A Heating Solution Other Than Heat Pumps

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Spotlight on SRP’s sWAVE Electric Infrared Heaters

In the quest for efficient heating solutions, especially in professional and industrial applications, it’s crucial to consider alternatives beyond the commonly discussed heat pumps. SRP’s sWAVE Electric Infrared Heaters offer an exemplary choice, standing out with their superior efficiency and reduced energy consumption.

Unparalleled Efficiency with sWAVE Technology

sWAVE Electric Infrared Heaters are not just any heating solution; they represent the pinnacle of electric infrared technology with a minimum radiant output efficiency of 90% at all input rates. This efficiency is a product of SRP’s proprietary technology, currently pending patent approval, which marks a significant leap over conventional electric heaters.

Understanding Radiant Efficiency

Radiant efficiency is a critical metric in the heating industry. It measures the amount of heat delivered “on the ground” as a percentage of the electrical energy consumed by the heater. This efficiency is paramount because it directly correlates to the energy cost savings and environmental impact of the heating solution.

Traditionally, this type of efficiency has been measured in gas appliances per the AHRI 1330 standard. However, SRP has adapted these recognized methods to the electric domain in our CSA-approved testing laboratory, setting a new standard in the process.

Comparative Performance

Our findings are compelling. While the typical radiant efficiency for competitive electric heaters ranges from below 60% to about 70%, sWAVE heaters consistently deliver more than 90% efficiency. This means that sWAVE heaters not only use less energy but also convert that energy into usable heat more effectively than their competitors.

Cost-Effective Heating with Real-World Benefits

The advantages of higher radiant efficiency are not just theoretical. Consider a practical scenario where a project requires 72 kW of heat output on the ground:

  • Using competition heaters with 70% efficiency and 3 kW input each would require 35 units, translating to a total energy input of 105 kW.
  • In contrast, only 32 sWAVE heaters, each with a 2.5 kW input at 90% efficiency, are needed to achieve the same output. This setup requires just 80 kW of input energy.

This comparison highlights a reduction of 3 heaters and a 23.8% decrease in energy input, equating to substantial savings in both installation costs and ongoing energy expenses.

Enhanced Output Comparison

To further illustrate, the radiant output of an sWAVE 2.5 kW heater exceeds that of a competitive 3.0 kW unit:

  • SRP sWAVE: 2.5 kW input at 90% efficiency yields 2.25 kW of radiant output.
  • Competition: 3.0 kW input at 70% efficiency results in only 2.1 kW of radiant output.

Conclusion: A Smart Alternative for Efficient Heating

SRP’s sWAVE heaters offer an efficient, cost-effective alternative to traditional heating methods, including heat pumps. With their superior technology and performance, sWAVE heaters not only ensure optimal heat delivery but also contribute to significant energy and cost savings over time, making them an ideal choice for engineering-driven projects looking for reliable and sustainable heating solutions.

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