A low cost and effective heating option with minimal installation
Whether or not you use your conservatory all year round, it’s important to keep frost and condensation at bay. The ideal way of achieving this is through the use of an economical to run heater that can be set to operate as and when temperatures drop. Electrically powered tubular heaters capable of operating at low power outputs and compact enough not to take up much space are the ideal solution.
The need for background heat
Various spaces such as greenhouses, some garages and kennels require some sort of background heat and your conservatory is no exception; even if it’s not used in the winter, keeping frost and condensation at bay is paramount. Left unchecked, excess condensation can cause problems such as mould and damage to flooring if moisture builds and runs onto more vulnerable surfaces such as natural wood or carpeting.
Tubular heaters provide an effective and economical method of providing just enough heat to ward off frost and condensation.
What are tubular heaters?
As their name suggests, they are a cylindrically shaped heater with an aluminium tube that easily mounts on a surface and can either be plugged into a domestic power socket or wired directly into a fused spur. They are resistance heaters in that, similar to the way a kettle or bar heater works, an electrical current is passed through a coil that heats up.
Tubular heaters are usually available in various power output guises from 60 to 360W. A heater running at 60W would prove a very economical way of keeping frost and condensation at bay – depending on your electricity tariff it may only cost around half a pence to run one for an hour.
Should more heat be required, then obviously more than one heater can be used and makers usually provide linking kits to allow banks of heaters to be installed.
More control and protection
Various accessories can usually be specified from a tubular heating manufacturer to enhance your equipment’s functionality and safety.
Thermostats – gives you tubular heaters with thermostat control so your heater comes on when temperatures drop to a certain level and there’s a risk of frost.
Safety guards – the surface of a tubular heater can reach temperatures of 120℃ so could pose a risk for young children or pets, so safety guards are a worthwhile add on and would usually be available from the heater manufacturer.
Timers – you can buy highly flexible timers usually from the tubular heating manufacturer to enable full control over the times the heater switches on and off. Along with individual days of the week and a manual override option, blocks of days can usually be specified.
Safety adaptors – if there’s a risk of water, an RCD (Residual Current Device) safety adaptor will intervene and switch the heater off.
Discreet and adaptable
With a typical length of around 300mm, tubular heaters don’t take up much room and so make for a popular way to provide background heat even in small spaces such as cupboards and smaller greenhouses. Their efficiency and low running costs make them an ideal solution for the conservatory.