The Cool New World of Hot Yoga Studios!
Radiant heat is the best as it heats the objects (including the people) in the room and they re-radiate the heat to heat the air. An air based system is costly to install and operate. Whenever you have moving air this helps to evaporate perspiration off of skin, causing the body to feel cooler.
This is counterproductive for hot yoga practices. Because the bodies are getting heated and not the air, the air temperature can be a little bit cooler which is also less oppressive to breathe, especially if you are having a humid environment.
If you heat by air, you will have hot, dark humid heating ducts which is a perfect place for bacteria to grow. You will still have to change the air in the space for health reasons, but we recommend you do it between classes.
They are a higher wattage heater made of sheet metal and finished with a white powder coat paint and are the product of choice for hot yoga studios because they respond faster than other floor or ceiling heat.
They are 30 pounds each and can be suspended from their chain clips, placed in a 2’x4′ T-bar ceiling or surface mounted to a finished ceiling with our surface frames.
If this is your first hot yoga studio, you need to know that insulation is absolutely critical. Even if your space is in the middle of the building with no exterior walls, floors or ceilings, you still need to insulate all of these surfaces and seal all doors and windows as if they are exterior.
The reason for this is radiant heat is extremely good at finding the cold spots. Since your studio will most likely be at least 30 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than adjoining areas like reception, this creates a 30 degree temperature differential for all adjoining surfaces. This means the heat will try to leave the studio and heat through the walls and floors to the other areas.