Winter is with us and in those ‘difficult-to-heat’ areas in factories, workshops, processing plants, restaurants and corporate buildings many people will be feeling the chill. One heating solution that is effective and economical is infrared zone heating, available from Technilamp. It provides warmth across controlled zones within those spacious areas.In South Africa buildings are usually not insulated like buildings in Europe or the USA. Despite our cold winters, many buildings are not designed to retain heat effectively and, given South Africa’s rising electricity costs, keeping the interior warm through the winter months can be expensive. Furthermore, comfort, productivity, morale and job satisfaction suffer at the hands of the cold of winter.
Hylton Cowie, commercial director of Technilamp, says infrared zone heating offers an economical alternative. “An infrared halogen lamp produces a beam of heat over a defined area. It projects radiant heat at a wavelength which passes through the air unimpeded and essentially only warms people, not the building environs and furnishings. This can contribute substantial energy savings of up to 70%,” he says.
“Zone heating can be likened to floodlighting: In a factory, for example, it can be projected to warm specific areas that accommodate the highest density of people, so there is no wasted heating. In the office, it makes the work station the most comfortable and attractive place to be. And for restaurants, it’s the ideal solution to keep patrons comfortable.
“Because a zone heater does not burn oxygen, it also prevents drowsiness and increases productivity,” Cowie adds.
The simple, 220V infrared zone heating system is easy to install. It is compact, unobtrusive and frees up floor space. Cowie points out that it is also noise-free and odourless and requires minimal maintenance – only a globe change when necessary. It is ‘clean’ and does not create residues or pollutants so it presents no health hazards. It also does not dry the air and does not generate intense convection currents.
The infrared zone heating system is made up of simple 1.5Kw modules which can be used individually or in combined multiples. Generally, to provide an even heat over a defined work zone, the single lamp unit is the most popular and easy to apply. The number of infrared zone heaters required depends largely on the space and layout of the building.