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Most homeowners with solar panels only use about half of the energy they produce, the rest goes off to the grid, however, there are now many new energy efficient electrical products and battery storage solutions coming onto the market whereby that electricity can be stored for use later in the evening when demand is higher. For those on a Generation Tariff that means more free energy but also reduces carbon emmissions and helps protect our environment, so we should look to see how we can use more of this solar generated electrical energy.
New technology in the field of electric heating brings us very energy efficient heaters which use very little power, these neat panel heaters can be left on all day and evening drawing low wattage to gently warm one room or the whole house depending on your solar array. Infrared heating panels can be easily retro fitted to a room to run alongside the current central heating system or as a stand alone heating solution.
The large wall mirror electric heater is very popular being attractive and functional!
Now that Spring is on its way, many of us will consider turning off the main central heating, however, some warmth to individual rooms is still necessary, even through the summer months too.
An affordable electric heater in the form of a mirror is a simple way to make your home more comfortable whilst using that self generated electricity.
A 600 watt infrared heating panel will warm a room up to 12 square meters as the primary heat source, that could be your kitchen/ living area or a home office. Infrared works very differently to traditional storage heaters or wall panels which simply warm the air, infrared energy from the panel heater warms people and surfaces directly, once these are gently warmed they give off heat to warm the air, the air stays warm for longer. By warming the thermal mass of the room a more cosy and comfortable feeling is created at lower air temperatures. Further energy savings can be made with the addition of a programmable room thermostat. Heating panels come in a variety of wattages to suit needs or spare capacity and vary in design from plain white to stunning coloured glass and mirrors.
Now that the days are getting longer and solar generated electricity is increasing, solar panel owners should be aware of the new technology coming onto the market which harnesses this power for their own use rather than sending it back to the grid. An effective gentle electric heater combined with a battery pack can provide warmth to one room throughout the day and evening and are cost effective to retro install. An electric heater requires no maintenance or servicing and can be a valuable resource when the main central heating fails or is costing too much to run.
Well, if you have turned the central heating off, but are feeling cold on those odd rainy days you need a plug in energy efficient small electric heater, lightweight to move from room to room, and slim for storing away. But best of all, our little heater uses infrared technology, just like the gentle warmth we feel from the sun! Warmth that soaks into your body.
A 300 watt small panel heater costs a few pence per hour to run. Unlike those little fan heaters or electric fires which use something like 2000 watts!
Now on Special offer! 300 watt panel heater with feet RRP £220 now just £165 Visit our website shop for more information
The North Devon Show – A great day out!
Yesterday Multiheat had a trade stand at The North Devon Show, we exhibited a range of our infrared heating panels and talked to lots of different people about the new technology set to revolutionise the way we think about heating our homes.
Here in rural North Devon many homes are restricted to electric heating, there is no mains gas to the villages and not every home has the outdoor space to fit an oil tank or air source heat pump, plus those methods can prove very costly to install! We explained how even new storage heaters are wasteful of energy and not particularly user friendly. Infrared heating panels are very easy to install and the wiring and choice of programming can be entirely up to you, from a simple plug and switch to fully wired up central heating programmers, it up to you!
As always we spoke to people who had very differing heating needs – we now have a range of infrared heater designs to meet all those situations, from cold churches, rented flats, old houses, large schools, little barn conversions, garden rooms and shepherds huts.
And if you visit Exmoor Zoo the monkeys use our infrared heating panels in their indoor enclosure! We had a chat with the keepers at the Zoo bugs and beasts stand at The North Devon Show and they said the monkeys were very happy last winter!
New plug and go infrared panel heater. £254.99
A simple idea for bringing cheap to run warmth to a room without the hassle and noise of cheap fan heaters or bulky electric heaters.
60cm x 60cm white panel with aluminium feet, a long 3 metre cable, and easy to operate thermostatic programmer.
Now that the weather is warming up and you don’t really need the full central heating on, this neat heating panel can be plugged into the living room, bedroom or office just to provide a little extra warmth. Feel that gentle infrared warmth on your body – similar to sitting in the sun, now inside your home!
The thermostatic programmer can be set to come on and off as your day suits, no need to worry about leaving the heater on and wasting electricity. The thermostat will turn the heating off once the desired room temperature is achieved.
Slimline design for easy storage when you no longer need the heater.
Available from stock with a 4 to 7 day delivery time.
Did you know that electric heaters are not currently tested on the EU energy efficiency ratings reports for domestic electrical equipment?
The EU regulations currently state that only the following appliances need to be tested
- Washing machines, washer-dryers and tumble dryers
- Fridges, freezers and fridge freezers
- Electric ovens
- Energy-saving light bulbs
- Air conditioners
You will have seen the rating system of A to D with many manufacturers improving the efficiency of their products and gaining A* ratings which is brilliant for energy conscious home owners wanting to lower their fuel bills.
It is very difficult to compare electric heaters because they have very different attributes for different purposes and situations and so one set EU test would not show the true benefits of each type of product.
Small fan heaters are excellent for instant short term warmth, they use a lot of electrical power to blow hot air into a space. But for all day warmth they would be hugely expensive and wasteful as the warm air is constantly cooled by the cold surroundings.
Storage heaters are excellent for those at home requiring gentle constant warmth, but as they consume cheaper night time electricity to really get the benefit, all other electrical items should be set to run in the night too, this is not always practical. To top up warmth when the stored heat has gone uses the more expensive day time rates and at a high consumption level too.
Halogen portable heaters and wall mounted convector heaters are a cheap and easy solution but they are unsightly and have a short lifespan. They generally are quite high wattage and therefore consume higher levels of electricity.
Infrared heating panels can be installed to give timed and temperature controlled heating to one room or the whole house, allowing you flexibility and control over the energy use. The energy consumption per heater is very low and reduces lower once the room is warm. Infrared warms people and objects so once they are generating warmth the heater does not have to work so hard and its energy consumption drops. Infrared heaters can work for instant warmth or all day comfort at an energy efficient rate.
Multiheat donate to charity.
From every sale of a heating panel or programmer Multiheat give a donation to a charity working to support families around the world, by simply providing a fruit tree and the tools to tend it, our donation will feed the family an important healthy and nutritious part of their diet, any surplus can be sold to provide an income and improve the families chances in a difficult world. For young children these are vital nutrients to aide growth and development.
We also assist with building school gardens and education about the environment we live in and how to carefully maintain it.
In November we gave 115 fruit trees to poor families across the world.
Multiheat – Why choose us?
When buying something off the internet how do you know you will receive just what you are expecting and receive good follow up service should anything be amiss? Multiheat have built a reputation for good customer service and honest practical advice over the past seven years.
Firstly, our website gives as much information as possible for customers to read about infrared heating, we want you to fully understand how infrared differs from traditional heating so that you can make it work most effectively and efficiently in your situation.
Secondly, we rarely sell an item without fully discussing the client’s needs and expectations, this might involve looking at architects drawings or photographs of the building and rooms, so that we are sure you will be happy with the warmth supplied by the heating panels. We are able to offer the support by drawing on our experience of heating very different situations, from modern homes to old buildings, massage rooms to music retreats. We try to give practical advice too, we have come up with ideas for more decorative ceiling features in a function room, along with programming ideas for specialist situations like musical instrument rooms. We aim to work with you and come up with a heating solution that suits your needs and pocket.
Thirdly, we are always happy to deal with any of your concerns after purchasing the heater, whether that is a simple conversation with your electrician at the time of install, a programming query, or a warranty claim, we will always deal with your concerns promptly.
Multiheat – Why choose us? For good customer service and honest practical advice , working with you to achieve your personal heating solution that suits you.
Heather and Kevin
Infrared for healthy warmth in a fitness studio
Infrared is a very gentle and natural form of heating, just like sitting in the sunshine, infrared rays penetrate our skin creating a comfortable direct warming sensation, in a fitness studio this is far more pleasant than the stuffy and stale environment often encountered with hot air heating. Infrared warms the walls, floor and furnishings which in turn warms the air, when you are surrounded by warm objects you feel warm yourself, the air does not need to be as warm as one might expect because the very building feels warm.
Infrared wavelengths penetrate the skin causing molecules within the surface layers of the skin to vibrate, this invigorates cells creating heat and movement of blood around the body and overall improves metabolism. In the intense infrared heat of a hot yoga session the blood circulation increases with the heart rate, diverting warmth to the extremities in a bid to cool the body, and with no increase in blood pressure, this vasodilatation allows the body to flex and stretch deeper.
The stimulation of blood within all the smaller vessels also brings oxygen to help aide tissue repair, especially useful in sprains and for muscle pain relief, reducing the bodies’ recovery time from injury. In this way infrared warmth also relaxes muscles in preparation for massage where deeper work is needed.
The quicker metabolism also means the body will sweat, releasing toxins and waste materials from the skin. It also brings nutrients to the skin, giving that healthy glow after exercise!
One infrared heating panel in your home will not have all the health benefits described above, but it certainly will not do you any harm! Infrared is a very healthy and beneficial form of heating, much healthier than blowing hot air, dust and germs around your home!
World Green Building Week. From 16 to 20 September 2013
Green Building Councils in 98 countries representing more than 25,000 organisations will host events, run campaigns and celebrate World Green Building Week under the theme: ‘Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People’. Read more here.
Many of us consider “green” in terms of the environmental impact, energy efficiency and carbon emissions of a building, but this week will also consider the people using the building too, whether that is a home or workplace.
The Metro newspaper states. More productive employees, quicker patient recovery rates and higher attendance rates in schools are just some of the benefits linked to developments built using healthy construction materials which offer more orientation for daylight and greater natural ventilation. A study published at the end of last year, carried out by the University of Salford and architects Nightingale Associates, showed the classroom environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25 per cent.
Here in the Multiheat office we know this is so true. Working in an office now using infrared heating panels we are fully aware of the difference between the hot stuffy air created by convection heating and the pleasant feel of infrared. Our office is in a large converted barn and the heaters are directed above our desks, it would not be cost effective to try and heat the whole space, however by using infrared energy the warmth can be felt directly on the body even when the air temperature is often lower than one would traditionally like, even with the outside door opening and closing all day or a window open the heat is not lost because infrared warms people and objects rather than the air itself.
The benefits of infrared for healthier people are
- No hot, dry stuffy air
- No creation of dust from fans or blowers
- No movement of air, dust or germs
- Heating can be targeted to where people sit
- Warmth can be felt directly on the body
- Infrared warmth promotes good blood circulation
- The feeling of warmth even with lower air temperatures
Many of our customers comment that they “like the feel” of infrared heating and the “pleasant background warmth” it creates. If you already have infrared heating in your home or office let us know if you think, does it create more pleasant warmth than traditional heating? We believe it does.