Written by Don Nichols

When talking about radiant heat, most people think of miles of PEX tubing and tons of concrete. Although this is a great way to heat, it can be very expensive and generally needs to be installed at the time of construction. This type of radiant heat is also known as in-floor heating and installed many different ways.  For example, in the floor, above the floor, or stapled up below the floor.

Now I'd like to introduce you to another style of radiant heat that hasn't had as much recognition as the rest- Radiant Tube Heaters.

SPS Radiant Heater

There are several styles of radiant tube heaters used for all sorts of applications from heating your patio to large commercial buildings. Next time you’re at your local big box hardware store, look up. In most cases you will find some sort of radiant tube heater and/or infrared heaters at all the entrances and exits.

Radiant heaters are considered to be the “economical alternative for hard to heat spaces” according to SunStar Heating Products. The biggest advantage of radiant tube heaters is that they heat objects from the ground up including the floor, people, and basically any object within the space. This can be ideal, especially for buildings that have overhead doors that are constantly opening and closing. Due to the fact that they are heating objects, heat is then transferred to the space for a very comfortable feel at the floor level. Other convection style heaters only warm the air and blow it around the space and as everyone knows, heat rises. The hot air ends up at ceiling level making it an inefficient way to heat a large space.

Heating Comparison

As has been previously stated, there are a large number of different applications for this kind of system and SunStar Heating Products has a solution for all of them. The following are some of the most common models.


SIU Radiant Heater

SIS/SIU: This is a pull through unit utilizing a draft inducer for exhaust and can be configured as a straight tube or u-tube style heater.


SIU Radiant Heater

SPS/SPU: This is a positive pressure unit in which flue gases are forced from the burner through the unit and then exhausted naturally. Like the SI units, these can also be configured as a straight tube or u-tube style heater.


The next time you have a hard to heat space, consider radiant heating and call your local Tarantin Industries sales representative. We’ll help you design a radiant tube heating system that will provide the results you’re looking for.

Salesman Don Nichols

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