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,
Your glass panel heater can be fixed low down on the wall or mid height like a picture.
Infrared energy is part of the light spectrum, so imagine your heater is like a torch shining light across the room, you want to bathe the whole room in light, not hide it behind the furniture! Panels can be wall mounted lower down and central to the room like the fireplace pictured or higher up at mid wall height above the furnishings.
Glass panel heaters have a striking polished glass front which is very reflective almost like a mirror, making the room feel larger and highlighting the furnishings it reflects. So, when positioning the panel make good use of this!
If you have removed a storage heater and are replacing it with an infrared panel the electrician can simply wire the new heater into the same socket point, but please make sure this really is the best place for the heater, infrared light energy warms all the surfaces it touches, these then give off warmth to heat the air, so if the heater is positioned behind furniture or in a corner it simply will not be able to reach the whole room and therefore will not heat the room very effectively.
By warming all the surfaces in the room, walls, floor and furniture, infrared heating creates an all round even warmth, the air closest to the floor will be a very similar temperature to the air around the ceiling area and there is no circulation of air which causes draughts, the whole room will feel comfortable. Warm air systems like storage heaters and wet radiators work on the principle of blowing very warm air around the room causing a draught of cold air across the floor and warm air collecting close to the ceiling! So, please make sure your new heater is positioned fairly centrally to the room where it can bathe the whole space in invisible infrared light!
This festive modern fireplace has been created from one of our black glass infrared heating panels, positioned low down on the wall with hearth and mantel floating shelves made from oak.
The central heating in this room was a little inadequate and unable to get the room quite warm enough in the coldest part of winter.
An electric “fire” like this wall mounted black glass feature fireplace can be switched on and off as needed, especially on chilly summer evenings and those days when you are not ready to turn the full central heating on. This heater is neatly hardwired to a simple switch close by.
Care should be taken not to put anything on the hearth shelf which may become damaged when heated by the infrared warmth from the panel. Nothing should touch the front of the glass heater when it is switched on, as the glass itself becomes hot – just like any other heater or radiator.
Often when we are home all day, we feel a little chilly but can’t justify putting the whole central heating system on, as this would be too costly on the fuel bills. An infrared heating panel uses very little energy so it costs just a few pence per hour to run, compared to cheap halogen or oil filled radiators which use probably three times the amount of electrical power!
Photo taken by JC in his house currently using very expensive oil central heating. The panels in the living room and kitchen help reduce the energy consumption of the home.
Infrared heaters are inspired by nature – infrared is the warmth we feel on our face on a bright sunny Spring day, infrared energy from the sun travels through air to convert to heat once it touches an object or person, so we can feel the warmth directly on us even though the air might still be cold, of course once all the objects, tarmac, stone buildings and earth become heated they then give off warmth to heat the air, so by summer that infrared energy is much stronger and the objects become hotter and so does the air, which is why towns often feel hotter than the countryside.
So how does that help warm me in my home? An infrared heating panel fitted close to where you sit is just like sitting in gentle sunshine, the infrared energy can be felt directly on your body helping to promote good blood circulation and carry warmth around the body, the infrared energy is also very gently warming the objects around you too which then give off warmth to heat the air, so you feel comfortable and surrounded by warmth. All from very little energy use, for example a 500 watt heating panel will warm a room of about 12 square metres, a kitchen, small living room or home office.
That’s just half a unit of electricity per hour to heat the room you are sitting in.
Once your central heating system comes on in the evening, it will take less time and energy to heat the room already heated, you could also turn down the TRV on the radiator and keep the infrared heating panel on – because we do know from experience that we all “love the feeling of infrared” warmth on our bodies!
Replacing storage heaters for infrared wall panels
Storage heaters become tatty and knocked about over time, they are such large cumbersome heaters that really do become unsightly with age. Many of our customers have chosen to remove the storage heater and replace it with a white glass infrared heating panel. An electrician can very simply wire the new heater back into the original heater switch and add a simple timer or thermostatic programmer to give the user much greater flexibility of controlling the heating.
- Smart and elegant design
- Just 2.5cm deep
- Greater flexibility of controlling the heat
- Low energy consumption
- Change your energy tariff to a lower daytime rate
Customer Review. CY in Stockport has been doing just that. Over time the storage heaters have been removed and white glass infrared heaters installed room by room. It doesn’t need to be a huge expense all at once! This bedroom is under the eaves and a rather awkward shape but the heating panel fits beautifully under the window, infrared rays can travel into the room to warm the floor, walls and furniture which will in turn warm the air. The old storage heater warmed the air which was instantly cooled by the cold glass window, such a waste of energy! The customer is very happy and looking to purchase more this winter in order to finally get rid of the last storage heaters.
Mirror, mirror on the wall – are you a heater?
This 600 watt mirror infrared panel heater looks like a real mirror in this bathroom, providing both warmth and usefulness in a relatively small space. 600 watts of power uses just over half a unit of electricity per hour to run, and keeps the bathroom nice and warm even in those late summer mornings and evenings as we currently have where it is not quite cold enough to turn all the heating on, but chilly enough to want a warm bathroom.
An additional advantage of having a warm mirror is that steam doesn’t settle on it giving you a very usable mirror.
Need to know more, then please contact us on 01237 451759
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!
Our Salus wireless thermostats provide an unobtrusive solution to fitting controls for your new infrared heating panel. The thermostat unit does not physically need to be connected to the heating panel therefore minimising cabling and unsightly wall controls. The heating panel is wired to the adjacent receiver unit, and the cabling taken up through the ceiling to the nearest electrical spur. The two units are linked together by Radio Frequency (RF) signal. The thermostat unit is constantly sending signals to the receiver unit to maintain temperature within the room, all programming is done from the thermostat unit. The receiver unit can be mounted on the wall or hidden in a cupboard. If you are using two thermostat programmers in the house, i.e one downstairs and one upstairs, they will need to be set to different frequencies so the thermostat unit talks to its matching receiver, occasionally other electrical equipment will interfere and you will need to find an alternative frequency, but this is all easy to do on the units.
The Salus RT300RF is simply a thermostatic control, allowing you to set a comfortable temperature in the room, the panel will turn on and off to maintain that temperature whilst it is switched on.
The Salus RT500RF is programmable too. Programme your heating for different set points throughout the day and each day individually. Flexible controls allows you to be more efficient with energy.
The programmers we recommend on our website are designed to work with other forms of heating too, and therefore we expect electricians to substitute the word boiler in the instructions for infrared panel.
The instructions enclosed in the programmer box are clear and easy to follow. Please read them carefully and logically. Please note that the switch contacts at NO and C on the receiver terminal board are ‘volt free’ and will not therefore supply power directly to the infrared panel. Boilers sometimes have their own separate electrical connection.
For wireless programmers. To ensure power is supplied to the infrared panels as required proceed as follows: Connect a permanent 240 volt mains supply to terminals L and N in the receiver. Connect the infrared panel neutral (blue) wire to the neutral (N) terminal in the receiver. Connect the infrared panel live (brown) wire to the normally open (NO) terminal in the receiver. Connect a permanent link wire between live (L) and common (C) terminals in the receiver. This will ensure that when the receiver switches the power on it will reach the panel.
High ceilings cause all sorts of problems when it comes to heating. As we all know hot air rises, so when we have a high ceiling the temperature at the high point can be as much as 6-8 degrees centigrade warmer than at floor level.
High ceilings also cause problems for radiant heaters like infrared, where the strength of the radiated warmth weakens the further it has to travel. Typically 3.5 to 4.0 metre ceilings and higher cause these problems.
In a standard house where the ceiling height is typically just 2.4 metres high, none of these problems arise, although convected heat can still give a significant difference in temperature between ceiling and floor indicating a waste of energy. Radiant heaters on the other hand that do not try to heat the air up first can give you a much even temperature between floor and ceiling.
So, how do we get around heating a room or building with high ceilings.
In an industrial environment we use radiant heat from industrial heaters, our industrial range can heat a room with ceilings in excess of 6 metres, but probably do not look as good in a house, or office environment. We can though fit the heaters on the wall. The heaters will still radiate out and if it is a large room you have a heater on opposite walls. These will heat floor, ceiling and other fabric in the room, providing the full efficiencies of using infrared radiant heaters that most standard rooms will get if the heater is placed on the ceiling.
So, contact us today and ask us how our infrared heating solutions can heat your high ceiling rooms or building as the calculation of how much power is needed is far different from the standard 50 watts per square metre of floor space.
High output infrared panels are an ideal solution to get over high ceilings where standard infrared heating panels struggle to perform.
As a general rule standard infrared heating panels start to lose power at around 3-3.5 metres – I liken it to when you shine a torch down the garden on a dark night. The light starts to fade at some point and whilst you can see to the end of the patio, you still cannot see to the end of the garden. Infrared being in the light spectrum struggles with distance in the same way.
One way to overcome this is to place the standard panels on the wall, but energy is lost in that some is heading for the ceiling and not heating the areas that need heating, so an ideal solution is to use high output infrared panels, or high output radiant panels to give them another name. After all, infrared is radiated.
They can be used at ceiling heights of 8 metres but shouldn’t be used lower than 3.5 metres.
At 5m – 8m in height they can be used to provide a full heating solution, but at a height of 3.5m – 4.5m they are best suited as localised spot heating. The radiant surfaces can reach temperatures of 260 degrees centigrade and are an ideal way of providing thermal comfort in commercial and industrial buildings. They can be fixed to the ceiling with an auxiliary frame or suspended on drop rods or chains.
Why not call Kevin or Heather on 01237 451759 if you have a hard to heat building with high ceilings – we’d be glad to give you more information.