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Is Infrared Heating Right for Your Industrial Needs?

thermometer-going-redThere are several different methods to provide heating for process in an industrial facility. People often make the error of conflating industrial heating and heating designed for indoor comfort. The two are different, and the standard methods used to deliver a comfortable indoor climate for employees, clients, and tenants are often not useful for process and protecting equipment.

This is why relying on experienced professionals when it comes to any industrial heater in Ajax, ON is essential: a contractor who only handles commercial HVAC may lack the options necessary for climate control. One example is infrared heating systems.

Infrared Heating vs. Convection Heating

Convection heating is the distribution of heat through the movement of air: the air is first heated, then blowers move the air around a space. An infrared heater delivers heat through radiation, so the heat moves on a direct “line-of-sight” from the heater to the object it’s heating. Industrial infrared heaters burn a mixture of gas and air along the surface of ceramic tiles which then send out radiant heat into a space.

Although convection heating is effective for many purposes, it has limitations: it takes longer to deliver heat to large spaces and often leaves behind cold pockets. For proper convection heating, there must be enough airflow for the heat to reach all areas requiring warmth. Infrared heating is more effective and energy efficient when it comes to managing larger spaces, and the heat is easy to direct—the infrared heaters must simply be “pointed” in the direction of the objects requiring heat, and the heat moves directly to them. 

Best Uses of Industrial Infrared Heating

Infrared radiant heating systems aren’t ideal for all situations or facilities, but they are extremely useful in industrial facilities that have large open spaces and high ceilings. The heat sent out from convection heaters moves first to the ceiling of a space and takes time for it to seep down through the rest of the area. Infrared heaters can be placed near the ceilings and send their heat downward to radiant evenly, more quickly and efficiently providing heat. 

Infrared heating is also useful in facilities that are often exposed to outdoor conditions (for example, a warehouse that frequently has open bay doors). The heat can be easily targeted to areas so it won’t suffer as much heat loss as a convection heater.

Infrared heaters provide “cleaner” heating to spaces that require a reduction of dust and other particulates. Convection heaters can lead to dusty conditions and the spread of dust, where infrared heating does not move any air at all and can help with indoor air quality issues that are vital for many industrial processes.

Choosing Industrial Heaters

There are numerous other factors to consider when you’re looking for industrial heating installation in your facility; you may require a combination of infrared radiant heating, convection heating, and hydronic heating. Our industrial HVAC experts will see that you have the most effective and energy-efficient systems in place. 

Advantage Airtech Commercial Ltd. is the Double “A” Name with the Triple “A” Rating. Call us for commercial HVAC service in the Greater Toronto Area.

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