Replicating the sun: Infrared radiant heat for commercial spaces

From aircraft hangers to rugby stadiums and hospitality settings, infrared heating offers an exceptionally efficient option that’s good for the environment and the energy bill.

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From aircraft hangers to rugby stadiums and hospitality settings, infrared heating offers an exceptionally efficient option that’s good for the environment and the energy bill. We spoke to Superheat about the infrared technology that’s set to define contemporary commercial heating.

Luminous Schwank Infrared Radiant heater
Luminous Schwank Infrared Radiant heater

Infrared heating has been around for some time - in fact, this was invented in Germany by Schwank in the 1930s - but it’s an unfamiliar concept in New Zealand and one most of us may not know about. However, it’s such an efficient system it’s hard to ignore, and it’s one that turns our traditional concept of heating on its head. Rather than heating the air (in the way heat pumps and other systems do), infrared heaters heat the objects in a space - the people, the surfaces and the furniture. 

 

This means no energy is wasted heating air that will then rise - a particularly important point for large commercial spaces with lofty ceilings and large, open work areas. 

 

Superheat has recently released to New Zealand a renowned German brand of commercial infrared heaters known as Schwank that offer one of the most respected and trusted infrared heating solutions in the world, Superheat’s Trevor Edwards says.

 

“Infrared radiant heat replicates the sun. When you stand in the sun, you feel warm. When a cloud moves in front of it, you feel cold. This is exactly what infrared heating achieves - it heats the objects in its path, so if you stand beneath it, you instantly feel warm,” Trevor says.

“This is particularly important for large commercial spaces. If you consider an aircraft hangar for example, you are likely to have people working at different heights in the space - some up high, some at ground level. If a space like this was being heated by a solution that heated the air, you would find those working at higher elevations would be too hot, and those at ground level too cold, simply because heat rises.

 

“That’s what infrared heating avoids, working instead like the sun and heating the objects beneath it. Schwank infrared heating allows for the efficient heating of a space without losing heat that rises. It simply heats those objects in a highly targeted way.”  

Schwank commercial infrared heaters are available in a range of sizes and outputs ranging from 6kW to 60kW heating per heater. “Infrared heating can offer a 30 - 50 per cent reduction in energy costs over time compared to traditional heating methods.

 

“We offer a full design service, working closely with Schwank engineers in Germany to ensure the best heating solution for every individual project,” Trevor says. “We’ll ascertain relevant information such as the dimensions of the space, the building materials, insulation and temperature range. From here, we’ll provide a suggested heating plan specifically designed for the individual project. Once designs and quotes are approved, turnaround time is six to eight weeks.”

Tubular Schwank Infrared Radiant Heater
Tubular Schwank Infrared Radiant Heater

Superheat’s Schwank products are designed to work in conjunction with one another, providing a truly scale-able, targeted heating solution for large commercial areas as well as outdoor settings such as alfresco dining/bar patios and courtyards and sports stadiums.

 

Make sure you visit Superheat on ArchiPro here to find out about the future of commercial heating.

Luna Schwank Patio Infrared Radiant Heater
Luna Schwank Patio Infrared Radiant Heater

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Replicating the sun: Infrared radiant heat for commercial spaces

From aircraft hangers to rugby stadiums and hospitality settings, infrared heating offers an exceptionally efficient option that’s good for the environment and the energy bill.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team
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From aircraft hangers to rugby stadiums and hospitality settings, infrared heating offers an exceptionally efficient option that’s good for the environment and the energy bill. We spoke to Superheat about the infrared technology that’s set to define contemporary commercial heating.

Luminous Schwank Infrared Radiant heater
Luminous Schwank Infrared Radiant heater

Infrared heating has been around for some time - in fact, this was invented in Germany by Schwank in the 1930s - but it’s an unfamiliar concept in New Zealand and one most of us may not know about. However, it’s such an efficient system it’s hard to ignore, and it’s one that turns our traditional concept of heating on its head. Rather than heating the air (in the way heat pumps and other systems do), infrared heaters heat the objects in a space - the people, the surfaces and the furniture. 

 

This means no energy is wasted heating air that will then rise - a particularly important point for large commercial spaces with lofty ceilings and large, open work areas. 

 

Superheat has recently released to New Zealand a renowned German brand of commercial infrared heaters known as Schwank that offer one of the most respected and trusted infrared heating solutions in the world, Superheat’s Trevor Edwards says.

 

“Infrared radiant heat replicates the sun. When you stand in the sun, you feel warm. When a cloud moves in front of it, you feel cold. This is exactly what infrared heating achieves - it heats the objects in its path, so if you stand beneath it, you instantly feel warm,” Trevor says.

“This is particularly important for large commercial spaces. If you consider an aircraft hangar for example, you are likely to have people working at different heights in the space - some up high, some at ground level. If a space like this was being heated by a solution that heated the air, you would find those working at higher elevations would be too hot, and those at ground level too cold, simply because heat rises.

 

“That’s what infrared heating avoids, working instead like the sun and heating the objects beneath it. Schwank infrared heating allows for the efficient heating of a space without losing heat that rises. It simply heats those objects in a highly targeted way.”  

Schwank commercial infrared heaters are available in a range of sizes and outputs ranging from 6kW to 60kW heating per heater. “Infrared heating can offer a 30 - 50 per cent reduction in energy costs over time compared to traditional heating methods.

 

“We offer a full design service, working closely with Schwank engineers in Germany to ensure the best heating solution for every individual project,” Trevor says. “We’ll ascertain relevant information such as the dimensions of the space, the building materials, insulation and temperature range. From here, we’ll provide a suggested heating plan specifically designed for the individual project. Once designs and quotes are approved, turnaround time is six to eight weeks.”

Tubular Schwank Infrared Radiant Heater
Tubular Schwank Infrared Radiant Heater

Superheat’s Schwank products are designed to work in conjunction with one another, providing a truly scale-able, targeted heating solution for large commercial areas as well as outdoor settings such as alfresco dining/bar patios and courtyards and sports stadiums.

 

Make sure you visit Superheat on ArchiPro here to find out about the future of commercial heating.

Luna Schwank Patio Infrared Radiant Heater
Luna Schwank Patio Infrared Radiant Heater

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Superheat

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Replicating the sun: Infrared radiant heat for commercial spaces

From aircraft hangers to rugby stadiums and hospitality settings, infrared heating offers an exceptionally efficient option that’s good for the environment and the energy bill.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team
0FC8CFBD-C43F-4180-85D1-CF38FD5869A7Created with sketchtool.
E160A899-8C92-47FF-BB31-6DB22BCEB5D9Created with sketchtool.

From aircraft hangers to rugby stadiums and hospitality settings, infrared heating offers an exceptionally efficient option that’s good for the environment and the energy bill. We spoke to Superheat about the infrared technology that’s set to define contemporary commercial heating.

Luminous Schwank Infrared Radiant heater
Luminous Schwank Infrared Radiant heater

Infrared heating has been around for some time - in fact, this was invented in Germany by Schwank in the 1930s - but it’s an unfamiliar concept in New Zealand and one most of us may not know about. However, it’s such an efficient system it’s hard to ignore, and it’s one that turns our traditional concept of heating on its head. Rather than heating the air (in the way heat pumps and other systems do), infrared heaters heat the objects in a space - the people, the surfaces and the furniture. 

 

This means no energy is wasted heating air that will then rise - a particularly important point for large commercial spaces with lofty ceilings and large, open work areas. 

 

Superheat has recently released to New Zealand a renowned German brand of commercial infrared heaters known as Schwank that offer one of the most respected and trusted infrared heating solutions in the world, Superheat’s Trevor Edwards says.

 

“Infrared radiant heat replicates the sun. When you stand in the sun, you feel warm. When a cloud moves in front of it, you feel cold. This is exactly what infrared heating achieves - it heats the objects in its path, so if you stand beneath it, you instantly feel warm,” Trevor says.

“This is particularly important for large commercial spaces. If you consider an aircraft hangar for example, you are likely to have people working at different heights in the space - some up high, some at ground level. If a space like this was being heated by a solution that heated the air, you would find those working at higher elevations would be too hot, and those at ground level too cold, simply because heat rises.

 

“That’s what infrared heating avoids, working instead like the sun and heating the objects beneath it. Schwank infrared heating allows for the efficient heating of a space without losing heat that rises. It simply heats those objects in a highly targeted way.”  

Schwank commercial infrared heaters are available in a range of sizes and outputs ranging from 6kW to 60kW heating per heater. “Infrared heating can offer a 30 - 50 per cent reduction in energy costs over time compared to traditional heating methods.

 

“We offer a full design service, working closely with Schwank engineers in Germany to ensure the best heating solution for every individual project,” Trevor says. “We’ll ascertain relevant information such as the dimensions of the space, the building materials, insulation and temperature range. From here, we’ll provide a suggested heating plan specifically designed for the individual project. Once designs and quotes are approved, turnaround time is six to eight weeks.”

Tubular Schwank Infrared Radiant Heater
Tubular Schwank Infrared Radiant Heater

Superheat’s Schwank products are designed to work in conjunction with one another, providing a truly scale-able, targeted heating solution for large commercial areas as well as outdoor settings such as alfresco dining/bar patios and courtyards and sports stadiums.

 

Make sure you visit Superheat on ArchiPro here to find out about the future of commercial heating.

Luna Schwank Patio Infrared Radiant Heater
Luna Schwank Patio Infrared Radiant Heater

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