Radiant heating system helps reduce running costs

Published:  26 September, 2007

The installation of high efficiency Vision radiant tube heaters from AmbiRad at Gardner Denver Nash's Winsford, Cheshire, premises - the company"s main UK servicing centre for industrial pumps – has helped to reduce running costs.

After 20-years of continual use, an existing radiant system had ceased to function effectively in heating the large space building. Even at full operation it could not adequately heat the premises yet consumed a considerable amount of gas every year. Cost predictions on replacement heating indicated that a high efficiency radiant tube system, zoned across the building, would have a significant impact on comfort as well as economy and future operating costs.

Vision is the latest high efficiency radiant tube heater from AmbiRad. It is claimed the range has one of the highest radiant efficiency ratings for radiant tube heaters, and is the only range of its kind listed on the government’s Energy Technology Listing, making it eligible for Enhanced Capital Allowances.

A total of 8 VSX radiant tube heaters with 50kW output were installed over two bays where heavy engineering work is carried out. Each bay has two heating zones to allow complete flexibility of heating only those areas being actively used during shifts, thereby improving the heaters’ efficient running even further.

The heaters are controlled by an AmbiRad SmartCom control panel which automatically ensures optimum economy.

However, when it came to installation, there was a problem. The burners could not be flued through the roof because of the potential for releasing asbestos dust when the roof penetrations were made.

To avoid this, M&E contractor Gradwood Ltd of Stockport provided a thermal evacuation system to exhaust the products of combustion to atmosphere through specific high and low level ventilation outlets in the walls, without the need for flueing.

For further information please visit: www.ambirad.co.uk

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