Infrared heaters use metal or ceramic tubes that radiate energy in the infrared wavelength region; they are used most efficiently to direct heat toward high traffic areas in a large volume space. Energy savings result when the thermostat setting for volume space heating is set low and infrared heaters keep people warm.
Advantages of radiant infrared heating include:
- Fuel savings between 25 percent and 70 percent compared to boiler-based space heating systems
- Increases employee comfort by eliminating drafts, air movement and dust
- Quicker heat-up times
- Allows for temperature zones and different operating times
- Increases floor space with ceiling mounts
- Easy integration into energy management systems
- Minimizes roof heat losses
- Elimination of distribution and standby losses
- Easy to install and service
- Does not require a supplementary heat source
The most common applications for infrared heaters in industrial plants are large volume areas with few people such as loading docks, warehouses or other areas that have intermittent exposure to outside air. Commercial applications include aircraft hangars, cargo facilities, enclosed walkways, fire stations, vehicle showrooms, big box retail stores, schools and train boarding stations. For buildings that have ceilings ranging from 11 to 80 feet, infrared heating is a good choice.
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