How to Select Infrared Heaters   Infrared heaters use a reflective shield to direct radiant heat onto a heated surface.  Common types of infrared heaters include metal-sheathed tubular heaters, quartz tubes, quartz lamps; gas fired catalytic, flat-faced panels and ceramic emitters.    Types Infrared flat panel heaters are used to heat objects via radiant heat transfer.  Infrared heater elements are replacement heater elements used with radiant flat...
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Q & A on Infrared Heaters

We asked our users for their input on Infrared Heaters. Here are the results of 263 users familiar with Infrared Heaters.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing infrared heater design?
37 answers
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Now Carbon Fiber Heating Elements are being used in place of Tungsten & Electric Resistant Wires.
~Jaywant G, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India

1. Light focus technology 2. Thermal insulation and cooling technology 3. Heat flux measurement

~HE M, Research & Development, Beijing, China
Modulating burners paired with variable speed pumps (VFD controlled).
~Larry C, Marketing/Sales, Anchorage, AK
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative infrared heaters?
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For Ceramic Sealed Infrared Heaters - Elstein Werk of Germany. For Short Wave Infrared Heaters - many manufacturers in China. For Quartz IR Modules: Infrared International of North America. MI.
~Jaywant G, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India

Two we concluded to be very good, but there are many.  One is the comfort furnace, and the other I cannot remember the name (Suncor I think).  Only because of supply did we choose to settle with Oreck.  Service is very good with them.

~Jeff P, Retired, Coldstream, ME

EU companies are best, have wide experience and application. Examples Elstein, Burdtwag. Ceramicx and others.

~Madhu J, Engineer, Bentong, Malaysia
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Applications and UseTop

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What are some of the applications you have used an infrared heater for?
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Photovoltaic, semiconductor, printed electronics, membrane switches, fuel cells, powder coatings, batteries, paper, film and foil converting, textiles, nonwovens, wire, tube, composites, filter media, geotextiles, marine textiles, packaging, etc.
~Curt L, Research & Development, Hawthorne, NJ

Keeping dessicants free of moisture, incubator heating, adhesive, epoxy and paint curing.  Rapid Thermal Aneal upon Galium Arsenide and Silicon wafers to relieve stresses of Ion Implant etc. Stock and materials drying etc.

~Brent D, Technical Support, Aloha, OR

Relief from arthritis, not advertised, but is very soothing.  General heat for home and wife's hairshop.  People always comment about the comfort, especially older folks,and cannot believe we run it at only 68* F.

~Jeff P, Retired, Coldstream, ME
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that an infrared heater has been used for.
31 answers
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Job site heating. Not what we recommend, but have a contractor who loves them, even though it is tough to warranty them in a non residential setting. He says they set up drywall faster than anything he has tried, even under tough conditions. Can't say myself. Second hand info, and he buys on a regular basis, for that purpose, and some of the units look pretty rugged after a month on the job, but they seem to keep going. Who would have guessed they would even stand up to those conditions. These are meant for your home, not to be thrown in and out of a construction truck. hehe
~Jeff P, Retired, Coldstream, ME

Outdoor ice melting, curing, baking, transfer labels on painted appliances, drying paint on wood, opening mussels and oysters.

~Colin C, Company Director, Christchurch, New Zealand
We use it for total area heating as main and only system. Also use it for wood drying, pig farms.
~Andrey D, Marketing/Sales, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of an infrared heater?
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Infrared heaters were used in a large garage area and a new car was put on a lift for service.  The paint was destroyed by an infrared heater spotted too close to the car lift.

~Dale M, Facilities Manager, Emmaus, PA

No disasters, just melted lenses when the conveyor system broke down while in use.

~Master Molding Technician

Placed too low to the floor, causing an over heating condition!

~Gerald B, Owner, Fergus, Canada
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FeaturesTop

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What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
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A near to medium wave IR emitter that heats water through regular glass. + A dark emitter (no-visible light/ visible light filter) that emits near to medium wave IR that heats water through regular glass (some absorbance of the glass would be ok).
~Mark P, Research & Development, Northampton, UK
IR heating system shall be able to heat the entire car body for car paint curing in automotive OEM.
~Rahul L, Research & Development, Nashik, India
For Space Heating, Long, safe and reliable. Ease of service For Process Heating, reliability and ease of service
~Colin C, Company Director, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of an infrared heater?
19 answers
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Use a humidifier. Do not over stress your electric circuits. Balance your breaker box.
~Tom K, Research & Development, Holton, MI

The equations are clear for a given surface's emissivity. Double the radiated power, and you'll almost cube or quadruple the temperature rise, depending on what happens to increased other liberation drafts with convection increases etc.

~Brent D, Technical Support, Aloha, OR

Don't under size the heat loss! Once conventional heaters get older and dirtier the efficiency drops off!

~Gerald B, Owner, Fergus, Canada
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Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using an infrared heater?
26 answers
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Do not assume that they can be hung/supported in a non-vertical position.

~Jim D, Project Manager, 66109

Don't assume that the output will be evenly distributed the entire length of the heater!

~Gerald B, Owner, Fergus, Canada

IR manufacturers do not understand the emission spectra of their products.

~Mark P, Research & Development, Northampton, UK
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