Radiant heating: Economical and Comfortable

Heating large spaces in buildings


Schwank offers efficient heating solutions for production halls

Heating of a production hall


Schwank gas fired industrial heating installed at a distribution centre

Heating of a distribution centre


Schwank efficient heating solutions protect steel coils from corrosion

Heating of a Coil Warehouse


Schwank gas fired industrial heating at a maintenance facility

Heating of a Maintenance Facility


Schwank offers efficient heating solutions for aircraft hangars

Heating of an Airplane Hangar


Schwank radiant systems used for heating large areas like showrooms

Heating of an Show Room


Industrial and commercial enterprises need to prioritise energy efficiency in order to reduce operating costs and minimise the carbon emissions. Gas fired infrared radiant heating can provide efficient heating solutions for a wide range of large space heating applications.These can range from cost-effective warehouse gas heaters for distribution centres to heating systems operating in aircraft hangars, which have particularly challenges to maintaining consistent comfortable temperatures for maintenance engineers.

 

Infrared radiant heaters work according to the principle of the sun. Radiation penetrates the air nearly loss-free and is absorbed by objects and people, converting the energy into heat.

 

The direct heating effect on the body without heating the intervening air first is exceptionally efficient. Schwank gas fired infrared radiant heaters have been proved to provide major energy savings time and again, frequently of between 30% and 50% being achieved when compared with conventional heating systems.

 

Comparing systems

Conventional air heating methods include gas space heaters and space heaters using other energy sources such as oil or electricity. Some types are used for heating small spaces such as garages and workshops and can be easily transferred from one area to another at need. However, the question that needs to be asked is “how much does it cost to run a space heater?” The benefits of portability need to be considered against advantages offered by other potentially more energy efficient heating solutions.

 

For interior heating of large spaces, the conventional response has frequently been to opt for a boiler operated central heating system. This convection heating method heats the air which acts as the mechanism for heat transfer. Heating the entire air volume of the room means that more energy is required than with infrared heating which heats objects directly. Heat loss can also be experienced in the pipework serving the system. Regular comprehensive servicing and maintenance of the system and boiler is necessary to maximise energy and cost efficiencies.

 

Infrared heaters efficiency

Infrared heaters are highly effective in a wide range of industrial and commercial applications. As well as gas fired radiant systems, a wide range of high quality electric infrared heaters, including electric panel heaters, can offer efficient heating solutions, but at a significantly higher cost per KWh than gas fired alternatives. So when asking the question “Do infrared heaters save money?” the answer could be “Potentially, but the level of running costs will vary hugely between gas fired and electric options.”

 

Schwank’s gas fired radiant tube heaters and gas fired plaque heaters have worldwide recognition for their efficiency and cost effectiveness in heating large spaces such as distribution centres. Infrared gas fired industrial heating provides extensive economic and environmental benefits including:

 

  • High levels of performance and energy efficiency, reducing both operating costs and carbon emissions.
  • Flexible and reliable solutions that are easy to install and retrofit
  • Robust longevity with limited maintenance requirements.
  • Possibility of zone / area heating (e.g. in picking areas, radient warehouse heating systems will create comfortable working temperatures while product storage zones can be maintained at minimal temperature levels.)
  • Ceiling mounted systems not requiring any floor space
  • No dust swirls created by air movement, therefore products being stored are not subject to being coated with dust
  • Modular adaptation is easy to implement if the use of a facility changes (such as alteration in racking configurations)

 

Because infrared heating systems transmit heat by means of electromagnetic waves, air movements due to open doors have only a very limited impact on the comfortable indoor temperature. In the case of warehouse gas heaters for distribution centres, with loading bays and doors invariably on all sides of the building, only infrared heating systems can really be trusted to heat the indoor space efficiently. Gas-fired infrared warehouse heating systems will keep the area at desired temperatures even when the loading bay doors are open.

 

Schwank’s intelligent heating control systems, frequently combined with BMS software, play an integral role in providing efficient heating solutions for large space heating. Benefits include:

 

  • Integrated switch-on optimisation to reduce operating times to the minimum
  • Intelligent “learning” logic module that assesses both the indoor environment and outside temperatures when determining the optimum pre-heating time
  • Switch-on optimisation activated for separate heating zones, fulfilling heating requirements accurately and saving energy
  • Saving of up to 15% of energy costs when in modulating mode

 

For heating large spaces in buildings, Schwank’s highly sophisticated gas fired infrared heating technology continually proves its worth in performance, reliability and energy saving features. From warehouse gas heaters to radiant systems for factories and extensive public area, these heating solutions are continually proving their value.

 

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