A mere 25 years ago there were very few options for heating residential garages and small providers. Basically, you had the preference of a forced air unit heater or. well, a forced air unit heater tank. Today, there are several excellent options including, vent free gas infrared, electric infrared, electric forced air, gas forced air and now. gas infrared tube heaters.
In previous articles we discussed vent free and forced air garage heaters ranging in price from $285 to $500. However for a bit more money, you can have greatest heater to heat your garage/shop space - a gas infrared tube heat tank.
First of all, just what infrared?
Infrared is electromagnetic wave energy that travels at the incidence of light (think of the sun) until it strikes an object (i.e. floors, machinery, vehicles, and people). Upon striking objects, that energy is absorbed and stored to heat the surrounding air. Again, consider the sun. The sun does not heat the air, the sun heats the earth and the warm earth heats the air.
This infrared principle may be effectively use within gas heating appliances for 30 ages. Today the most popular of all infrared heating appliances are gas infrared tube heaters.
What would be the characteristics of any gas infrared tube warming up?
A tube heater is designed primarily for commercial and industrial space heating. It consists with a long 4' diameter steel tube - 10' to 70' long - with a burner attached to one end. As the burners' flame shoots down the emitter tube, the tube gets hot it emits radiant heat energy out. Aluminum reflectors located above the emitter tubes reflect the infrared energy downward on the people zone, absorbing into objects at ground detail. As those objects heat up, the surrounding air becomes warm.
What your benefits of infrared vs. forced air?
First, infrared tube heaters can save as almost as much ast 20% to 50% in fuel in comparison to warm air unit emitters. Second, infrared tube heaters are quieter. Third, tube heaters do not blow pollution. Instead they emit soft, quiet comfortable radiant heat energy resource. Fourth, tube heaters heat contrary to the ground up, whereas forced air heaters rely on stratification from a ceiling down. Warmer floors and cooler ceilings mean greater energy bank account.
It is essential to keep in mind that the higher the garage or shop, the more benefit with infrared. For clearance reasons, an 8' high ceiling is a bit too low for an infrared tube heater. A forced air heater is a good option in that case. However, a ceiling that's 10' or more is a high quality candidate for an infrared radiant tube water heater.
Tube heaters have been used for some years in auto body shops, woodworking shops, aircraft hangars, manufacturing plants, loading docks, warehouses, fire stations and other high bay facilities. Good news is that now there tube heating products designed and approved specifically for residential garages and small shops.