|Features of a Premium Radiant System
SPIRAL LOW MASS RADIANT TUBING
feature of the Reflect-O-Ray® and Omega II® increases the efficiency of our radiant tube systems. Our patented Low
Mass radiant tubing heats up faster, allowing optimum radiant emitter output faster than any other radiant tube systems available.
Combustion Research Corporation has always maintained that optimum
efficiency is superior to maximum efficiency. This is important to the overall longevity of a radiant tube system.
A radiant tube system that continuously produces condensate will increase thermal efficiency by as little as 2% -- however
the effects of the extremely corrosive condensate will eventually destroy the radiant tubing. Prudent choices must be made.
Disposal of this corrosive, acidic condensate into the community's drain system is not an environmentally sound choice. Heavy
walled and glass lined radiant tubing will eventually fail, corrode, and require replacement -- the costs of replacement negate
any savings that may have been realized. Combustion Research believes that systems that have "built in" maintenance
is counter productive. An "Optimum" radiant tube system design incorporates the highest efficiency while
maintaining low maintenance. This "Optimum" design gives the building owner the greatest overall cost savings.
Reflect-O-Ray® and Omega II® have been engineered to deliver "optimum" results.
Reflect-O-Ray® and Omega II® systems are engineered so that combustion air filters are not required. When
filters are not maintained, system failures can occur -- resulting in reduced system effectiveness and the increased potential
for failure of the entire system. The constant replacement cost of filters only adds to the maintenance expense. After all,
customers investing in a radiant heating system for their facility are looking to cut expenses.
RADIANT TUBE LENGTH
AND BTU INPUT
The objective of a low intensity radiant tube system
is to convert the highest percentage of gas-fuel into Infra Red energy. This Infra Red energy is absorbed by the
building's concrete slab as well as the materials and items within the building. It is this absorbed energy that is stored
and re-radiated to the interior of the building which provides the feeling of unparalleled comfort. In order for the building
to absorb the optimum amount of energy, it is important to maintain an acceptable "Optimum Ratio of BTU Input
to Radiant Emitter Tubing."
Radiant heating systems manufactured
by Combustion Research Corporation have been engineered and designed with the emphasis for "Optimum Efficiency."
Short radiant tube length, high input systems -- which have become prevalent -- conceal their additional operating costs.
By reducing their tube lengths and increasing the BTU per hour input, the up-front costs are generally reduced. However, the
trade off is lower system efficiency that requires additional BTU input to replace the wasted energy these short tube systems
create. This in turn drives up the operating costs. Pre dilution exhaust temperatures in excess of 450° F have been seen.
The exhaust temperature should not require dilution air for a well-designed radiant system. An "Optimum" radiant
tube system will incorporate enough radiant emitter (tubing) which will deliver the maximum efficiency while striving to produce
an effective "Optimum Ratio of BTU Input to Radiant Emitter Tubing."
systems are Certified by CSA International
(Formally the American Gas Association
and Canadian Gas Association)