Electric Far Infrared Heating Solution
Date of Project: August 2018
Client: Family Martial Arts
OKEL were approached by our client in April 2018 back as they were looking for a high efficiency replacement heating solution for a martial arts studio.
Previously the area had been heated by 3 Calor gas fires (4.2kw per heater) which were in use approx. 25 hours per week.
The total unit size was 41.6m² with a maximum ceiling height of 9m however due to the physical activities that took place within the martial arts studio it was only the reception and spectators viewing area that was to be heated.
Taking into consideration all of the findings from OKEL’s site survey, OKEL proposed an Electric Far Infra-red heating solution and design that was to consist of OKEL’s sleek high efficiency far infra-red heater bars (3.2 kw capacity per heater) which were to be suspended approximately 3m above the spectators viewing area.
Electric Far Infra-red was chosen as it’s an ideal solution for spot heating areas and the benefits of the heat are felt almost immediately therefore removing lengthy periods of time waiting for an area to reach its required temperature.
At our clients request OKEL were able to produce estimated annual running costs of the new heating system to help with our client’s decision to purchase.
Prior to the installation OKEL’s assigned NICEIC electrical approved engineers completed a pre installation site visit of the premises. The site visit included an inspection of the existing electrical supply to ensure there was enough capacity to accommodate the proposed far infrared heating solution and planning of the heaters positioning to deliver the most even spread of heat whilst considering the layout of the area below.
The installation team produced a well thought out design which enabled the heaters to be suspended approximately 3m above the spectators viewing area with the introduction of a precise chain mounted design as shown in the images within this case study.
Prior to the installation detailed risk assessments and method statements were forwarded to our client capturing all aspects of the installation; including working at height safety requirements necessary for the suspension of the far infrared heaters.
Upon completion of the project OKEL’s lead engineer provided a project handover to ensure our client was confident on the capabilities of the new heating system and was able to maximise the efficiencies by effective use of the intelligent thermostatic controls. To complete our client’s project electronic copies of NICEIC electrical commissioning certification were forwarded to the client to retain on file.