Instead of warming the surrounding air, radiant heaters are intended to save on wasted heat by simply heating the objects required. These types of heaters work by delivering the source of the heat to the floor as opposed to the ceiling. The floor then acts as a secondary heater, as heat slowly rises from the ground, creating a warm blanket, which allows objects and people to receive extensive heat coverage.
Radiant energy, the source of heat for radiant heaters, is purely absorbed by an object without any physical contact, which is in many ways a similar process to that of the sun, whereby both heat sources heat objects faster than the air itself.
The radiant heater is one of the most convenient types of heater as it is suitable for a vast range of applications, particularly for buildings that have high ceilings or are poorly insulated, either in the home or at work.
Electric Radiant Heaters
Radiant heaters can run by fossil fuels such as gas and oil, but the most popular type is run by electricity. Electric radiant heaters are easy to install by simply plugging them into a socket, and are subsequently more economical to operate. They do not produce loud, irritating noises or have to be cleaned after every use, as would be the case with fired radiant heater alternatives.
Radiant Gas Heaters
However, radiant gas heaters can produce maximum energy efficiency, particularly if using LPG radiant heaters, (liquid propane gas radiant heaters), which is ideal for instantaneous, controllable heating of certain objects.
Radiant Panel Heaters
Designed for their modern style, radiant panel heaters are intended to be mounted to the wall or to the ceiling, and can be easily fitted anywhere because of their slim lined shape, without the loss of any floor space. They still have the ability to warm objects wherever they are placed at fast heat up times, which makes them just as efficient as standard radiant heaters.
Radiant Tube Heater
Radiant tube heaters can be mounted horizontally or at an angle, which emphasises their small features, though they still utilise large surface areas, ensuring all objects get an even coverage of heat. This type of radiant heater is generally run by gas, and is designed mainly for business proposes.
Portable Radiant Heaters
Though portable radiant heaters may be larger in size than standard radiant heaters, they are able to move from one place to another, making this type of heater ideal for both indoor and outdoor uses.
Many benefits come with radiant heaters, the main advantage being low running costs, as these heaters only produce heat that is needed instead of heating whole unnecessary areas of space. Also, as radiant heaters have been compared to the sun as a heat source, they are highly efficient appliances, and give instant heat in any surrounding.
Industrial environments are increasingly becoming places for radiant heaters to deliver heat to, including warehouses and storerooms, and are ideal for more specific business such as bakeries. Radiant heaters are still designed for domestic use however, and can be used for any purposes inside the home, or even outside.