Infrared Space Heating

Making a warehouse, garage, or manufacturing building comfortable during winter months can be a difficult and expensive challenge. Not only do these buildings tend to be drafty, but most of the heat rises into the high ceiling space. In these situations, infrared space heating can offer an efficient comfort heating option.

What is infrared? Infrared is radiant energy which travels through the air, heating people and objects in its "line of sight." It can be controlled in the same manner as light, reflected by mirrors and other surfaces, and blocked by solid objects.

Standard convection heaters (warm air blowers) heat room air. In high ceiling applications most of the heated air rises to the ceiling. When infrared heaters are mounted overhead, reflectors direct the heat energy down directly to people, machinery, and the floor. Infrared heating provides steady heat without the drafts of blowers and fans.

Infrared heaters are especially appropriate for spot heating. A typical example is the loading dock of a warehouse. Where heated air would be dissipated throughout the warehouse space or lost out the dock doors, infrared energy is directly absorbed by the people below. In these applications, at least two infrared heaters are used, so that both sides of people are "seen" by the heat energy.

Gas infrared heaters come in two types of packages: unit heaters and tube heating systems. Unit heaters are self contained heaters generally used in spot heating applications. Tube heating systems consist of gas burner assemblies and long steel pipes (10 to 22 feet long) which radiate infrared heat. These systems cover large areas and are easily expandable with the addition of pipes and burners.