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Radiant Tube Heaters | Heating Innovation for Industrial Spaces

Radiant tube heaters are a unique and efficient solution for heating needs in various settings. They are particularly useful in large, open spaces where traditional heating methods may not be as effective.

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Overview of How They Work

Radiant tube heaters work by emitting infrared radiation. This radiation is absorbed by objects and surfaces in the room.

The absorbed heat is then re-radiated into the room, providing a comfortable and even heat distribution.

Unlike traditional heating systems that heat the air, these heaters heat objects and people directly, making them more efficient, and the heat that they provide more comfortable.

Keep reading to learn about the types, benefits, applications, and more...


Types of Radiant Tube Heaters

Infrared Tube Heaters

These heaters are designed to emit infrared radiation, which is absorbed by objects and surfaces within a given space.

This absorption and subsequent re-emission of heat energy provide a consistent and comfortable temperature.

Infrared tube heaters are particularly effective in large spaces such as warehouses and factories, where traditional heating methods may fall short.

Finned Tube Heaters

Finned tube heaters are characterized by their unique design, which includes a heating element surrounded by fins.

These fins enhance the heat transfer process by dispersing the heat more effectively into the surrounding air.

This makes finned tube heaters an excellent choice for heating large spaces or outdoor environments where wind and other factors may affect heat distribution.

Ceramic Tube Heaters

Ceramic tube heaters utilize a ceramic heating element to generate heat.

Known for their durability and high-temperature capabilities, these heaters are often used in industrial processes that require high temperatures, such as product drying and molding.

Quartz Tube Heaters

Quartz tube heaters use a quartz heating element to produce heat.

These heaters are capable of reaching very high temperatures quickly, making them ideal for use in processes that require intense heat, such as metal refining and glass melting.

Low-Intensity Tube Heaters

Low-intensity tube heaters operate under negative pressure.

This means the combustion process is completely enclosed, resulting in increased radiant efficiency, more uniform tube temperature, and enhanced safety.

High-Intensity Tube Heaters

High-intensity tube heaters, such as the REV Series from Detroit Radiant, are known for their efficiency.

They feature an adjustable reflector and pre-heated combustion air, which leads to superior heater performance.

Stainless Steel Tube Heaters

Stainless steel tube heaters are constructed from 304 and 409 stainless steels.

These heaters are ideal for outdoor applications due to their durability and resistance to weather and other environmental conditions.

Each type of heater is designed to meet specific heating requirements, and the choice depends on the specific needs of the application.


What Types of Radiant Tube Heater Products Does Engineered Temperature Solutions Install?

ETS installs a wide range of products through our partner Roberts Gordon.

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Roberts Gordon offers a comprehensive range of heating products designed for various environments, from industrial and commercial to residential spaces.

If they have it, we install it.

Here’s a detailed summary of their offerings:

Designed to bring the warmth of the sun indoors, these heaters are suitable for industrial, commercial, agricultural, and residential spaces. They provide even heat distribution and are built to last, backed by an industry-leading three-year warranty.

Economical and versatile, these heaters come in single-stage, positive pressure, or dual fire models, catering to a variety of needs.

Factory-assembled heaters ideal for residential garages or small commercial spaces.

Controls designed to optimize the performance of infrared heating systems.

Heaters that provide intense heat, suitable for specific applications where high heat is required.

Designed for outdoor patios, these heaters allow for year-round comfort in residential or commercial settings.

Plug-and-play heaters that offer a convenient heating solution without the need for gas.

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These systems are tailored for total industrial building comfort, ensuring even heating across large spaces.

Design and Layout:

  • The CORAYVAC® system provides a fully engineered design and layout option for complete building comfort.

  • Each application receives a customized infrared heating system featuring modulating burners-in-series.

  • Burners-in-series allow for maximum heat coverage in the space while minimizing building exhaust penetrations.

Efficiency and Savings:

  • Designed as a high-efficiency condensing system, the CORAYVAC® utilizes more heat within the space.

  • Lower exhaust temperatures result in energy and fuel savings, reducing heating costs.


  • The system can be tailored to specific requirements, making it suitable for various industrial applications.

  • Burners can be placed 10 feet to 70 feet apart for uniform heat coverage.

Control Options:

  • The Roberts-Gordon CORAYVAC® Modulating Heating Control offers diverse control panel options.

  • It senses outdoor temperature, ensuring optimal heater control based on heat requirements.

  • Variable speed technology reduces electrical power consumption, extending motor life.

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A family of premium quality radiant heaters available in modulating, harsh environment, or standard models. Whether it’s a warehouse, an auto dealership, or a restaurant outdoor patio, the VANTAGE® family ensures years of comfort and warmth for various spaces.

  • Efficient operation with fully automatic or manual control of burner modulation.

  • Provides optimum combustion throughout the full range of burner inputs.

  • Built to last with durable components.

  • Designed for industrial and commercial comfort.

  • Fuel savings due to efficient operation.

  • Custom, efficient heating without the custom price tag.

  • Fits any building size or floor plan.

  • Fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly.

  • Reliable and durable in harsh environments.

  • Multiburner systems reduce burner penetrations and installation costs.

  • Standard for single-stage unitary heaters.

  • Diagnostic capability incorporated in burner design.

  • Design flexibility with multiple configurations.

  • Durable burner box design minimizes exposure to dirt and moisture.

  • Reliable performance for industrial and commercial applications.

  • Approved for indoor and outdoor use.

  • Sealed burner box enclosure with separate compartments for combustion air.

  • Built tough to withstand harsh conditions (e.g., car washes, welding areas, dock doors).

  • Provides energy-efficient heating in challenging environments.

  • Designed to withstand outdoor conditions, ensuring long-lasting performance.

  • Extends the patio season by providing warmth even in cooler temperatures.

  • Allows efficient combustion across the full burner input range.

  • Ensures durability and protection from environmental elements.

  • Focuses on fuel efficiency and reduced carbon footprint for heating outdoor spaces. 🔥


Applications of Commercial and Industrial Radiant Tube Heaters

Radiant tube heaters are a versatile heating solution used across a variety of commercial and industrial settings.

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Roberts Gordon provides solutions for various sectors, including:

Roberts Gordon offers free heat loss analysis or facility design to guide customers through the buying process, from design to installation.

They emphasize the energy efficiency of their products, highlighting that their infrared heaters can provide greater comfort while using significantly less energy compared to traditional warm air heaters.

They also cater to industrial buildings of all shapes and sizes, including warehouses, manufacturing facilities, airplane hangars, and vehicle service centers.

For those interested in upgrading their heating systems or installing new ones, Roberts Gordon boasts over six decades of experience in making spaces comfortable with their radiant heating technology.

If you think your business or facility would benefit from these products, contact ETS for more information on installation and what solutions would fit your needs best.


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Benefits of Radiant Tube Heaters

Radiant tube heaters offer a range of benefits that make them an attractive choice for commercial and industrial heating.

Here are some key benefits:

Energy Efficiency:

  • Radiant tube heaters are highly energy-efficient. They work by emitting infrared radiation that is absorbed directly by objects and people, rather than heating the air. This direct method of heating reduces energy waste and makes these heaters more efficient than traditional heating systems.

  • They can help businesses reduce their energy consumption and contribute to environmental sustainability.

Comfortable and Even Heat Distribution:

  • Radiant tube heaters provide comfortable and even heat distribution. The infrared radiation they emit is absorbed and re-radiated by objects in the room, creating a consistent and comfortable temperature.

  • Unlike traditional heaters, which can create hot and cold spots, radiant tube heaters ensure a uniform temperature across the space.


  • Due to their energy efficiency, radiant tube heaters can lead to significant cost savings. By reducing energy waste, these heaters can help businesses lower their energy bills.

  • Radiant tube heaters are durable and require less maintenance than traditional heating systems, leading to further cost savings in the long run.

Versatility in Applications:

  • Radiant tube heaters are versatile and can be used in a wide range of commercial and industrial applications. From warehouses and factories to outdoor event spaces and patios, these heaters can provide effective heating solutions in various settings.

  • Their versatility also extends to their installation. They can be installed in multiple configurations to suit the specific needs of the space.

These benefits make radiant tube heaters a valuable investment for businesses looking for an efficient, comfortable, cost-effective, and versatile heating solution.

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Installation Considerations for Radiant Tube Heaters

Installing radiant tube heaters in a commercial or industrial setting requires careful consideration of several factors to ensure optimal performance and safety.

Here are some key considerations:

Location and Positioning:

  • The location and positioning of the heater can significantly impact its effectiveness. The heater should be installed in a location where it can provide the most benefit, typically in areas where people spend the most time.

  • The heater should be positioned to allow for even heat distribution across the space. It should also be installed at a height that maximizes its heating efficiency while ensuring safety.

Sizing and Capacity:

  • The size and heating capacity of the radiant tube heater should be appropriate for the size of the space. A heater that is too small may not provide sufficient heat, while a heater that is too large may waste energy.

  • Factors to consider when determining the appropriate size and capacity include the size of the space, the insulation level of the building, the desired indoor temperature, and the local climate.

Safety Measures:

  • Safety is a crucial consideration when installing radiant tube heaters. The heaters should be installed in accordance with local building codes and the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Safety measures may include ensuring adequate clearance from combustible materials, installing guards or barriers to prevent accidental contact with the heater, and ensuring proper ventilation to prevent the buildup of harmful gases.

  • It’s important to consult with a professional or local authority to ensure compliance with all relevant codes and standards.

Here’s a breakdown of its key points:

  • 1406.1 General: Electric radiant heating systems should be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and NFPA 701. They should be listed for the application.

  • 1406.2 Clearances: The code specifies certain clearances that must be maintained when installing radiant heating systems.

  • 1406.6 Finish surfaces: The finish materials installed over radiant heating panels or systems should be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Surfaces should be secured so that nails or other fastenings do not pierce the radiant heating elements.

Please note that this is a general summary, and the actual code may contain additional details and specifications. Always refer to the official document for complete information and consult with a professional if needed.

By carefully considering these factors, you can ensure that your radiant tube heaters are installed correctly and safely, and that they provide efficient and effective heating for your commercial or industrial space.


Maintenance Tips for Radiant Tube Heaters

Proper maintenance is key to ensuring the longevity and efficiency of your radiant tube heaters.

Here are some maintenance tips:

Regular Cleaning and Inspection:

  • Over time, dust and debris can accumulate on the surface of the heater, which can affect its performance. Regular cleaning can help maintain the efficiency of the heater.

  • Regular inspection can help identify any potential issues early on. Check for any signs of damage or wear and tear, and ensure that all components are functioning properly.

Monitoring Gas Connections:

  • For gas-powered radiant tube heaters, it’s important to regularly check the gas connections. Any leaks or loose connections should be addressed immediately to prevent potential safety hazards.

  • Regularly check the gas pressure to ensure it’s at the recommended level. If the gas pressure is too high or too low it can affect the performance of the heater and may even cause damage.

Addressing Wear and Tear:

  • All heaters experience wear and tear over time. Regularly check for any signs of deterioration, such as rusting or cracking, and address these issues promptly.

  • Replace any worn-out parts as necessary. Using worn-out parts can affect the performance of the heater and may even lead to more serious issues down the line.

Remember, regular maintenance not only helps ensure the efficiency and performance of your radiant tube heaters but also contributes to their longevity and safety.

Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific maintenance guidelines for your particular model.

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Infrared Heating vs. Forced Air Systems

When it comes to commercial and industrial heating solutions, the choice between infrared heating and forced air systems is a critical decision.

Both systems have their own unique advantages, but infrared heating often emerges as the superior choice for several reasons.

Key Differences

Infrared Heating Systems work on the principle of radiant heat, similar to how the sun heats the earth. They directly heat objects and people within their range, rather than heating the air. This results in a more efficient transfer of heat and less energy wastage.

On the other hand, Forced Air Systems heat the air, which then transfers heat to objects and people. This method can lead to heat loss due to air leakage and uneven distribution, making these systems less efficient.

How is Infrared Heating Superior

Energy Efficiency

Infrared heaters are generally more energy-efficient than forced air systems. They directly heat objects and people, reducing heat loss and leading to lower energy consumption. This can result in significant cost savings over time.


Infrared heaters provide a more comfortable heat as they create a uniform temperature from floor to ceiling. This contrasts with forced air systems, which can create drafts and temperature fluctuations.

Health and Safety

Infrared heaters do not circulate air, reducing the spread of dust and allergens. They also operate silently and do not produce any emissions, making them a healthier choice.


Infrared heaters require less maintenance than forced air systems. They have fewer moving parts, reducing the likelihood of breakdowns and the need for repairs.

While both infrared heating and forced air systems have their place, infrared heating often proves to be a superior choice for commercial and industrial applications.

Its energy efficiency, comfort, health benefits, and low maintenance make it a smart investment for businesses looking to optimize their heating solutions.


Conclusion: Embracing Radiant Tube Heaters for Efficient Heating Solutions

Radiant tube heaters have proven to be an effective and efficient solution for heating in commercial and industrial settings.

Their energy efficiency not only makes them a cost-effective choice but also contributes to environmental sustainability.

The comfort they provide by ensuring even heat distribution enhances the working environment, potentially boosting productivity.

Moreover, their versatility in applications, from warehouses and factories to outdoor event spaces and patios, makes them a go-to choice for a variety of heating needs.

With proper installation, maintenance, and safety measures, radiant tube heaters can provide reliable and efficient heating solutions for years to come.

As always, it’s important to consult with a heating professional to choose the right type of heater that best fits your specific needs and requirements.

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