What is radiant heat?
Like the sun, radiant heat warms objects directly with longwave electromagnetic energy. It warms a room sooner and at lower temperature settings than other kinds of heat making it more efficient.
Radiant heating uses a warm surface to transfer heat to individuals and into a space rather than moving heated air.
What are the different types of radiant heat?
There are many types of heat that are considered “radiant” some of which are detailed below, some others include, fireplaces, wood burning stoves and snow melt systems.
Natural Gas unit heaters, or space heaters, can be installed in almost any area of your home and individual temperature controls mean heat is only produced where you need it. These come in portable units as well as baseboard and wall units. A radiant room heater has a burner below a set of elements called radiants. Radiants for unvented heaters are made of ceramic and glow red-hot, which radiates into the room. Ensure that unvented heaters are burning correctly, or they can release dangerous carbon monoxide into the room. Vented room heaters often have circulating blowers in addition to radiants. Unvented heaters release the by-products of combustion into the heated spaces and are 100% efficient, where vented units are 80% efficient because the remaining heat rises up the flue. You can purchase these units through your local gas company. Gas-fired radiant tube heaters are suitable for heating larger open areas such as garages, arenas, commercial buildings, etc. These “luminous” type units are most commonly suspended from the ceiling and feature external combustion on a surface brought to temperatures between 750 and 900 degrees Celsius. In these heaters, an air gas mixture is injected through ceramic plates. The air used in combustion is from inside the building. These infrared lamps evacuate the gas burned into the area to be heated, presenting no danger to hygiene or health.