ROSSLYN, VA.—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) released Market Benefits of Electric Resistance Heat, a white paper that provides an overview of recent developments in the world of electric resistance heating (ERH). It includes a high-level exploration of the different types of electric heating options; a review of common attributes, including comfort, efficiency, and flexibility of use; and a case study of electric heat used in "green" homes.
According to the Electric Resistance Heating Section, which produced the document, ERH is a safe and simple solution for many heating needs, and frequently offers meaningful advantages over other sources of heating. When used in residential, commercial, or industrial applications, ERH provides a comfortable, efficient, and affordable heating option that is often the preferred method.
In simple terms, ERH warms working and living spaces using convection heaters such as baseboard or fan-forced heaters. While there are a variety of technical approaches available to consumers in the market, they all rely on the same basic physical property—passing an electrical current through a resistor converts electrical energy into heat.
More recently, a new variety of electric thermal storage (ETS) application has appeared called grid-interactive electric thermal storage or grid electric thermal storage (GETS). GETS performs like traditional ETS products except that it is capable of two-way communication with the local utility.
ERH continues to be a popular choice with consumers and commercial users for good reason. It is affordable, efficient, clean, and comfortable. Moreover, ERH is uniquely situated to assist in the deployment of greater amounts of electricity generated from renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. As with the electric car, consumer consciousness surrounding the use of clean electricity is growing exponentially, and it is reasonable to think that favorable attitudes toward electric heating will grow accordingly.
Market Benefits of Electric Resistance Heat may be downloaded at no cost on the NEMA website.
A French version, Avantages du chauffage par résistance électrique, also may be downloaded at no cost on the NEMA website.
NEMA's Electric Resistance Heating Section represents manufacturers of heating products and systems that are produced in North America and:
- are used for residential, commercial, and industrial markets;
- are designed for comfort conditioning, snow melting and storage; and
- include infrared, resistance heating, and cable heating for fixed installations
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