Advantages of Thermal Fluid Heating Systems

Hot Oil Heater

Hot oil (Also known as thermal fluid) heating systems are used in a number of industrial processes. Oil, glycol, and water are the most typical mediums for this process. Common applications of thermal fluid heating include:

  • Crude oil & natural gas heating
  • Tank heating
  • Steam generation
  • Liquid & gas heating
  • Reboilers
  • Ovens
  • Autoclaves

We take a look at some of the advantages of thermal fluid heating systems:



Control Fluid Temperature During Process

Many processes need to maintain specific temperature ranges during processing. Preheating alone may not provide the consistency required for an effective process.

By using a thermal fluid heating system, users have indirect control over the temperature of the medium during the process. This results in a reliable process and a consistent product.


Precision Temperature Control

Taking advantage of hot oil heating systems allows industrial processes to have precision heating. They make it possible to reach and maintain high temperatures at low pressure with a high degree of accuracy.

Equipping systems with thermocouples and safety shut off switches results in even greater temperature control and safety. Wattco heating systems take advantage of advanced digital control panels. These allow for automation and greater precision.

With thermal fluid heaters, not only is the temperature precise, the timing is as well. The medium is heated precisely when it is needed. They maintain high temperatures reliably during processing and can shut off the heat supply afterwards.

This prevents wasting energy reheating or maintaining temperatures when it is not necessary. The result is a more efficient, cost-effective practice.



Wattco thermal fluid heaters are designed for long lifespans with lasting efficiency. The heaters are custom engineered with application-specific materials. The materials withstand any corrosive or damaging effects of the heated medium. As well, choosing materials like 310 stainless steel or Inconel alloys makes the heater suitable for high-temperature process heating.

In addition to a design that is built to stand up to harsh conditions, Wattco hot oil heaters are built for easy maintenance. Heater maintenance improves the lifespan of the unit, as well as ensuring it continues to run at maximum efficiency year after year. 


Electric Thermal Fluid Heating Systems

Taking advantage of electric thermal fluid heating systems adds further benefit to your process. There are a number of advantages of electric heating including:

  • Lower Costs
  • Greater Efficiency
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Safety
  • Durability
  • Consistency
  • Noise Reduction

The ability to run at higher efficiency and lower costs than their fossil fuel counterparts are making electric heating systems the new industry standard. Even if having to replace an existing system, electric heating has lower costs over the long term.

Electricity is less expensive than fossil fuel and is less wasteful. Fossil fuel is only 32%-48% efficient whereas electricity is 100% efficient.

Not only does electricity save on costs, but it also makes for a more environmentally-friendly process. Electric power releases no CO2 or N2O emissions. With growing public and government pressure on environmental standards, this is becoming especially important.


Choosing An Electric Thermal Fluid Heater

Wattco electric thermal fluid heaters are custom engineered for your specific process. Materials, designs, flanges, and wattages are all customized to the medium, volume, and any other requirement.

At Wattco, you can purchase the entire thermal fluid heater system from a single manufacturer. This makes for the most efficient system with a holistic design. All the parts work together properly at maximum efficiency and with better support. This allows the manufacturer to more effectively diagnose resolve and issues.

For a quote, or help choosing the best electric thermal fluid heater for your process, contact us today.