If you’re shopping for a thermal fluid industrial heating system, you’ve likely come across the term “low NOx heater” in your research. And in fact, depending on your state’s EPA regulations, your state may even require you purchase a low NOx heater for your facility.
Lucky for you, American Heating Company manufactures thermal fluid heaters with NOx levels under 9PPM total NOx and less than 50 PPM Co.
But what is NOx? And what exactly are the benefits of low NOx heaters? To make things easy for you, we’ve broken down the terminology below.
What is a Low NOx Heater?
“NOx” is an abbreviation for Nitrogen Oxides, which are a type of greenhouse gas that are harmful to the atmosphere.
Nitrogen Oxide gases are emitted when burning fuel at high heat – like with an industrial hot oil heater. The most dangerous of these gases is NO2, Nitrogen Dioxide. This product of burning fuel is harmful to human health and the environment, which is why the Environmental Protection Agency has set regulations to control NO2 standards.
How Do Low NOx Heaters Reduce NOx?
At American Heating Company, we believe using flue gas recirculation is the most efficient way to achieve the lowest NOx level. By installing a large flue gas recirculation duct at the opposite end of the burner, the large surface area of duct will quickly allows the flue gas to give up heat, allowing for less NOx formation.
We also have burner models that can achieve 9PPM NOx without a flue gas duct for those who require it.
What are the Benefits to Low NOx Heaters?
Read below for our top three benefits to purchasing a low NOx heater for your facility.
They’re Environmentally Friendly
When NO2 and NOx are released, they interact with other chemicals in the atmosphere that is harmful to the environment. The EPA has linked NOx emissions contributing to acid rain, smog, global warming, and smog. By using a low NOx heater, you greatly reduce NO2 pollution in the atmosphere.
They’re Safer For Your Employees
According to the EPA, exposure to nitrogen oxides has been found to contribute to respiratory problems and diseases, like asthma. By installing a low NOx heater, you’re potentially preventing damage to your employee’s lungs.
They’re More Efficient
As our low NOx heaters are built using a serpentine coil technology, they have space between the coil tubes which renders them 10 to 15% more efficient than hot oil heaters that feature helical coils.
In the Market for an Industrial Low NOx Heater for Your Plant or Facility?
If you’re looking to enhance safety in your facility, increase your heater’s efficiency, and increase your heater’s efficiency, low NOx heaters are certainly worth the investment.
Have questions about our low NOx heating equipment? Give us a call today at (715) 748-5888 or contact us online! We’d be happy to offer you our expert opinion so you can make a well informed decision as you decide whether or not a low NOx heater is ideal for your plant.
Interested in additional resources for plant managers shopping for thermal fluid heaters? The following resources are a great place to start:
Factors to Consider When Shopping For An Industrial Heating System – Review our helpful list of things to carefully review and consider as you’re exploring the low NOx heater options for your plant or facility.
Guide to Selecting the Right Thermal Fluid Heater for Your Facility – As you shop your options, use the criteria we’ve outlined in our thermal fluid heater selection guide to help narrow your search.
Industrial Heating FAQs – Find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions from our clients and customers.