Types of Heaters Used for Hot Yoga Studios: Advantages and Disadvantages

For the purpose of Bikram yoga, the temperature within the workout space must remain at 105°F. This can be a major expense for small businesses that are dependent on electricity derived from fossil fuels. To combat high energy prices, many yoga studio owners are seeking out alternative heating methods. What these small business owners have found is that—along with increased energy efficiency—many of these alternative heating systems come with the added benefit of being more environmentally friendly.

Of all the ‘alternative’ heating systems that have recently gained popularity among the owners of Bikram yoga studios, Cove and On-Demand panels are the most common. Each has its own set of advantages that must be considered before installation. We’ll try to help you understand the differences among all of the radiant heating systems we carry below.

First, let’s take a look at Cove heaters, which use a technology trademarked CeramiCircuit™. Cove brand heating units available through Hot Yoga Heating boast up to a 52% greater downward radiant output as well as 47% Watts/in2 more heating surface than similar low-intensity radiant heating systems. Cove heaters are wedge-shaped and have an industrial look. They can be mounted on either the ceiling or the wall at least 6 feet above the floor, which works particularly well in a studio with vaulted ceilings. Cove heaters come in beige and white, with special orders of black or brown available.

For these reasons, REH’s CeramiCircuit™ heating units are an ideal choice to efficiently and effectively heat a hot yoga studio. The experience that REH brings to commercial applications has been drawn from a vast number of projects across the heating industry. With nearly 70 years as a leader in the heating industry, REH products can be an excellent investment for your small business.

The second most popular option for our customers, On-Demand panels, have the benefit of being feasible options for both primary and supplemental heating systems. These flat, rectangular panels may be either surface or recessed mounted, suspended by chains or wires, or installed directly into suspended acoustical (also known as T-bar) ceiling tile systems. On-Demand panels come in white and can be painted with latex interior paint to match your studio ceiling.

Another difference with the On-Demand heating panels is these panels are designed to be wired directly into your electrical system and controlled by your choice of either a line voltage or low-voltage thermostat.

The third product line we offer at Hot Yoga Heating is the Ducoterra SolaRay panel heater. Like our On-Demand panels, SolaRay panels are designed to be ceiling-mounted. They can either be flush-mounted or suspended, and they are a mere half-inch thick—the lowest profile radiant heating panel available on the market today. They feature extremely high-tech construction that is warrantied for 20 years, and the company prides itself on its dedication to eco-friendly principles. SolaRay panels have a stylish, minimalistic powder-coated white finish, and can be painted with latex paint.

All three types of panels produce a clean, comfortable heat, and the systems are easy to install. With little or no maintenance and no moving parts, these compact, noiseless systems are sure to be a valuable asset to any Bikram yoga studio. Ducoterra provides the longest warranty period at 20 years, with Cove coming in second at 10 years, and On-Demand panels at 5 years for their heating element.

Whether you choose Cove, SolaRay, or On-Demand panels for your business, you’re sure to invest in an efficient and effective heating system for your Bikram yoga studio.

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