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Radiant Cooling works in Edgartown home

Nelson Mechanical Design (NMD), a Vineyard-Haven based “green” mechanical engineering company, recently announced the successful completion of the first series of trials of a radiant cooling system installed in an Edgartown residence.

According to a press release from NMD, the new cooling system is a first of its kind on Martha’s Vineyard. It works by sending cooled water through radiant tubing in the floor, which in turn helps cool the house.

The use of radiant cooling is relatively new in residential buildings and offers the potential for energy savings when compared to a conventional air-conditioning system. The National Association of Home Builders Research Center’s website estimates the use of radiant cooling saves approximately 70 to 80 percent of the energy used by a conventional air-conditioning system to power fans to deliver cooled air, the NMD press release notes.

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