It’s not just us humans who need sufficient temperatures to get comfy – animals need comfort too! The main priority for zoo managers is to keep the enclosed animals safe, fed and within a space that closely imitates their natural habitat, and this includes keeping the habitat at an appropriate temperature. For animals that require a warm environment, failure to provide this can cause distress for the animal, impede mating habits and risk their wellbeing. Many traditional heaters have been inadequate in the past, as they cause enclosures to become dry and stuffy with the sheer amount of warm air being produced. They are also expensive and waste high amounts of energy. With the amount of enclosures within typical zoos, heating for each closure quicky adds up, meaning gas bills are eating up zoo funding, rather than the important stuff – the animals!
Heating solutions need to be reasonably priced, energy efficient and able to heat powerfully at a high mount (so that animals are unable to tamper with the systems). The heaters installed must also be low maintenance, so that staff are not required to enter dangerous enclosures often. Luckily, infrared heating is the answer to these requirements. With a no-maintenance system and the ability to mount on ceilings and walls, infrared heating is the most practical solution. Furthermore, infrared heating is one of the most cheapest and energy saving systems on the market. By heating objects and beings rather than the air, the system using a fraction of the energy needed for convection heaters, meaning gas bills are heavily reduced in the meantime.
The benefit of using infrared heating in zoos
- Infrared heating can cut down heating bills by up to 80%, meaning more money to spend on the important things – the animals.
- Can be mounted on walls, ceilings, under surfaces and under floors, saving space and keeping the system out of reach.
- Easy to install and maintenance free – less dangerous labour for staff
- Sleek and compact design, so that your heating can be incorporated directly into the enclosure. This means that the systems will not disrupt the imitation of a natural habitat.
- Heaters can be turned off and on as needed, meaning energy and money is not wasted when certain enclosures are not occupied.
- Infrared heaters do not heat up the air, and are therefore not hindered by the outdoors. Therefore, animals, staff and visitors to the zoo will be comfortable even on those chillier days. This also means that zoos can create more revenue with ticket sales, due to the ability to keep visitors warm and comfortable all year round.
A Safe Choice