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Strip Heater vs. Space Heater

With so many types of heaters on the market today it is sometimes hard to differentiate between them. In this article we are going to take a closer look at the difference between space and strip heaters.

Space Heaters

Space heaters are intended to heat an enclosed space directly, unlike a central heating furnace or boiler which distributes heat to a building through a system of ducts or pipes. Before modern structures, space heaters could only be expected to heat the room it was installed in. Newer structures can retain heat more effectively, with improved insulation, sealed walls, and ceilings. A single industrial space heater can now provide the total heat needs of a large space, if it is properly located. To get the most of heating needs with a space heater, it should be located in the area where people spend the most time in. By locating the space heater in this key area, it will ensure a warmer more comfortable environment.

There are three types of space heaters including:

Convection heaters will generate heat by heating air that comes in contact with one or two elements. They create heat slowly and the heat lasts for a long time. They are quieter while functioning and some have fans to circulate the heat in the room.

Radiant heaters use liquid, usually diathermic oil, circulated through a series of connected pipes, to generate heat quickly. Fuel-oil heaters use a fuel, such as propane gas. They can be useful during electrical outages.

Conductive heaters are micathermic and electric space heaters, which generate heat with the help of heating elements; that could be made of mica or a combination of nickel and chromium that converts electricity into heat.

Strip Heaters

Strip heaters are versatile heating elements that are used in a wide variety of applications. They are generally cost-effective and easy to install. They are a dependable, simple way of using surface area to transfer heat effectively over wide areas. An inexpensive way of heating surfaces or small areas, strip heaters are an excellent solution to meet any budget.

They are composed of a heating element, a protective sleeve or sheath, and mounting hardware. If strip heaters are used as a radiant heater, they have can have fins to maximize surface area and heat transfer to the air. Strip heaters can be clamped or bolted onto objects or solid surface contact heating over large areas and are primarily used in indoor applications.

Frequent uses for strip heaters as a heating application include uses for cabinet warming, baking ovens, and ovens used for vacuum dehydration. They may be used with a variety of surfaces, including — but not limited to — dies, tanks, platens, and molds. These heaters are often clamped or bolted onto surfaces for use in heating applications. Another common use of strip heaters is moisture protection. They are used in motors and control cabinets, as well as a variety of other areas that need protection from moisture. Frequently used in winterizing and drying equipment, these heaters are often employed for hoppers and conveyors. Strip heaters are considered beneficial for everything from air conditioning and lab equipment to food packaging and certain presses.

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