- Proper design
- Gas supply and pressure
- Mounting heights
- Clearance to combustibles
- Burner box location
- Chemicals or vapors in the space
- High moisture/harsh environment
- Venting lengths and locations
- Reflector angle
- Necessary guarding
Responsibility of the Installer and Users
Infrared heaters must be installed by a qualified person or agency per applicable codes and the manufacturer’s Installation, Operation and Service manuals.
The qualified installer shall:
- Install the heater in accordance with the published minimum clearances to combustibles and other heater specifications.
- Provide access for servicing.
- Give a copy of the manufacturer’s Installation, Operation and Service manual to the owner.
- Ensure there is adequate air circulation around the heater.
- Ensure the heater is placed in an approved application.
- Ensure that building materials with a low heat tolerance are protected to prevent degradation.
- “…in locations used for storage of combustible materials, signs shall be posted to specify the maximum permissible stacking height to the combustibles.”
This is quoted from the National Fuel Gas Code (ANSI Z223.1), and the Standard for Gas-Fired Low-Intensity Infrared Heaters (ANSI Z83.20).
- ANSI Z83.20 further states “…and such signs must either be posted adjacent to the heat thermostat or in the absence of such thermostat in a conspicuous location.”
Certain applications may require additional design and installation considerations.
Contact the factory or your local representative for assistance when applying infrared heaters in applications such as:
- High altitude sites
- Residential applications
- Areas with non-standard gas
- CNG bus stations/service garages
- Agricultural applications
- Outdoor patios
Do Your Part!
Gas-fired infrared heating appliances are a great method to efficiently heat many applications when properly applied and maintained. By actively following the tips listed here, infrared heaters can potentially increase a building’s overall efficiency ratio, reduce the output of greenhouse gases, and increase comfort levels in the building. Do your part and own an energy efficient building!
Common Installation Practices & Guidelines