Barn and Greenhouse Heating Webinar
Questions & Answers
- Do you offer insulation to use in conjunction with the heaters?
Yes, we do offer some different varieties of insulation. We offer a two-component or single-component polyurethane foam insulation which is quite common in a lot of buildings, as well as a very high-tech way to insulate your barn. We also carry TekFoil™ Reflective Insulation which can be used in a multitude of ways-on walls, ceilings and under slab applications to name a few. A lot of folks install TekFoil in their agricultural and horticultural buildings. We do provide greenhouse insulation as well, like internal bubble wrap, and it is very common to put up in the fall to help increase heat retention during daylight hours and bring that solar gain into the nighttime too. In order to recommend something along with a heater, more information about your setup and application would need to be gathered.
- Can radiant heat be installed in an older building, or does the building have to be new?
Radiant heat can definitely be retrofitted. The most common way is to put radiant heat into a slab of concrete so you can potentially pour another slab if there isn't currently an existing slab. Also, if you have floor joists placed specifically in the building, the radiant heat can be run in between the joists and along through the tank of spoilers the same way.
- Is there a certain equation to use when determining how many infrared heaters to use in a building for spot heating?
We actually have a program here that we use to calculate this. We would need to know the dimensions of the area, what temperature you would like to maintain, where work stations are located and receive a copy of the building's layout. We could then accurately recommend how many space heaters or infrared heaters you would require.
- What is the difference between the Tough Guy U-Tube Heater and the Straight Tube Heater?
Straight Tube Heaters are used in large areas, typically in more narrow scenarios; let's say 40' in length. U-tube heaters are a more common solution because you get more even heat. For comparison, let's say that you still have the same 40' length, but as the gas travels down the tube on a straight heater, it doesn't fire as hot. The beginning of the tube heater may be 800° F, and at the end of the 40' tube only 400° F. If you bend that into a U shape, now all the hot air is at the beginning of the tube, but it is paired up with the cool end and as the heat travels along the tube it provides more heating coverage. We usually recommend U-Tubes over using Straight Tubes, but there are certain applications where the Straight Tube does work better.
- Can your heaters be zoned or hooked up to a thermostat?
Pretty much every heater we carry can be thermostatically controlled. We have simple thermostats that are dial thermostats and we also have a great selection of timers. Zoning is not an issue either, just give us a call and we can help you determine the best way to do so.
- Do people ever run radiant heat tubes in the soil of raised beds?
This is a more common practice that people are experimenting with. We currently do not have data in terms of efficiency, or how it specifically affected their production, but it is a very common practice. We're currently sending people half-inch tubing to use for this technique.
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