Heating Green, a Bellingham-based company specializing in infrared radiant heaters, announced the release of a new generation of radiant heating panels last week. The panels, known as the Sola-Ray II, mount flat against the ceiling surface and radiate heat downward, warming people and objects below, Heating Green owner Jeff Caldwell said.

The heaters have a soothing physiological effect because the infrared heat they produce feels similar to sunlight, Caldwell said. The heaters are also more efficient than most traditional heating systems and unlike forced-air heating systems, the Sola Ray II requires no ducting, making it easy and economical to install room by room. The panels are also silent and do not produce any smell, pollutants or blow allergens, Caldwell said.

The Sola-Ray II features all-aluminum construction, making it half the weight of the previous generation Sola-Ray panel. This makes the panels more environmentally friendly and less expensive to ship and easier to install, Caldwell said. The new panel also features a more streamlined design and can be painted to match any interior, he said. With a thickness of only ½ inch it’s the thinnest panel on the market that mounts flat against the ceiling.

“The panels will blend in great with any surroundings because they don’t emit any noise or take up useable space. If it wasn’t for the heat they put out, you probably wouldn’t even notice they’re there,” Caldwell said.

Heating Green has completed a number of projects using the previous generation Sola-Ray panels and has received great feedback on them, Caldwell said. The Lummi Indian Reservation used the Sola-Ray in 16 new homes last year. The homeowners and architects were impressed with the performance and efficiency of the panels.

Heating green is currently working with a local architect who has requested these panels for several residential and multi-unit apartment dwellings for 2014.