Top Advantages of Electrical Heating

Thermodynamic systems encompass the transfer of energy, which can be studied in one of three systems: open systems, closed systems, and isolated systems. Heat transfer can only take place between open and closed systems. As technology abounds homes and businesses alike have taken to using many open and closed systems to reduce costs and improve energy efficiency. Energy, in the form of heat, is quantifiable, and can be converted in electricity. The energy generated from an electrical heating system is considered a primary source of energy. This energy is obtained from its original source and the construction is quite simple:

  • The heat causes the particles to vibrate and molecules move.
  • Thermoelectric devices then convert the heat into electricity.

In this world of thermodynamic laws the newest technological developments in electrical heating have brought immersion heaters to the forefront of the oil and petrochemical industries. Unique in their design, these systems heat liquid in lieu of air. While other forms of heating sources, such as gas, are designed to heat the air in a given room, the immersion heater devices are installed inside of tanks or vessels with the purpose of heating liquids around the device.  

Immersion Heater Types

Immersion heaters can cater to various industrial heating requirements, making them suitable for a myriad of petrochemical and other industries. The three types of immersion heaters include flanged, circulation, and over-the-top.  

  1. Flanged immersion heaters are designed for the installation inside of pressurized tanks or vessels and are typically used to heat industrial liquids including heat transfer fluids, water, oil, or corrosive solutions. In addition, electrical heating elements can be used to heat hot water storage tanks, boiler equipment, food processing equipment, or rinsing and cleaning equipment
  2. Circulation immersion heaters can be utilized to heat water or to heat transfer oil heating, waste oil heating, or drain valves.
  3. Over The Top immersion heaters effectively heat liquids such as water, oils, acids, salts, or solvents.

All three designs offer efficient heating capabilities of liquid mediums, perfect for industrial or residential use. wattco  

Top Advantages to Immersion Heaters  

A) Durability

Throughout the oil industry, these heaters offer the right amount of heat necessary to ease the flow through pipes. Once installed, the technological modifications of these heating systems can withstand extreme environmental and weather conditions. All while lasting longer than similar heating systems.  

B) Safety

The controlling device for the immersion heaters is attached to the heater in such a way that the control box can be located on an exterior wall, adding to safety. Should anything go wrong with the controller or heater, this alleviates any need to empty the tank. Electrical heating devices have fewer moving parts and as a result, do not require as much space.  

C) Constant Temperatures

The heater can maintain the load at a constant temperature, which prevents the oil from rotting up. This also prevents the development of carbon on the interior wall which would otherwise disrupt the heat transfer process. For example, Orlando Florida has recently experienced falling temperatures (November 2014) and manufacturers were forced to use electric heating as a method of keeping their applications at acceptable levels.  

D) Environmentally Sound

Comparatively, electric heating systems do not generate carbon emissions, making it an arguably more environmentally sound heating option.  

E) Noise Reduction

With electric heating systems, no flame exists, rather the motor and the heating components. All of which are significantly quieter than an alternative heating system.  

F) Reduced Costs

Electric heating elements like the immersion heating system offer reduced costs. The heating of liquid in lieu of the air in a given room or space alleviates any waste produced by trying to heat the air around the item. In addition, heating oil for a gas heating system is significantly more expensive than electricity. In some areas, the cost of natural gas may also be higher than electricity. Wood burning stoves are a popular alternative heating source, and yet the repeated costs of maintenance and materials far exceed the minimal investment of an immersion heating system.

Overall, selecting the appropriate immersion heating design offers efficient heating capabilities for liquid mediums, an ideal solution for industrial or residential use.

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