Benefits of Infrared Heating

Save Energy with Infrared

Heat the floor, not the ceiling!

Regardless of brand type or features, infrared heaters typically save energy compared to traditional heating methods. An infrared system’s overall operating efficiencies are proven and measurable. When selecting an infrared tube heater, several key features contribute to its overall quality and effectiveness. Two-stage technology, burner design, exchanger tube properties and reflector material all play a vital role in making an exceptional infrared heater.

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A properly designed infrared heating system offers many benefits, including:

  • Reduced Energy Consumption —
    Independent studies have confirmed fuel savings from 20% to 50% when compared to a warm air system.
  • Low Harmful Emissions —
    Infrared heaters burn clean and emit few harmful emissions.
  • Thermal Comfort —
    Heat the floor zone; not the ceiling. The heat energy that’s stored within ambient objects improves the comfort levels in the space.
  • Indoor Air Quality —
    Infrared heaters do not rely on air currents to transfer heat. This minimizes the circulation of hazardous particles, chemical pollutants, and cross-contamination of regularly occupied areas.
  • Flexibility —
    Infrared heaters can be directed where heat is needed.
  • Modular Design —
    Individual zone controls increase personal comfort for all building occupants.
  • Air Stratification —
    Since you’re not circulating air to heat the inside of a building, wide temperature variances are reduced, increasing perceived comfort levels.
  • Recovery —
    Infrared energy stores heat in floors and objects, so people will feel fewer effects of periodic air changes.
  • Durability —
    Low maintenance and quality components ensure a long life cycle.

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Infrared heaters are well suited for a wide range of applications

Low-intensity heaters can be installed vented or unvented, and bring in outside air for combustion, if necessary. They are typically installed where total area heat is required or can be configured for the space. They provide maximum flexibility in heater placement, directing heat where it’s needed most so everyone stays comfortable.

Properly designed, tube heaters are effective in commercial, industrial, outdoor, agricultural, residential and spot heat applications. In addition, two-stage heaters provide enhanced comfort levels and perform to the demands of the space. The two-stage operation allows for faster heat recoveries, design flexibility and improved comfort levels.

Plus, get clearance to combustibles data for tube heaters at a 20-ft. mark downstream of the burner. This allows for added flexibility in the heating system’s design and application.

Fuel Savings

Regardless of brand type or features, an infrared heater will typically save energy when compared to traditional methods of heating. The overall operating efficiencies of an infrared system are proven and measurable.

Our customers have cost savings of up to 62% over traditional heating methods.

Fuel-efficient heaters for industrial and commercial use were available long before we understood the importance of the environment. However, gas-fired infrared heaters offer a more robust solution to design, build and operate facilities that are ecologically friendly.

Radiant heat thermostats provide comfortable temperatures at the ground level while set 5°F to 10°F lower than hot-air systems, resulting in lower fuel costs. On average, infrared heaters can save from 23% to 50%.

Two-stage technology can reduce energy costs by another 12%, allowing faster heat-loss recovery, improved comfort and a significant reduction in equipment cycles.

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ASHRAE Fundamentals Book

Perimeter mounting.15%

Braneida Study Benefits of Infrared,  Save Energy

Summary of a 1993 study on two-stage heaters, documenting a 12% fuel savings and 35% cycle reduction over single-stage heaters.12%

Infrared vs. Forced Air StudyBenefits of Infrared,  Save Energy

Evaluation of an Infrared Two-Stage Heating System vs. a Forced Air System in a Commercial Application, ASHRAE Paper # 464324%

Benefits of Infrared,  Save Energy, Benefits of Infrared HeatingNew York State Report ASHRAE Handbook

“…annual fuel savings as high as 50%.”50%

Benefits of Infrared,  Save Energy, infrared heaterEmerging Technologies ASHRAE Journal

Emerging Technologies – Analysis between infrared heaters and unit heaters.33-50%

ASHRAE Statement

“…dual stage operations can improve comfort conditions.”N/A

Independent Studies

Documented fuel savings

While it’s generally accepted that gas-fired infrared heaters save energy and money over hot-air heating systems, we’re committed to documenting those savings through independent, scientifically conducted field tests.

The chart below contains studies which were conducted by independent engineering firms and by ASHRAE. Simply click on the study name to learn more.