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We have again got some near infrared patio type heaters available, these are of good quality and durable design, ideal for those who are working outside in a workshop, garage or unheated garden room and need to keep their fingers warm in this very cold weather. Once fitted high on the wall the efficient heater is ready for whenever the weather turns chilly and is splash proof for leaving in the workshop all year round.

These near infrared heaters have a powerful 1400 watts that can really be felt through the cold air and have a simple bracket on the back for fixing to the wall which can be angled to suit; it can effectively radiate warmth across a good area for working in.

Multiheat have been asked for a more powerful heater by craftsmen working from unheated and poorly insulated workshops or sheds where our standard panels just would not be sufficient in this cold weather, these near infrared heaters provide a powerful and affordable solution and will certainly radiate plenty of warmth that can be felt on the face and hands to make work time more pleasurable. And now at a great price too! Only available from the special offers section of our website shop.

We already have our standard heating panels in some very special glorified sheds used for model making, a music studio and a rabbit hotel, I wonder where these outdoor heaters will go?

Our electrician will tell us that watts = volts x amps. This is important when we choose switches, timers or thermostats to control our Multiheat Infrared Panels.

It is easy to fall into the trap that are thermostats are created equal. This is not the case. At Multiheat we take care with this issue and only recommend thermostats that are capable of performing safely with our panels. It is an easy mistake to assume that the simple wall mounted thermostat often use to control central heating will work with our panels. These thermostats are generally only rated at about 1.5 amps so using the above formula and assuming mains voltage to be 230 volts these will only safely switch a load of 345 watts so would only safely work with our 250 watt panel.

What we need to do is add together all the wattages of the panels we wish to control from a single thermostat or timer and divide by 230 to give us the require current rating in amps.

Therefore 3 of our 850 watt panels connected together will equal 2550 watts, divided by 230 equals about 11 amps so we need to choose a thermostat with at least that rating.

Please get in touch if you need more details.

Positive effect of infrared heat on the body.

Customers like the feeling of warmth from their infrared heating panels, it has a positive effect, but why does infrared warmth feel good? I have been doing some research into why!

Our bodies are designed to absorb and use infrared energy.  We naturally receive the suns infrared energy and we generate infrared energy. Infrared rays penetrate deep into the skin promoting blood circulation, it is claimed by health experts that our bodies can control the use of infrared energy to where needed, the infrared energy helps in a variety of tasks, from simply moving warmth around our body, in tissue repair or moving unwanted toxins away in the blood. Infrared heat therapy is widely available from lamps, saunas and body wraps. Relaxation and pampering may also contribute towards the feel good factor but natural infrared warmth does feel good too. Domestic heating panels are only providing gentle warmth but do have a positive effect in making us feel comfortably warm.

Our bodies also generate infrared energy. Our bodies radiate warmth from a warm surface to a cooler one, you will notice this when receiving a loving warm hug, or the reason why a mother’s arms are the best place to keep a new born baby warm, or why a quick rub from warm hands can ease a twinge. Heat therapy has been used for centuries in Chinese healing hands and Reiki. Again, infrared warmth has a positive effect, it makes us feel good!

Infrared energy is measured in microns, the suns rays vary in wavelength but the infrared range is between 0.72 and 10 microns, infrared heating panels replicate this at about 8 microns, our bodies radiate warmth in the range of 5 to 10 microns, as can be seen on a thermal imaging camera. So, we like the feeling of infrared warmth simply because it is very natural to our body, we are designed to be able to use this form of heating.

Wind turbines are falling over!

I live very close to Bradworthy in North Devon where a wind turbine recently fell over!

In fact I used to be able to see it from my back garden!

You can find out more about the original story here on the BBC website!

I still stand by my earlier blog that North Devon (including Torridge) are in danger of allowing far too many of these turbines to be dotted around the countryside & therefore ruining the whole county/area.

Despite being a very rural part of the world it is very difficult to find a spot where the wind turbines are more than a kilometre away from a residential house, and the more that go up the more there is a statistical chance that something awful could go wrong.

This latest article from the BBC – here – tells us that wind turbines are safe despite two of them collapsing in the South West in the space of a week, a representative of the industry has insisted. We are told that incidents like this are rare, but as more and more turbines go up, the incidents will become more & more common – statistically!

Let’s be sensible and have fewer large ones, particularly ones that don’t fall over!

 

Looking for something to inspire my blog writing today, I came across this article on the BBC website – Energy efficiency’ Green Deal launched by government – and the bit that caught my eye was this excerpt:-

The costs

Consumers taking out Green Deal loans will have to repay them at a maximum rate of 6.92%, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Compared to a standard home loan rate, that is relatively high.

On top of the loan, householders will have to pay a £63 set-up charge, and a £20 a year annual fee.

On a loan of £5,000, the overall rate that is repayable is just under 8% over 10 years, or 7.7% over 25 years.

The government argues that such rates are comparable to the best High Street rates for long-term unsecured loans.

The amount that anyone can borrow will be capped at £10,000.

Later on in the article it said :- But he acknowledges that in some cases, the cost of the loan could be more expensive than the savings gained.

So, would you want to take the risk?

At least with solar PV systems the pay back is still around 8 years – that is when you invest in a PV system the money that you use to install is paid back with 8 years. If you can afford to install such a system you can get a better rate than leaving your money in the bank and it carries on for 25 years so you can make some reasonable money.

Not so with this deal, you may make money but you may not, you pay a high rate of interest (remember that the Bank of England rate is still 0.5% at the time of writing) and when you come to sell your house, what happens then – you sell the house with debt attached – not a good solution methinks – what do you think?

One good reason to buy from your local butcher or farm shop!

I was not surprised to hear on the news this week that horse meat has been found in beefburgers. Beef is expensive, horse meat is not.

Consumers demand cheap food, so the producer is forced to find ways to reduce costs. The supermarkets are in a price war to sell more value products. Those who buy value products must realise that it can’t possibly be top quality.

Horses are indiscriminately bred, both by breeders on the moors and in private homes, (no wild ponies are truly wild in the UK, they all belong to someone) they are then sold at market often for just a few pounds, many go for zoo meat and many more are illegally transported live to Europe for human consumption. Once in Europe the rules are very lapse on welfare and transportation and horse meat is quite commonplace.

Is it any wonder large producers get the meats mixed up and it comes back into the UK food chain?

So, the only way to ensure we buy good quality and traceable meat is to buy from a local butcher. In our small village we are lucky enough to have an excellent butcher and farm shop both of whom farm all of their meat on their own land here in North Devon. Cows, sheep and pigs roam freely around the fields, they live happy lives and when their time comes are transported only a few miles to the abattoir. Local butcher’s prices are similar to better quality supermarket products however the virtues are far superior.

I would much rather buy good quality flavoursome meat, knowing I am supporting my local business owners and community.

Langs Traditional Meats – North Devon

G.E Honey Butchers – North Devon

Can infrared heaters provide heat for hot yoga by themselves?

Well actually no!

The following is a basic specification on what may be required for hot yoga put together from information from a number of sources. We appreciate that no two existing buildings are ever the same and insulation levels are a crucial element  but this is a ‘broad’ idea:

Heat: Up to 35 degrees C, with an easy ability / control to adjust the temperature when needed. Typical ‘background’ heating should be capable of heating the room to 22 degrees C. The IR panels can then take this to the required 32-35 deg C . It is not appropriate to attempt to use IR panels alone to achieve this temperature.

Humidity: We understand that comparable studios in the US maintain humidity levels between 45% and 65%. We expect it to be possible to control the levels of humidity in the studio.

Air movement, fresh air in: It is important to ensure that occupants receive sufficient volumes of fresh air coming and that the air does not become stale – in other words, there needs to be plenty of fresh air and good air circulation within the studio. We understand that comparable studios use a variety of methods (fans, air ducts / pumps). The fresh air coming in needs to be warm air!

Infrared: We have found that about 150 watts per square metre is required instead of the ‘normal’ 50 watts as mentioned else on our website. Thus for a room of 24 m2 you would need about 3,600 watts which could be achieved with 6 of our  600 watt panels distributed evenly around the ceiling, Ideal ceiling height is in the range of 2.3 to 2.8 metres.

The above is based on achieving 32-35 deg C.

I hope the above is of interest but please let us know if you need further details.

Kevin

Testimonials – We love to hear from our customers that they are happy with their new purchase. Review of mirror infrared heating panel.

A gentleman ordered one of our new mirror panels when we first announced them, unfortunately we had to wait much longer than expected for their arrival into the UK, once the consignment arrived in our warehouse in December we shipped this one straight out.

We are glad to here the wait was worth it!

My panel has been up and running for nearly a week and I am very pleased with it. I will be giving it a good test and will be back in the new year for one of the glass panels to replace my last economy 7 heater which is now 20 years old and probably not that efficient.”

Becoming a reseller.

Over the last week we have had a number of phone calls from businesses asking about becoming a reseller of infrared heating panels. We can usually break these down into three categories, showrooms, electrical wholesalers and trade buyers.

Now we have quite a number of trade buyers, builders, electricians and heating engineers who regularly buy from us for different projects, a couple of wholesalers who will happily order in our stock for contractors but we would really like to hear from retail outlets.

Businesses that can display and use our products to heat their showroom are ideally suited to advise customers on the benefits and use of infrared heating in their homes. We have found our customers like the feeling of infrared warmth; it is very different from the hot air and stuffiness of traditional heating methods, and showrooms can allow customers to try before they buy!

Many of our trade buyers use a panel in their office or own home and are great fans of infrared heating, they are certainly continuing our commitment to customer service and we have had some very happy customers and excellent reports back. But they cant provide us with a showroom!

Central heating or room by room? Energy efficient heating.

Whether your home is a one bedroom flat or a large country house we can heat it with infrared heating panels. The principles are the same, we need to know the measurements of each room and the natural warmth of the home and some ideas of how you use your home, whether you are at home all day or out at work, that helps us advise you on the controlling of the heating and the best ways to zone areas for programming. Traditional central heating programmers have just one setting for the whole house but with infrared you can be far more flexible and energy efficient.

This week we have spoken to two customers with lovely well insulated and modern flats looking for an energy efficient heating system, for the first customer two large panels will be sufficient, one in the open plan kitchen/ living area and one in the bedroom simply run from timer switches on the plug sockets. Simple room by room heating.

But for the second customer, with a busy lifestyle and a flat with small corridors and a separate kitchen we suggested having smaller panels in each small room as this will ensure all round warmth. Dividing the flat into heating zones is far more energy efficient, for example, the bathroom and living room should be fitted to one programmer in a zone that needs to be kept warm for more hours of the day than say the bedrooms which can be fitted to a separate programmer, by fully utilising the thermostatic programmer we can provide gentle background warmth to one area without wasting energy on other areas that are not in use.

Our panels only use 350 watts, which is a very low amount of energy but more than sufficient to gently warm the small rooms of this flat and will provide comfortable warm much faster than by only having heating on in the living room and bedroom.

The running cost to heat the whole flat with infrared heating will be low as the total amount of electrical wattage used is low, and by using thermostatic programmers the energy savings will be even greater. Plus, there will be no cold draughts from unheated rooms!

So, central heating done room by room, the energy efficient way!