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.
Hot yoga using infrared heating panels.
Over the past few years we have supplied infrared heating panels to a number of fitness studios wanting to create a “hot” room. Yoga is performed in a room of about 36 – 42 degrees C. Due to the popularity we are finding a number of those original studios coming back to us for more heaters to be able to convert another studio ready for hot classes. If you are in London look up Yoga Centric or Triyoga, Soho. Bristol’s newest Hot yoga studio is Pacific Yoga near the city centre which also offers a lovely relaxing café too.
The reason for doing hot yoga using infrared heating is the warmth from the infrared panels feels just like warm sunshine on your body, soaking into the skin and promoting blood circulation. So, firstly you get the feel good factor of lovely warmth on the body rather than in the air alone. The movement of blood around the body helps to carry oxygen which then aides with deeper stretching and helps prevent tissue damage. The extreme heat also makes you sweat which releases toxins from the body. For the clients, the use of infrared heaters over warm blown heating is marvellous, as the air conditions are far more pleasant to breathe and the class becomes a more pleasurable experience and not a sufferance!
To get a room suitable for hot yoga using infrared heating requires an amount of planning, the ceiling must be around 2.5meters high to increase the infrared heating intensity, the room must be very well insulated to hold the warmth and an air ventilation unit is required, to extract stale air and bring in warm fresh air. The humidity also needs to be regulated to extract all that hot sweatiness and keep the room fresh. Surfaces need to be washable to keep the room hygienically clean. Fresh air is vitally important for those doing exercise! Most studios maintain the hot temperature all day for all their classes, so these might be yoga, or dance, pilates, spin.
When the weather is freezing cold outside, the dilemma facing many households is where do I set the thermostat to? Is 20 OK for every situation or do some homes feel the cold more than others? What can I do to feel more comfortable? The key is the thermal comfort of the building
We all know that by lowering the thermostat we save energy and therefore reduce our winter fuel bills. But how do we alter our thermal comfort?
What is thermal comfort? Well, if we sit next to cold objects we feel chilly and if we sit next to warm things we feel more comfortable. The lovely solid stone walls of an old house feel cold to the touch and the rooms are often cold, but if we can warm the stone up by a real fire then the room seems to stay warm and cosy, stone holds warmth and radiates it back for a long time afterwards. (imagine, sitting outside next to a warm stone wall in the sunshine even on a winters day we feel comfortable because of the radiating effect of warmth from the objects around us.) That is thermal comfort. A large window of cold glass makes us feel chilly but if we draw heavy curtains across we feel much better and more comfortable. Test your glass by putting your hand on it, older glass will be freezing cold but new double glazing is remarkably not that cold, so new windows can really make a difference to the thermal comfort of the room.
So, if we look at the thermal comfort of our own homes we can judge whether 20 degrees will feel ok or regardless of the air temperature our house will feel chilly, and if our house is chilly then we need to find ways of surrounding ourselves with warm objects rather than cold ones! To increase the thermal comfort, we can block up draughts, close the curtains, or even add internal wall insulation, however, another simple solution is to add infrared heating panels to those rooms which are particularly cold. Working along the same principles as the sun warming the earth to heat the air, the panel becomes hot and emits infrared, an invisible form of light wavelength, which warms people and objects directly, and thus warms your surroundings and creates better thermal comfort. Infrared heaters look neat and are unobtrusive simple white panels, they can be fitted to the wall or ceiling by four screws and just plug in or can be fitted to thermostatic programmers.
Infrared panels can be fitted alongside your current heating system to boost a room which still doesn’t feel comfortable at 20 degrees, or it can be used as the only heating source. Plus, when you experience that lovely infrared feeling of warmth directly on the body, you do not worry about the air being any set temperature, so to get the maximum benefit of infrared heating you should position the panel close to where you sit, so you get the feel of warmth directly on your body and it will very gently warm the objects around you, so you feel cosy and in great thermal comfort.
Introducing the Cosy Curve our plug in portable infrared heater.
Rated at just 300 watts the Cosy Curve gives off an incredible amount of warmth to your legs and body, warming you directly, creating a lovely feeling of warmth, especially good for those who suffer from cold feet when sitting for long periods. This heater is very cheap to run, costing just a few pence per hour.
Many fan heaters and cheap electric heaters consume huge amounts of electricity and are very expensive to run as they are rated at 2000 watts! These types of heater use electricity to warm air which is then cooled by cold objects in the room and is drawn back into the heater to be rewarmed again. These heaters often make the room feel dry and stuffy.
The Cosy Curve – plug in portable infrared heater is suitable for topping up the warmth in a room or specific area within a room. This heater is very effective at warming people close by and will also help warm the air, as a stand alone heater it will warm a room of about 5 square meters, box room or study, and can also be used to top up warmth in a larger room.
A modern and bright image set behind glass and in a chunky anodised aluminium frame.
See all six designs in the shop
300 watts for gentle warmth in a small room, or as additional warmth in a larger room to supplement the existing heaters.
60 x 60cm square and sitting just 4cm in total from the wall.
Picture panel heaters – using far infrared heating technology
Ideal for the home office when warmth is required to one room and not the rest of the house. A picture heater does not take up valuable floor or wall space when required for shelving and furniture. Energy efficient to reduce your heating bills.
Perfect in the living kitchen above the seating for gentle warmth when relaxing. Infrared feels like gentle sunshine to directly warm the body.
Our heaters come with a bare flex for your electrician to hard wire to a wireless programmable thermostat or switch. The cable can be chased in to the wall for a cable free look.
Ask us for a quote for having your own picture printed behind the glass.
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!
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Well today the sun is shining and it really feels quite warm in the sun, despite the frost this morning! and so many of us want to make the most of it, whether that is sitting outside the local cafe just for coffee or an impromptu lunch with friends. Despite the cold, an outdoors infrared heater makes this possible!
Businesses can expand their seating area and times the outdoors area can be used by adding a good umbrella and some far infrared heating, a small cost for the added income potential. Infrared heaters provide comfortable warmth from a small amount of energy, in fact the energy could be generated by your solar panels!
More and more of us are enjoying the outdoors, from sitting with a coffee watching the world go by outside a cafe, to eating a meal outside a restaurant or in a tranquil pub garden. These are now possible all year round thanks to infrared heating.
Elegant heaters are slim and unobtrusive, they provide plenty of comfortable warmth without being overpowering. Heaters can be operated by a simple timer switch and are cheap to run.
A black terrace heater using 1000 watts costing £220 will heat a table of four people in a protected undercover area. Running costs are one unit of electricity per hour so around 15p depending on your tariff . The return on investment will be fairly fast as customers enjoy the warmth whilst sitting outdoors. There are of course many summer evenings too when the added benefit of outside heating will draw customers to extend their time relaxing and drinking outside as the sun goes down.
We have installed our white industrial heaters into a Grade II listed building which has been opened up into a large expansive office, surrounded by tall original single glazed sash windows which constantly feel cold. The white bar heater fits neatly on the ceiling and the extra power available quickly heats the staff, each heater is 1200 watts. Our largest panel heater at 700 watts simply would not have been powerful enough to reach from the high ceiling.
Industrial or elegant black terrace heaters can be used in the home and business situation in those very large cold draughty buildings that seem impossible to heat because they simply leak warmth away as fast as you can warm the air.
Infrared warmth can be felt directly on the body, as well as warming walls and furnishings which give off warmth to heat the air, so over a period of time the whole room feels warm, and because infrared does not create air currents there is less movement of air and therefore fewer draughts. This office is thermostatically controlled to maintain 19 degrees and the staff are happy to work in shirt sleeves even on this cold January day!
The neat design is especially useful in barn conversions with unusually high ceilings, Victorian buildings, gymnasiums and fitness studios, garden buildings, village halls, shops and cafes.
My name is Kate and I have recently been doing work experience at Multiheat as part of my Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business. During my time here I have been creating a leaflet about the products by using case studies of the heaters being used in properties around the area. I have learnt about the heaters and the science behind them, and I have experienced the benefits of them myself!
On arrival at the office I found that I as to be working in a farm building, which I expected to be cold, damp and musky. However, after going inside I could feel the warmth instantly from their own heaters. Over the course of the day I noticed more and more heaters around the room, which were disguised as a map and a board for notes, which shows how practical and discreet they are.
I went to the Philip Milton Financial Advisors office in Barnstaple to take photos of their heaters, and to see them working in a different setting, and they looked amazing; The shiny black panels reflected the chandelier just wonderfully! The mirrored panels also looked sleek and sophisticated in their waiting room. With luxury décor all around, they really looked the part.
After learning about them and seeing them in action myself, I would highly recommend the products to anyone! They really are a quick and easy solution to efficient heating, and they look great too.
Thank you for reading,