After discussing about in detail about infrared heaters and how they can save you money, now it’s time to discuss how you can install them.
Infrared heaters are the new and improved version of the traditional heater.
Unlike traditional heaters which merely heat the air, infrared heaters provide immediate warmth to the people in its surroundings by direct emission of heat rays. Infrared heaters are not among the dissatisfying heaters which produce inadequate heat, or blistering heat.
Installing The Infrared Heater at Your Home
Case by case studies revealed that infrared heaters are not just more effective than traditional heaters, they are also less energy consuming. This applies to both gas and electric infrared heaters. Here’s the science behind this conclusion:
Electric infrared heaters use coils as the heat conductor to activate emission of electromagnetic radiation, these coils are heated rapidly which results in immediate heat. Gas infrared heaters use heat panels or steel tubes as the heat conductor to trigger emission of electromagnetic rays. Also check our article on installing infrared tube heaters.
This also results in rapid heating of the heating elements which is how immediate heat is produced. In both cases, it is only a matter of seconds for the heating elements to get heated amply for the electromagnetic radiation to start. In contrast, traditional heaters like central heating systems and regular gas heaters are not as fast and productive as infrared heaters.
They do not produce enough heat, or they take long periods of pre-heating in order to do so. That is why infrared heaters are more efficient, in terms of productivity and cost both. Now that we have explained the reasons behind the rise of infrared heaters, you might be wondering how you can install one by yourself at your very own humble abode? The process involves tools, assembly, and a whole lot of security! Since electric heaters do not require any such installation or tools, gas infrared heaters have been neglected by many.
This is simply because of the fact that people have not been well-informed about the installation process. Knowing all the benefits a gas infrared heater has to offer, we decided to take the task upon ourselves. We strongly recommend hiring a professional to install the heater for you, to avoid any mishaps. If you prefer to do things on your own, we have got your back. In this article, we will give you a step by step guideline to help you install a gas infrared heater all by yourself:
Step 1: Assemble The Unit
Before you get started with the assembly, read all of the instructions provided by the manufacturer, carefully. Read them twice to ensure complete understanding of your heater’s structure. Working with natural gas requires your full attention. Gas heater installations have to be done with extra precaution to avoid accidents like potential explosion and fire hazards.
Moving onto the assembly, your gas infrared heater will come with numerous accessories. Some of these will be bits and pieces, and the others will be bigger in size. Needless to say, you need to hold on to all of these accessories. To ensure a perfect installation of your gas heater, you will need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and attach/detach the parts as directed.
If your infrared gas heater comes with a separate thermostat sensor or blower, you can also choose to connect those to your heater by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 2: Attaching The Mount Bracket
This step is only applicable to those who want to attach their infrared gas heater to the wall. Some infrared heaters are designed to fit onto the wall, and some are designed to be placed on the ground. Innovative models are convertible and can be placed on the wall, or the ground, depending on your preference. If you choose to have your heater mounted to the wall, read on.
- Long screws (The number of screws depends on the number of holes present in your mount bracket)
- Drill: Attaching the mount bracket does not require having the brains of a professional. Simply place the wall amount at least 3 inches above ground level. Make sure the mount is at a leveled position, and begin drilling the long screws into the wall through the mount bracket.
Step 3: Connecting The Heater With Your Gas Pipeline
Note: Make sure the gas supply is turned OFF during this step
- Gas Supply Pipe
- Nuts and Bolts
Since the use of gas cylinders in houses has been restricted or banned in many countries for safety purposes, we will elaborate an alternative method for the gas connection. Head outside to the gas meter of your house, because that is where the gas enters your house from. Different meters have different pipe sizes and fitting standards, obtain the rules and directions set by your area’s municipalities to ensure accurate fitting of the pipeline into the meter.
Once you know the standards, you will have to attach the gas pipeline to your meter using a tubing. Attach the tubing on the beginning and end points of the gas pipeline using nuts and bolts, and tighten using the wrench. Using the same method, connect one end to the meter, and the other one to your heater, according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Conclusion – Wrapping It Up!
Congratulations! After the completion of the last step, you will have successfully installed your heater. Give yourself a pat on the back! At this point, it would be a good idea for you to hire a professional to carry out a safety check on the heater.
Then, you can do a test-drive on your heater to ensure everything is running smoothly. We hope this article was victorious in its attempt to explain the installation process of a gas infrared heater. Here is to warm and comfy winters ahead!