An article published on www.air-n-water.com mentions, “At the heart of every heating appliance is a heating element.” The publication also states that no matter which type, size, or capacity if electric heater you are using, heating element will be the central part of it. The job of the element is to convert the electric energy into heat and warm up the area or space in which it is being used.
In an electric heater, the red-hotwiring or grille is the heating element. In some designs of heaters, such as blowers, the element is designed to stay hidden to avoid accidents. Usually, the product designers place the element inside a casing of metal or heavy-duty plastic.
There are different types of heating elements used for different purposes. PTC is one of the five main types of heating elements involved in the blueprint of a large number of industrial appliances. All the five types are –
- Metal-based Elements
- Ceramic Elements
- Polymer PTC Elements
- Composite Elements
- Combination Elements
Polymer PTC Heating Elements –
Polymer rubber is used for designing and manufacturing resistive heaters. PTC stands for Positive Temperature Coefficient and it is a very helpful material due to its reliable electrical resistance and self-regulating characteristics. The heaters with this mechanism can produce very high temperatures. They can also maintain the desired temperature to fuel up a range of industrial processes. The PTC rubber can be designed to meet exact and varying temperature applications.
The following sections underline some of the biggest benefits of PTC rubber –
Increased Safety – User safety is one of the greatest factors that a manufacturing business has to ensure at their plant. The PTC technology, in comparison to other heating technologies, is a more reliable and controlled operation. While other types of heating elements can produce temperatures over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, PTC elements limit themselves to just 500 degrees Fahrenheit. It is obvious the appliances that work on lower temperature are much safer than those that work on extreme temperature.
Also, the PTC plates do not generate temperature on their own. They cool down as soon as the source of electricity is pulled off. Meaning, these devices do not cause any risks associated with excess heating.
Better Durability – Heaters with PTC elements have an enduring life. Many other types of heaters experience a decrease in their span, once you start using them to their maximum limit. That certainly is not true with PTC heaters. PTC elements can be programmed to achieve the desired temperature; they do not cross that limit. These heaters generate heat, once the programmed temperature is achieved; the polymer plate maintains that temperature. And that is why these heaters have better resilience and longer stability.
Cost Control – Another benefit of PTC elements is they help save you plenty on your operating cost. Since they are more durable and safer than other types of elements, they help you control unnecessary expenditures on repair, replacements and maintenance routines. Additionally, they do not keep consuming the electricity. That is also a cost saving.