Infrared heating panels do not have any controls fitted. You will control your heating via an independent thermostatic programmer. Adding a programmer gives you greater control of your energy use. Infrared heating is very different to warm air heating and it is important you use it differently too, by playing around and finding what works best for you will enable the new heating system to be most effective and energy efficient. Switching infrared heaters on and off via a separate wall switch is great to add flexibility used in conjunction with the thermostat.
To give off infrared the front surface must become very hot, when first switched on it takes just a few minutes to reach this optimum temperature and on switching off it takes a little while to cool down, during these times the panel is only giving off convection of warm air – just like a radiator might, it is only when it is really hot that it gives off infrared. Infrared warms the walls, floor and furnishings, these then give off warmth and create that cosy all round feeling, so you want your heaters to stay “on” as much as possible.
We try to calculate the size of heating panel you require for your individual needs hoping the panel will stay “on” rather than over calculating which will mean the panel will switch itself “off” regularly because it has reached room temperature, this is not very effective or efficient. However, in most cases there is an easy solution. Your electrician will have fitted a switch on the wall for each individual heater, just the same as you have a switch for your extractor fan outside the bathroom door, in Spring and Autumn or on a milder day you can switch one heater off to make the other work harder and thus stay “on”.
For example. A large open plan living/ dining/ kitchen area with four heaters.
In winter with a starting temperature of 12 degrees all four heaters are required to keep the room at 19 degrees.
In Spring with a starting temperature of 15 degrees and some weak sunshine the thermostat soon reaches 19 degrees and will switch the heaters off. The thermostat will then continue to turn the heaters on and off to maintain an air temperature of 19 degrees. However, if you are sat quietly at home you may want the comfort of having a heater” on”, all our customers will say they love the feel of infrared as it is like sitting in gentle sunshine, so by physically switching one or two heaters “off” and just leaving the heaters above the seating area on, you will ensure they do all the hard work of maintaining 19 degrees and will remain “on”.
If you have a number of bedrooms all connected together onto one thermostat then it is also possible to switch the spare bedroom off whilst still controlling the main bedrooms.
Switching infrared heaters on and off can help you lower your energy use whilst being sure those heaters you enjoy sitting under are “on”.
In extremely cold weather it is not possible to turn the heaters up! You must extend the times they are “on” so that the fabric of the room becomes warmed and the room feels cosy, keeping a room gently warmed is better than allowing it to become cold and hoping to get it feeling warm again. Cold walls make us perceive a feeling of coldness regardless of the actual air temperature. In very cold countries they maintain a set temperature 24 hours a day as once warmed it is easy for the heating system to just maintain this, provided the building is well insulated of course!
Is your central heating under control?
The Myths and Truths of central heating
Many people in the past have just set their central heating controls to 21 degrees for roughly the time when they are in the house and leave it set the same all Autumn, Winter and into Spring, however, with the recent big push to make us all more energy aware there are lots of things we can do differently to save ourselves energy and fuel costs.
Do not whack the thermostat dial round to 30 and expect the room to heat up any quicker!
Your radiators (no matter what form of central heating you use) have a set ability to heat up, they run at a predetermined temperature, by whacking the thermostat dial around the radiators can not double their output, they do not normally run at half measures just in case you decide that one snowy day you want double the amount of heating, they can not suddenly increase in power.
The purpose of the thermostat dial is to switch the heating off when the room reaches the set temperature. So by increasing the setting on the thermostat you run the risk of wasting energy by having the house unbearably hot.
Does your thermostat give a true reading?
Sometimes thermostats are positioned in odd places which means their reading is not a true representation of the temperature in the whole room. If the thermostat is placed on a cold exterior wall it will always be chilled and give a cold reading, or if a thermostat is in bright sunshine near a window it will give a high reading. Thermostats fixed onto the heater can only give a reading of the air around the heater.
Play around with altering the settings on your thermostat and find what feels comfortable, rather than being fixated with “it must be 21 degrees”. By lowering the temperature by just one degree makes a huge difference on your energy bill.
If you want the room to heat up quicker then change the programmer so it comes on earlier!
In the recent cold snap, your rooms may have become colder overnight, so when you wake up the house still feels chilly -so change the programmer.
Only heat the house when it is occupied
Noooo! Only heat the house fully when it is occupied, in very cold weather it is better to leave some background warmth in an empty home, leave the central heating on but turn the thermostat down to maybe 16 degrees, just so the temperature does not drop too low. When walls become very cold they take a long time to warm back up, so it makes your room feel chilly. Thermal imaging here shows good insulation in the loft but the walls are warm from a lack of insulation and heat loss from the warmed house.
A cold house is not good for your health or well being.
Allowing walls to become cold then subjecting them to warm air creates condensation which leads to black mould. The NHS sees a large increase in patient numbers due to cold/poor living conditions in the winter months, ailments attributed to changes of air quality, extreme heat and stuffyness in one room to cold and damp in other rooms. Condensation and black mould agravate bronchial conditions. A very cold house affects our mental state and out look on life.
Yes you can change the programmer on an old heating system
Whilst it may not be feasible to rip out your old heating system and replace it with something more energy efficient, you should at least be able to renew the thermostatic programmer. Modern thermostatic programmers are highly accurate and flexible, so you have much better control of your heating and energy use. Ask your local central heating engineer to take a look.
If you know someone who is struggling to heat their home and keep comfortable over the winter then please get in touch the LEAP Project, their friendly staff actively help to bring about changes in a persons circumstances to make life better, that might be changing light bulbs to new LEDs, adding some insulation, or by changing gas and electric tarrifs over, funding or loans are available to get new heaters installed. They are there to really support someone who is struggling, and make a difference to their winter misery.
Infrared heating comes in different forms for different situations, some only warm people whereas others warm the air too. It is important to choose the right type of heater for your situation.
Outdoor infrared heaters. Many people have experienced infrared heating in the form of the orange glow heaters outside the cafe or pub, these give off infrared wavelengths from the end of the spectrum closest to red light, remember infrared is invisible light beyond the light spectrum, this form of infrared warms people directly and is fantastic in an outdoors situation because it has no effect on the air, all energy is used to heat people. It is also great for churches and industrial units where the air is never going to get warm and it would be wasteful of energy to even try! These heaters give an instant and very powerful feeling of warmth, great for a quick warm up, however they are not suitable for sitting under all day long as the feeling on the body is just too intense. The ceramic plate of these heaters reaches around 700 degrees C to be able to give off the optimum wavelength of near infrared.
High output infrared heaters are slightly different, the wavelength is further away from red light so there is no light glare, they look the same whether switched on or off, the surface temperature is around 300 degrees C to give off a powerful yet more comfortable feeling of infrared which warms people and objects. These heaters are great in places where it is possible to heat the air, but they are not very well insulated to retain the warmed air, powerful warmth is still needed on the people to compensate for the fact the room loses warmth quickly. These heaters take a few minutes to warm up, the feeling of warmth on the body is really nice, powerful to cut through chilly air, but comfortable enough to sit under all day long, they do warm objects around the room which makes the surroundings less cold and more bearable. Ideal for the office in an industrial unit, a workshop or garage, an old building with really high ceilings and original single glazed windows. These heaters are available in 1000 watts up to 3600 watts, the higher wattage is suitable for ceilings up to 5 meters high.
Infrared heating panels have a lower surface temperature, around 90 degrees C -which is still hot to the touch, the feeling of warmth is very gentle, in fact it may take you a minute to register the heater is on! However, this very gentle infrared wavelength warms people and objects comfortably, you do not notice where the heat is coming from in the room, but that the whole room feels nice and cosy. Infrared energy is absorbed by every object, walls, floor, furnishings, all increase in surface temperature, just very slightly, but sufficient to make the whole room feel warm around you, as the air passes around it absorbs warmth from these objects, making the whole room an even temperature. No hot point, no hot air rising with a hot ceiling area and cold floor, no circulation or draw of cold air across the floor or blow of hot air from the radiator. When the heating is on for a few hours, just like central heating, it warms the air too, so you can set a room thermostat and controls for the heating to come on and off as you wish. Many customers say they are happy with the thermostat set to 19 degrees because the surfaces around them are warm and therefore the room feels cosy. When we are surrounded by cold surfaces we feel cold, we shiver and give off body heat, but when our surroundings are warm we equalise ourselves and feel comfortable.
Radiant panels which do not specify a surface temperature or wavelength of infrared may combine infrared with convection of warmed air. Running at around 40 degrees C is much safer to the touch if the heater must be wall mounted low down like a traditional radiator. However, the ability to increase surface temperatures is reduced and the feeling of infrared on the body is minimal, but they are very effective and much cheaper to run than an old style electric heater!
Christmas opening hours 2017 for infrared heaters.
The office will close on Friday 22nd December at midday and not reopen until Wednesday 3rd January 2018.
We wish all our customers and stockist a very happy and peaceful Christmas holidays.
During this time emails will be monitored and anything urgent will be acted upon.
We keep some heating panels in stock for next day delivery however during December the courier companies are very busy, and next day can not be guaranteed. We would rather not send items out after the 18th of December and over the holiday period, but if we do, then we will try and keep in touch as to when your items will be delivered.
There are no deliveries in from the European manufacturers between now and early January. Our deliveries come via containers on lorries which can be delayed at ferry ports and docks due to the bad weather and backlog from the Bank Holidays!
Sometimes we have some very cold weather and our central heating just can’t get the room warm enough! Top up electric heating in a cold room is often the answer, something you can just switch on and off as need be, but something that does not take up space, leave cables across the floor or need storing when not in use!
Our picture heaters are the answer.
A picture which is also a heater! These panels are made and printed in the UK so the quality is excellent.
In either 320 or 640 watts depending on how much additional warmth you need. The running costs of the smaller heater are about 5 pence per hour which is very cheap to run, we suggest you leave it on for a few hours at a time so that it creates a gentle background warmth. Fan heaters or oil filled radiators are often 1500 watts so although the heat is instant they are very expensive to run for any length of time.
Choose your own image to have printed onto the heater. This must be of very good quality to blow up to a large size, photographers are often happy to sell a JPEG image rather than the printed version, so the picture could be a family portrait or local scene.
320 watts available in 60cm x 60cm size or 30cm x 120cm size. As the only heater, this will warm a room of up to 6 square meters, a box room or study size for example. £325 including vat and delivery
However as top up electric heating in a chilly but centrally heated room, the size heater you choose will very much depend on how cold or how big the room is!
These panel heaters are just 2.5cm deep from the wall to the front of the heater, they are very similar to a modern canvas style picture in depth. The cable should be pushed into the plaster work of the wall so it is hidden. Then the heater will sit nice and neat close to the wall. The heater can then be plugged in, fitted with a timer switch or wired to a thermostatic programmer what ever suits your needs.
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Infrared heating is nothing new, the principle has been used for many centuries, infrared energy from the sun warms surfaces, like stone walls or the sand on the ground, these surfaces absorb infrared energy and heat up, the warm surface then radiates heat back, creating a warmed thermal mass (or very large radiator!) A sunny hot wall is perfect for growing fruit across because the stonework absorbs infrared and remains warm long after the sun has gone in. Similarly, the sand on the beach absorbs infrared to become quite hot, as the waves gently lap up the water becomes warmed, so the sea is warmer in the shallows.
We have all felt infrared energy ourselves. If we stand in the sun, even on a cold day, we can feel this infrared warmth pleasantly on us, but if half our body is in the shade that part does not receive any infrared and feels cold, the air is not any colder but we are not experiencing infrared energy on that half of our body.
So, we know we feel comfortable and cosy when sat next to warm objects, whether in front of the stone wall or on the beach (surrounded by our large radiator) and the feeling of direct infrared warmth on our body feels pleasant and comfortable, so why not recreate this principle to heat our homes?
Years ago, open fires, log burners or agas worked using a similar principle, that a very hot surface gives off infrared heat which warms stone walls, clay tiles and cast iron, these surfaces hold the warmth and radiate it back long after the fire has died down, by keeping the fire going regularly the building remained warm and cosy being heated from this large thermal mass.
Our modern lifestyles require a heating system which is far more controllable, maintenance free, clean and easy to use, with just the same principle of infrared.
Electric infrared heating comes from a simple unit on the wall which becomes very hot, this could be a mirror or picture or just a slim white panel, there are no moving parts, no fans or noise. However, the heater must reach a very specific hot temperature across the large surface area to give off an optimum wavelength of far infrared which is comfortable to people yet has good qualities for heating objects and the air too. We have all experienced near infrared, which glows orange, this is excellent for fiercely heating people in a cold outdoor environment, but is the wrong wavelength for heating the home.
The electric panel works using the same principle as sunshine, infrared rays from the panel shine across the room, warming the surfaces they touch, creating a warmed thermal mass or large radiator. The rise in temperature of the walls, floor and furnishings is only a few degrees but sufficient to make the room feel comfortable and cosy. The air will become evenly warmed too, there is no convection or rise of hot air and fall of cold air because heat is being radiated from everywhere not one single point. The heater can be placed on the ceiling allowing it to shine across the room, it is giving off infrared energy, not hot air, so high on the ceiling is the best place.
To heat the surface of the panel requires very little energy, and once the room is warm the heater only needs to maintain that surface temperature, unlike traditional radiators which are constantly reheating cold fallen air, infrared heating is energy efficient because it is not focused on heating air but only maintaining surface temperature, the heated objects warm the air!
Electric storage heaters and gas central heating were created in a time when energy was plentiful and cheap, it did not need to be energy efficient. They both work on the principle of blowing hot air into the room. Air is not a good insulator, it draws warmth or cold from objects, so if we are warm but our surroundings are cold then our body will lose heat and our surroundings will chill the air, ultimately cooling us, so the air needs to be hot and constantly reheated to compensate for this, which of course requires more and more energy.
Infrared heating feels nice on the body, just like gentle sunshine warming us directly. Our body is naturally designed to absorb and emit infrared energy so this form of home heating feels very comfortable and healthy, it works with us, allowing the body to equalise itself with the surroundings, most people feel comfortable at 19 degrees C rather than the 21 degrees required when heating the air only.
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Is infrared heating any good?
Many of us living rurally are restricted to electric heating. Traditionally this has meant large bulky storage heaters, tatty metal wall panels and massive running costs, however over the past ten years infrared heating has come onto the market in the UK and has really taken off, it has been widely used in Europe for many years in public buildings, offices, schools and hospitals as electricity is cheaper, and is also compatible with renewable sources increasing green credentials for a building. So, is infrared heating any good? It works in a very different manner to convection heating and understanding how it works is key. Many customers who buy infrared become hooked because they like the “feel”! The air becomes warm and the room is comfortable but you do not get the dry stuffy air, blown dust or condensation that convection heaters create.
Infrared heaters provide excellent thermal comfort
Infrared energy is the warmth we feel from the sun, the warmth that soaks into our bodies, it also warms objects like stone walls and sandy beaches, these objects stay warm and radiate heat long after the sun has gone down. This principle has been developed working along exactly the same idea, if we can very gently raise the surface temperature of the objects within the room they will then radiate warmth back and keep the air warm for longer.
Creating this warmed thermal mass is key to infrared heating. Upon first using infrared heaters in a building which has been allowed to get really cold and damp, it may take a couple of days to actually warm the walls and floor and to build that thermal mass, but after that a few hours every morning and evening is sufficient. Old cottages which are made of cob and stone were designed to have a fire going which again would have radiated heat to build a warm thermal mass, so an infrared heating panel left on all the time will replicate this. Infrared also works effectively in modern well insulated buildings as they hold that warmth.
Infrared heating produces that all round cosy feeling you might get from having the aga or log burner on all winter. The air temperature might not be particularly hot but people “feel” comfortable because the whole room is radiating warmth, and that warmth lasts.
Infrared heating panels are not suitable for just switching on for half an hour here and there, it will not have chance to create the warmed thermal mass which is what makes infrared home heating so energy efficient. They take time to warm the air, unlike a fan heater which instantly blows hot air although it will not stay hot for very long and is therefore not energy efficient.
Heating that is affordable to run.
Many electric heaters use 2000 or 3000 watts because they warm air and blow it into the room, this is an endless cycle. However, infrared heating works very differently, by only having to heat its own surface and maintain that high surface temperature the panel uses far less energy, heaters range from 300 watts for a small bathroom to 800 watts for a bedroom. However, once the thermal mass of a room is warmed the room feels comfortable.
Heating that is easy to install.
Electric heating is very easy to install either at the time of rewiring or retro fitting. Ideally, to be most energy efficient, each room should have a thermostatic programmer, there are a choice of controllers available from the simple digital read out to wifi enabled smart controls, all to suit your individual needs.
Heaters that are creative in design
Gone are the days of ugly storage heaters. Infrared panels can be positioned on the ceiling to be very discrete, or used as a creative design element of the room, mirrors, large white glass panels and even pictures in a frame or canvas style are all available!
So, is infrared heating any good? Yes, it is brilliant, as long as, like anything, you understand how it works and use it correctly. A heating panel on the wall down behind the sofa will not heat the room, convection heating would be OK but not infrared heating, and similarly, an infrared panel switched on for half an hour whilst you are in the bathroom each morning will just not heat the room, it needs time beforehand to warm the thermal mass then hopefully you will have a dryer bathroom and less condensation and black mould, if you had a mirror infrared heater then this would be mist free, which is brilliant!
Have you looked in our shop recently? We are adding new ranges of white heating panel ready for Autumn 2017
Cassette panels are made from durable steel with a matt white powder coated finish. Specifically designed for suspended ceilings in 60 x 60 and 60 x 120cm sizes. This panel has a hotter surface temperature and textured finish which increases the surface area by 2.5 times to make this design really effective even from ceilings as high as 4 meters.
Universal panels are made from tough stove enamelled steel for a robust finish. Specifically designed for wall mounting in busy offices, workplaces and homes, the surface is wipeable and easy to keep clean. Also suitable for ceiling mounting. This panel is also available in extra small sizes for tiny bathrooms, or under the office desk, church pew or even in a dog kennel, just to provide some targeted warmth in a larger place. This panel also has slightly textured finish for great effectiveness.
Eco panels are a modern design with a smooth white surface and aluminium frame, made from powder coated steel for strength with an attractive surface. Made in the Ukraine. An excellent quality product with a much nicer finish than some on the market.
New to our range of infrared heaters is a very large mirror. The new large mirror glass electric heater measures a stunning 60 x 120cm which will make a real feature in the bathroom, or bedroom, living room or even an office! At 600 watts it will heat a room of up to 12 square meters.
Our new range of infrared heaters have a warm surface temperature rather than a hot surface which is more suitable for family homes with smaller children who may not recognise the dangers of touching a hot surface. These new heaters combine infrared with some convection of warmed air to quickly create a warm and comfortable environment.
Our infrared heaters are made from bright clear 6mm mirrored toughened safety glass set on a metal backing box for durability. The mounting bracket is screw fixed to the wall and the mirror hangs from this which means it is easy to mount and far less fiddly than other manufacturers designs!
A mirror can be functional and practical, leaving your lower wall space free for furniture, and your heating solution discretely hidden!
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.