 and 10, one-box solutions for small to medium-sized hydronic HVAC systems (up to 5 or 10 zones).
For systems larger than 10 zones, contact Messana to discuss a custom controls design!
Messana Ray Magic® Radiant Ceiling Panels
In addition to their controls that make radiant cooling possible, Messana also offers Ray Magic® radiant ceiling panels. A Ray Magic® radiant ceiling uses hot/cold water to provide silent and invisible heating/cooling from behind the drywall of your ceiling.
A radiant ceiling system is best suited for radiant cooling applications due to its low thermal mass, unobstructed surface, and ability to create a natural convection cycle!
But doesn’t heat rise? No! Heat only knows movement from hot objects to cooler ones. Hot air is what rises, so, just like the Sun, a radiant ceiling can still radiate thermal energy downward.
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