Radiant Heating for Hot Yoga
Hot yoga radiant heating is more or less established as the ideal solution to this less than straight forward heating application. But there are solutions to this tricky heating conundrum.
Radiant Heating for Hot Yoga - Why is it challenging?
Radiant Heating for Hot Yoga places significant demands on a heating system because not only does the heating system need to be able to bring the temperature up to 40°C or there abouts, it also needs to be able to maintain it there within a relatively tight control band. To put this into context, heating systems are generally designed to provide 'comfort' heating to about 22°C and most commercial and domestic systems generally operate between 14 - 20°C, perhaps only getting to 22°C in a living room in domestic setting. Thermostatic controls therefore generally have a presetting range to cover these requirements and offer some frost protection for when the building is unoccupied. Thermostat ranges are usually 5 - 30°C, well below that required for hot yoga.
Radiant Heating for Hot Yoga - some solutions
With applications for radiant heating for hot yoga studios under our belt, we have found that perhaps the best heaters to meet the demands for temperature and of controlability is to use ceiling mounted electric radiant heaters. The Frico range includes a model called Elztrip which has the advantage of having a clean white finish, which suits a studio environment.
Another approach to radiant heating for hot yoga is to use Frico Thermocassettes. These have the advantage of being designed so that they can be fitted as a tile within a suspended ceiling, or surface mounted to the ceiling. In hot yoga studio heating applications, Thermocassettes work well and look very neat, but they need to be used in a denser array than you would use in normal heating applications.This is because not only will they be heating to 40°C, they also use a lower surface temperature than the Elztrips, therefore a greater heated area is required.
This is because not only will they be heating to 40°C, they also use a lower surface temperature than the Elztrips, therefore a greater heated area is required.
Radiant Heating for Hot Yoga - Controls
Both Elztrips and Thermocassettes are ideally suited to pulsing control. This basically is a control system where the power to the radiant heaters is rapidly pulsed on and off, and where the duration of the off and on parts of the cycle are altered to suit the temperature
demand. The great advantage of this is that it means that the heat output of the electric radiant heaters is stepless, and means that it can hold a much tighter setting.
But then with Hot Yoga Studios there is a snag because pulser type controllers only range up to 30°C.
With a good deal of digging about with control boffins, a pulser control system was found that suits the specific requirements of hot yoga. It even has a programmable time clock option so that the studio can be set to get up to 40°C before the staff arrive for to take the first session of the day.
For more details about heaters and controllers for hot yoga studios, call us 01729 824 108, or visit our website.