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.
Talk to us for experienced advice.
Multiheat have been supplying infrared heaters for almost seven years, we are happy to discuss your project with you to make sure you get the best from your new heaters.
All buildings are different, the construction, the insulation, the outside weather, the use of the building, the expectations of the user, so all forms of heating will have differing requirements, programming times and consumption levels. Whilst we are an internet based company we give customers opportunity to give us a ring or email to discuss their needs to make sure they have a heating panel which will be able to heat their room effectively and in the timescale expected, this sometimes means positioning differently to how they first expected, altering the programmer or can mean having two smaller heaters to give extra power.
Imagine the heater as a light bulb, you want to shine the light down across the whole room. Infrared works by warming people, walls and furniture, the rays can be felt on the skin even through cooler air to give a comfortable feel of warmth, often the air temperature can be lower than normally expected but the perceived feeling of warmth is comfortable. To achieve a more all-round warm air central heating feel the heating panel needs time to warm the walls and furniture, these then give off warmth to also heat the air, the time involved can vary on the construction of the home and the chilling factor of cold exterior walls and windows.
Customer review of our mirror infrared heating panel
We have received a lovely customer review from The Salty Monk Hotel, near Sidmouth, over the new year break “We have now installed our 6th IR panel, this time as a bathroom mirror/ heater. Looks fab customers are in awe of their hot mirror! keeps the bathroom warm meant we could lose a heated towel radiator that cost a packet to run, the new towel shelf takes up less space is less obtrusive and consequently the bathroom looks bigger less cluttered and is warmer than before and costs less to run, all round winner..”
Ex-demo clearance sale of infrared heating panels
It’s time to clear out some of our second hand, ex-demo stock. Some of these panels have been sent out to customers who have decided that infrared heating is not for them. Some of them have been used by us to show to corporate customers. All are in perfect working order – they have been tested, a UK plug fixed, and apart from the occasional scuff mark, most look like new.
Please pop over there and have a look.
I have had some lovely conversations this week with David who has been trialling one of our infrared heating panels with his solar PV electricity, this is his review – using infrared heating with solar pv panels .
“Earlier this year we purchased a 600 W infrared panel which we have tried in the sitting room. We have been pleased with the performance and, based on this experience, are now planning to heat most of our rooms with similar panels, ceiling-mounted.
Our present array of 9 pv Solar Panels provides us with hot water (to 70 degrees on a sunny day, lukewarm on cloudy days) and do the bulk of our cooking using energy from the Sun.
The new battery storage pv system we are planning will run one 600 W panel for around 10 hours a day, or the equivalent. It will need around 7 hours of Sunlight to fully re-charge and my records from last year show that during last winter most weeks had at least 2 days of good sunshine. If we double the number of batteries we can run two heaters, and so on. Again, cost will be offset by FIT payments over 20 years. Because the FIT rate has been lowered, this will only give an annual return of around 5.5% but it is still a better rate than any investment scheme available at the moment.”
We look forward to an update next year when the extra solar panels are fitted along with battery storage and electric infrared heating panels.
Read the article about champagne and pancakes in The Telegraph this week and see if you can spot our infrared heating panels!
“The Krug Kreperie pop-up has opened in London, bringing a dose of chalet chic to the East Piazza of Covent Garden from December 2 until December 8. A collaboration between the Krug champagne house and French chef Pierre Koffmann, the pop-up consists of three over-sized champagne crates, one housing the kitchen and bar and two operating as dining pods.”: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/restaurants-and-bars/17445/the-krug-kreperie-pop-up.html
Mirror infrared heating panels set into ornate wooden frames to match the Alpine inspired theme! Supplied by our reseller The Green Age in London.
Can I run infrared heating alongside my central heating?
Yes, infrared heating panels can heat a room on their own or work in conjunction with central heating when the weather is very cold.
Today I have quoted for a bungalow where the occupants are at home much of the time. The current central heating is costly to run and only has one control, all on or all off. The owner would like to be able to have heating on in only the rooms he is using during the day, thus avoiding wasting energy on heating rooms that are not in use. There are also times in the year when a little warmth is needed in the evening but it isn’t really cold enough to put the central heating on.
Infrared heating panels can be controlled individually with a room thermostat/programmer to achieve a comfortable temperature with a minimum of energy.
However, this customers room sizes require slightly higher than our usual 50 watts per square metre because it is generally a cold building, and just one panel per room would be slightly undersized and would struggle to really heat the room in cold weather although for most of the year it would probably be fine. So here I have suggested the client uses his central heating as back up because in very cold weather he would need that extra boost of warmth, plus the central heating can be programmed for fewer hours but sufficient to assist the panels in reaching a comfortable warmth. If both the central heating and the individual heating panels have room thermostats there is no chance of wasting energy or over heating the room.
For most of the year this customer will be only heating the rooms he is using with a far more energy efficient heating system and for just a few weeks of the year will return to his old central heating system. He will save on energy used and therefore the cost of heating his home will be greatly reduced.
So, yes you can run infrared heating alongside previously installed central heating.