Do you own an Eichler home?
Your heating system may need replacement
Eichler homes are experiencing a resurgence in popularity and with the ages of these homes ranging from 40 to 64 years, the integral-radiant-floor-heating-system is, in many cases, in need of repair or replacement. Replacing integral-radiant-floor-heating can be very costly and disruptive to the homeowner and may not be practical.
Alternative HVAC Solutions can provide an innovative radiant heating/cooling system that can be retro-fitted to the ceiling and is ideal for Eichlers. This energy efficient system called Ray Magic from Messana has been in use in Europe for 20+ years. It is a simple seamless solution that can be installed without altering the beautiful architectural aspects of an Eichler and without the need for a costly disruption to the original integral slab radiant system.
At Alternative HVAC Solutions we have factory trained and certified technicians who can replace your existing floor slab based HVAC system with a ceiling radiant heating and/or cooling system from Messana. The Messana system:
- is energy efficient
- provides comfort and is silent without the need for duct work
- is ideal for Eichlers in that it can be easily retro-fitted without disrupting the architectural aspects of Eichler’s unique design
- is very reliable, and has been in use in Europe for 20+ years
- can be installed without a costly and in many cases impractical disruption to the existing slab based radiant heating system and the asbestos tiles that were standard in original Eichlers
- original Eichlers had zero insulation in the roof. The Messana system will add an R-value of 9.65 to the ceiling so you will experience greater comfort
Another option is Mitsubishi for Eichler:
- Mitsubishi’s ductless configurations free up valuable interior space so you can enjoy more usable floorspace.
- Mitsubishi VRF and smaller split systems save energy, while providing a high degree of comfort through their zoning capabilities. Zones or rooms can be designed to exact needs, taking into account occupancy and solar gain parameters. Indoor units can be controlled to operate only in those occupied areas that need conditioning; indoor units in vacant areas can be turned off. By conditioning only the occupied areas, heating or cooling capacity is not wasted.
- These units provide easy installation, simple service and longer warranties. Although, with Mitsubishi’s industry-leading reliability record, you won't have to worry much about that.
Who was Eichler and what are Eichler homes?
Joseph Eichler was a northern California visionary before anyone had coined the term "silicon valley". His modern residential designs commonly called "Eichler" featured glass walls and open floor-plans. They featured flat and/or low-sloping A-Framed roofs, spartan facades with clean geometric lines and few, if any, street facing windows.
The interiors were as innovative as the exteriors. They were airy and unconventional and featured exposed post-and-beam construction and the ceilings had tongue and groove decking that followed the roofline. They were among the first to be designed with concrete slab floors with integral radiant heating. There were over 11,000 homes built by Joseph Eichler and his company in northern California between 1950 and 1974.