The best heating solution for vestibules

A clean, dry and safe environment

Infrared heating efficiently warms vestibules and store entrances to create a clean, dry and safe environment. This creates a much more pleasant and comfortable space for customers.

In addition to being a better experience for customers, an infrared-heated vestibule offers direct benefits for the retailer. It increases the lifespan of the vestibule floor, as well as that of the store, since it will be less subject to water and dirt, and reduces the number of hours of maintenance by an employee who can be assigned to other tasks.


Air curtain

Air curtains are effective for cutting off cold air in a vestibule, but they have several disadvantages compared to an infrared heating solution.

Disadvantage of air curtains :

  • Very noisy ;
  • Very strong ventilation ;
  • Does not dry the floor.

Since air curtains can’t dry the floor, they don’t offer a complete solution for a hallway. Even with air curtains, the floor will remain damp, dirty and slippery. These conditions create an environment that is more dangerous and less pleasant for customers.

Infrared heating solution

If air curtains designed specifically for vestibules fail to create a clean, dry, safe and comfortable environment, what’s the best solution? This is, of course, infrared heating, also known as radiant heating.

Infrared heating effectively warms the vestibules, providing a clean, dry and safe environment. All without noise, without wind and with a green energy source.

Here are two examples of electric infrared devices installed in a vestibule.

Vestibules de l’UQAM

3 appareils infrarouges électriques de la série MTM de Fostoria en utilisation dans l’un des vestibules de l’UQAM .

Les appareils de ce vestibule ainsi que les autres vestibules chauffés de ce bâtiment sont modulés grâce à nos panneaux de contrôle qui reçoit le signal directement du système de gestion de bâtiment.

Patrick Morin store entrance

3 Fostoria MTM series electric infrared devices in use in one of the entrances to a Patrick Morin store.

The appliances in this vestibule are modulated by our control panels, which receive signals from a thermostat.

How does infrared work in a vestibule?


For a full article on infrared, please refer to this article. As far as the vestibules are concerned, here are the most important things to remember about how infrared works.

Radiation and convection

The two most commonly used heating sources for a space like a vestibule are radiant heating and convection heating (either air curtain or unit heater). Air curtains with integrated heating use convection to heat the air in the vestibule. Infrared heating, on the other hand, transfers heat in the form of radiation, which directly heats surfaces including the floor.


By heating the floor directly, heat is stored in it, keeping the floor dry.

The rays are unaffected by air currents.


Since warm air tends to rise towards the ceiling, the heat from an air curtain can’t effectively heat the floor to maintain a dry environment.

What’s more, as soon as the door is opened, the warm air is lost to draughts.

Designing the best solution for every vestibule

To achieve the best vestibule heating results, Technirep makes sure to use the most appropriate reflector units to provide the exact coverage that will deliver a dry, clean, safe and energy-efficient vestibule.

In fact, our wide selection of devices allows us to choose from a range of vestibule-friendly appliances from 3.2 kW to 11.4 kW. These devices are available in 208 volts, 240 volts and 600 volts. However, the best way to design each project is to choose the angle of the reflector, which enables the rays to be perfectly targeted on the precise dimensions of the vestibule.

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Interior, exterior and de-icing

Thanks to heat transfer in the form of infrared radiation, electric radiant heating can be used indoors, outdoors and even for de-icing.

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