Electric heating is simply the process of converting electrical energy into heat energy.
What are the benefits to it?
The main benefits are cost, safety, portability and versatility. The heaters themselves can be relatively cheap to buy when compared to an equivalent gas or diesel unit, there’s no naked flame or any of the nasty fumes and smells produced by fossil fuel heaters. There’s also no need to buy in and store potentially hazardous fuels, all you need is a suitable electrical supply and you’re ready to go. Plus they can be easily transported, moved or stored away when not in use.
What are the main types of electric heating?
Here at Broughton, we concentrate on fan heaters and quartz halogen heaters.
How do electric fan heaters work?
Electric fan heaters work by running a current through a resistive heating coil, which converts electric energy into heat. Air is then drawn in over this restrictive heating coil using a fan where it’s rapidly warmed and propelled out into the room.
Electric fan heaters normally feature a thermostat which allows you to control the temperature of the the room you’re trying to heat, an d often also feature speed controls for the fan. Most of our portable fan heaters can also double as regular fans, by simply switching the heating elements off when they’re not need you can run the fans on their own to help with ventilation and air circulation.
Where can they be used?
Fan heaters are the most common type of portable electric heaters in the world. They’re versatile, easy to use and safer than gas or diesel. As convection heaters they circulate warm air so fan heaters are effective for heating almost all enclosed spaces such as offices, shops, warehouses and factories and even on building sites or in portacabins and marquees. They’re even sometimes used during manufacturing where extra heating is required to help with the process.
Ideally, these fans should sit on the ground as the warm air they produce inevitably rises, so placing them on the ground will help to ensure that the room is warmed more evenly.
What is Quartz heating?
Quartz heating is a type of radiant heating, commonly referred to as short wave infrared heating.
Radiant heating uses infrared waves to directly heat the surfaces of objects. All objects emit and absorb infrared heat, which is part of the electromagnetic spectrum with a frequency below visible light. Hotter objects will radiate more of this heat. This is the basis of the technology for most quartz heaters.
How do Quartz heaters work?
A quartz heater is a common type of infrared heater and the creation and subsequent release of heat from thee heater is made by the heating element, enclosed in a quartz tube. The heating element produces heat at the necessary wavelength to create the appropriate level of intensity to heat the specific material required. The purpose of the quartz tube is to protect the heating element and also to stop the escape of convection heat.
The principle of quartz heating works with the heating element becoming very hot and the quartz tube experiencing a sudden build up of heat. When the quartz tube reaches the appropriate temperature, the heat is emitted out of the quartz tube. The wavelength of heat produced from this process has been acknowledged as ideal for the human body. The infrared heat is directly absorbed by the people and objects near the quartz heater and very little heat is absorbed by the air, due to the infrared spectrum being almost completely outside the absorption spectrum of air.
Where can they be used?
Anywhere you need heat really, from offices to shops and everywhere in-between, however because they don’t heat up air they are ideal for large, open areas such as warehouses where there are only one or two operatives. To heat the entire volume of air would be very expensive, impractical and environmentally wasteful. A couple of quartz heaters positioned close to the staff can therefore be used to keep them warm without worrying about the rest of the building.
For the same reasons they are also an excellent option in smaller areas such as workshops or garages where there might be open doors.
As with fan heaters, they can also be used to help with processes such as drying.
Why Broughton EAP?
At Broughton EAP, we have been designing, developing and manufacturing industrial portable heating and cooling systems for over three decades. We are passionate about innovation and have been involved in projects for a host of leading organisations, including the Ministry of Defence, the Bugatti Owners Club, Eon, Andrews Sykes and HSS. You can get in touch with us at any point if you do have queries about our industrial heaters including our popular construction site friendly 110v solutions. Whether you’re in need of a large fan heater for a specialist application or something more modestly-sized, we’re confident we can meet your needs. You can reach us today by calling +44(0)1527 830610 or by sending a quick message to firstname.lastname@example.org.