Our infrared heating panels do not have any controls installed because they are fitted into so many different situations that require different amounts of programming. Between our guidance and your electricians we can come up with the best solution for you, whether you need one programmer per heater or an office of 50 heaters with one central programmer, you need to work out the times and temperatures that suit your needs efficiently.
At this time of year, my infrared heating panel in the lounge gets programmed slightly differently to the rest of the house, this room is always cold as the sunlight doesn’t shine in like other rooms so it doesn’t naturally warm up. I have changed the settings from their winter times to spring, in the early morning the thermostat is only set to 18 degrees, just to take the chill off if we have had a cold night and in the afternoon around three o’clock the heating again comes on at 18 degrees, some days it is already naturally warm in the room but the weather can be so changeable at this time of year you never know! A starting point of 18 degrees means the room will not take long to come up to 19.5 degrees later in the evening when we are using the room. Sitting under an infrared heater means you feel that infrared energy on your skin and 19.5 degrees is plenty warm enough! The heating turns off around 9.30 as the whole room is now generating warmth with lovely all round comfort there is no need to use energy.
Use a little trial and error and see how quickly your room warms up at different times of the year and how it retains warmth at the end of the day, that will help you programme the infrared heating panel most effectively for your comfort and efficiently for your pocket!
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We can see from this image how a thermal camera can visualise infrared heat within the body, the red areas are warmest – core body warmth, and blue is coldest – hands and feet, but if we look closer the elbow on the right hand side of the image is also red, a trained thermographers eye will determine if this heat is caused by inflammation, or if in fact the person has simply been sat close to a window with their arm in the sun.
Infrared warmth from the sun or a heating panel travels deep into the body warming tissues, causing the red areas in the thermal image, it is a natural process our bodies deal with on a daily basis. Our bodies are designed to receive and emit infrared warmth which is why we find sitting in the sun or under an infrared heater very comfortable.
Hot yoga…. and other hot fitness crazes for 2014
Hot yoga ,the ultimate workout dettox, was big last year, but having spent the investment in creating a warm and well ventilated atmosphere what will studios come up with next?
“HOT” is big in the USA and now available here in the UK
Hot ballet. The latest buzz for ballet inspired workouts goes to the extreme under the warming rays of infrared heating panels and mixes interval training with static stretches to help create a strong defined dancers body.
Hot cycle. Moving on from the traditional spin class, turn the lights down, the heaters up and clear the head to pumping soundtracks, the ultimate mind, body and spirit hot workout.
Hot Pilates. For creating core balance and strength to bring the whole body into alignment, especially useful to those of us sitting, or slumping, at an office desk all day!
These classes are big in London and it won’t be long before other studios around the country join in the fun and make more use of their infrared heating panels.
“Infrared panels permeate heat, warming the body from the inside out. Improving circulation and minimising exercise injuries. Boosting your white blood cell count, even helping to prevent winter viruses.”
Evening Standard 2012
Programming a large number of infrared heating panels
The programmers for sale on our website are designed for controlling the heating system in either a domestic home or large business, either with one programmer per room or larger area.
Programmers can be used in conjunction with a contactor for heating larger areas.
When installing the heating panels your electrician will assess if the total electrical load is too great for the programmer and will add in a contactor device, this will act as a switching point between heating panels and the programmer. If the heating solution requires a complete new wiring loop back to the fuse board then the contactor will usually be placed here and the programmer positioned where it is most accessible and where it can also best read the room temperature.
Stylish heating to match your crisp interior décor.
Underfloor heating has become popular because consumers like the idea of not having ugly radiators or heaters on their walls, interior décor at the moment is very much about clean lines and minimal clutter but what if the process of installing underfloor heating is simply out of your budget or creates too much upheaval? A really affordable and easy to fit solution is white glass infrared heating panels fitted onto the ceiling, with a beautifully polished surface and smooth rounded corners the glass panel is stylish and functional.
Use the reflective glass surface to create light and movement in a room and coordinate with delicate lighting around the panel to subtly accentuate it’s presence on the ceiling.
Heater panels with surround lighting can be positioned above seating areas to give targeted warmth, and look superb in living kitchens with a set of heaters above the dining table and another set above the sofas, white glass panels work well with streamlined white gloss kitchen units to create a crisp and clean finish. White glass infrared heating panels can create a stylish heating system to match your crisp interior décor.
Why is infrared heating energy saving?
Infrared heating works on a very simple principle found in nature that if items are warmed they in turn will give off warmth. Imagine the sun warming a stone wall which in turn radiates warmth to heat the air.
Infrared heating works very differently to conventional heating systems.
A conventional electric storage heater will warm up to heat the air, this warm air rises, and cools, and falls to the floor, resulting in hot ceiling spaces and cold feet. Doors open and the warm air is lost, and the process starts all over again.
Infrared heating panels become warm, this warmth creates infrared energy which travels through cold air and when it hits an object causes the atoms within to vibrate, creating heat. Once all the items in a room are warm they themselves are giving off warmth to heat the air. As all objects, furniture and floor are giving off heat there is no stratification and an even warmth from floor to ceiling. When cooler air enters the room it is warmed by all objects around the room rather than a single heating point to save energy.
As the whole room is generating warmth it creates a comfortable atmosphere and the heating panel does not need to work as hard to maintain room temperature resulting in the heater modulating rather than having to work constantly. Energy savings result from having the heating on for longer periods. Even at lower air temperatures you can still feel the infrared energy from the heating panel on your skin. A room thermostat and programmer can be set to maintain a lower background warmth throughout the day and a more warmer temperature at night again to save energy.
Infrared warmth is natural to our bodies, infrared energy can be felt in the warming suns rays on a spring day or from a cosy hug. Infrared warmth is absorbed by our bodies and given off. So, why not use this form of heat to warm our homes and workplaces too?
Infrared heating has a positive impact on our bodies, from promoting good blood circulation to creating a pleasant and comfortable environment to live and work in.
The positive impact of infrared warmth on the skin passes deeply inside moving the warmth around our body by the blood, conventional warm air just touches the surface and takes much longer to actually warm people. Infrared warmth feels good, although it is only very gentle warmth it envelopes the body. Infrared heating panels replicate the exact wavelength of infrared for best absorption by the human body.
Infrared heaters do not have fans or blowers, in fact there is no movement of air, the still conditions are much better for those with asthma or hayfever. Conventional radiators rely on moving air around the room.
By warming all objects with in a room the air temperature will be even throughout the whole area, no warm ceilings or cold floors, plus less likelihood of wall condensation or mould in older buildings.
Warm and pleasant air conditions have a positive impact on our feeling of comfort and well being.
Due to the popularity of our white glass heaters we have reduced the panel heater in price.
600 watt white glass infrared heating panel now £349.99
800 watt white glass infrared heating panel now £399.99
White glass panels look stunning set in rows across the ceiling of fitness studios bringing light, movement and reflection above the clients.
White glass heaters look smart and clean and are hygienic in a clinical environment, especially for therapy rooms, hospitals or vets treatment rooms.
White glass panels create a stylish way of heating your home without the need for unsightly radiators, pipes and boilers. Panels can be designed into the décor theme working particularly well in modern gloss white kitchens and in contemporary bathrooms.
Far infrared or near infrared. What’s the difference?
Infrared heating is often recommended for use in therapy and treatment rooms as it provides direct warmth to the skin, so the air may be warmed by traditional central heating or by infrared heating but in some situations the client might need some extra directed warmth on them as often they are lying down semi naked for some time.
So, what is the difference between near infrared and far infrared?
Near infrared heaters are the type which glow orange, those designed for outdoor use are often rated at 2000 watts, they provide a great deal of heat and can sometimes be overwhelmingly intense and should only be used in very cold environments.
Infrared heaters specifically designed for treatment use are between 100 and 650 watts for a part body lamp but often combine near infrared with a halogen lamp, the heat is targeted to one small area, torso, legs or shoulders to aide muscle warmth and relaxation. The lamp can be positioned just above the body and generates quite intense warmth to that one area only, which must be timed for specific treatments.
Far infrared heaters do not give off any light and the heat generated is far more gentle, it is designed to comfortably warm people and the air in the room. By positioning the heater high on the ceiling it provides an all round warmth and should be able to reach across a large area of the room. One heating panel positioned above a treatment couch will give a pleasant feeling of warmth but should be used in conjunction with another heating source, other heating panels or warm air heating. Far infrared heaters for this type of use are between 600 and 850 watts, the warmth is gentle and all round, it will still penetrate deep into the skin to promote good blood circulation but not at the intensity of a treatment lamp. Far infrared feels pleasant to sit under all day long.
Our bodies are designed to accept and utilise the wavelengths of far infrared, we then emit far infrared wavelengths and warmth ourselves. The warmth from the sun or massaging hands is far infrared warmth.