The principal use of gas-fired infrared heaters is to efficiently heat commercial and industrial buildings or to spot heat the people within them. Heating an overall area with gas infrared heaters is particularly suited for buildings with large air volumes or high rates of air movement, where convection (air heating) methods are grossly ineffective. Infrared heats people, floors, walls, and other surfaces directly without heating the air first. The result is an instant warming effect, similar to the effect felt when the sun emerges from the clouds on a chilly day.
When infrared heating is used in an enclosed building, objects in the space absorb the emitted infrared energy. Once absorbed, the energy is converted into heat which in turn warms the surrounding air. With convection space heating, the air must first be heated and then circulated in order to warm objects and people in the space. In buildings such as factories, foundries, aircraft hangars and warehouses, the difficulties in convection heating become readily apparent. By contrast, a well designed system using gas fired infrared heaters creates a high degree of fuel utilization efficiency since it heats objects and people directly. Heating the total mass of air volume in the space is not necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do infrared heaters heat the air?
How do you size an application?
All infrared heaters are CSA Design Certified and are a safe and effective means of heating. However, like any heating appliance caution must be exercised in certain applications. Unless otherwise specified, infra-red heaters are not approved for residential applications. Furthermore, infrared heaters are not explosion proof and may not be placed in Class 1, 2 or 3 environments. Finally, careful attention must be paid to the “Clearance to Combustible” distances as published for the heater as this will ensure that proper safety distances have been met. Questions concerning specific jobsite concerns should be directed to your local Fire Marshall or Insurance Carrier.
What extra items are needed for installation?
- Venting Kits
- Hanging Related Accessories
- Safety Plaques
- Fresh Air Kits
- Guards or Decorative Grills
How is the heater controlled?
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