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Do I need a programmable thermostat?

Our infrared heating panels are designed to be hard wired into your electrical system and can be just turned on or off as heating is required. However, a programmable thermostat like this AUBE TH232 will make the use of your panel even more efficient.

7-day programmable thermostat

Electronic Programmable Thermostat

By having the panel come on a particular time of day and to be turned on or off depending on the set room temperature is the most efficient way to control the use of your infrared heating panel. If the room temperature is already at your set temperature the panel will remain off and will only come on when the temperature drops below your set temperature.

The AUBE TH232 thermostat has been programmed with the following schedule:-

It comes on at 6am with a temperature set at 21 degrees centigrade and at 8:30am the set temperature is reduced to 16.5 degrees centigrade. At 4pm the temperature is increased to 21 degrees again and at 11pm the temperature is reduced again to 16.5 degrees. This is the standard setting for Monday to Friday, and on weekends it is set to come on at 6am and stay at 21 degrees until 11pm.

These times and temperatures can be adjusted to your own requirements.

It is easy to see that by using this sort of control your panel will only come on when it is needed to increase the room temperature and not to be on all the time!

 

Will infrared heating melt my chocolate?

We get asked many questions like this. Because infrared heating heats objects directly without heating the air first there is a misconception that infrared heating will warm up the wrong objects, like chocolate, cold drinks, salad, etc… but actually so do all forms of heating and infrared is no different, it just does it in a slightly different way.

Take the bar of chocolate – if you leave it in a room where the thermostat is set at 25 degrees centigrade the chocolate will be a lot more gooey than it would be in a room that is only 21 degrees centigrade. If you have a log burner or electric heater and you leave your bar of chocolate close to the fire it may well melt!

Infrared heating will do the same, if you set the room thermostat at 25 degrees centigrade then infrared heat will warm the room up to 25 degrees centigrade, so your chocolate will rise to be the same temperature. The infrared heat given off by our panels is not as fierce as that of outside infrared patio heaters, nor as fierce as the sun itself, they give off a nice gentle that will give you that gentle feeling of warmth, and it will do so for your chocolate as well.

So, no, an Infrapower Infrared Panel Heater will not melt your chocolate!

Will infrared heating heat just me?

This is the sort of question we get asked when someone has a very large room (or space in a warehouse for example) and they want to be warmed but do not necessarily want the whole room to be warmed.

This is just one excellent use of infrared heaters because they will do exactly that!

If you sit in a space with an infrared heater the warmth that comes from the heater can be felt whilst the rest of the room stays colder/cooler!

We have customers who use a 600w panel to keep them warm whilst watching TV without having to turn on the central heating or light a fire. We have customers who use the heater to keep them warm whilst they are working at home, again without the need to heat the whole house. We have customers who heat a space in a village hall when they have a meeting, it keeps them warm without having to heat the whole hall! We also have customers who have a receptionist in a large room and they have a small panel to just keep them warm instead of the whole room!

Another reason why infrared heaters can be efficient in these situations – fan heaters that warm the air up, just blow the warm air across you, but aren’t actually heating or warming you up!

Why not try an infrared heating panels to see if it will work for you – ask us about our 30 day money back guarantee!

Towel rail fitted to infrared heater

A white glass infrared heater with towel rail fitted

Our infrared panels are suitable for use in bathrooms being IP 44 rated!

These panels must be installed by a suitably qualified electrician to ensure that current regulations are applied.

Infrared heaters in bathrooms with towel rails add an extra dimension to putting heating into your bathroom!

Call us on 01237 451759 for more information!

Infrared heating panels are designed for homes and businesses wishing to find an energy efficient and affordable heating solution to help reduce fuel bills.

What are the benefits of using infrared heaters?

  • Affordable electric heating – the cost of buying a single panel or a system for a whole house is very affordable compared to other forms of heating
  • Energy efficient solution – our infrared heaters use a lot less electricity than many storage heaters & other electric heaters making them very cost effective to run
  • Low installation costs – 4 screws in the wall or ceiling – wired into an existing circuit or having a new circuit put in are all cheaper than having new pipes plumbed in!
  • Maintenance free – once installed, the panels require no maintenance – compare that to having a gas or oil boiler
  • No pipes or boilers – most wet systems require pipes to every room and a place to put the boiler, no need with our electric infrared panel heaters
  • Modern stylish design – our infrared heaters look good, so no need to hide them away behind the sofa
  • Provides a healthy warmth to the skin – the air doesn’t get too hot, which when it does can make a room hot & stuffy, an ideal place for germs to multiply
  • Fit to ceiling or wall to maximise living space – once that radiator is fitted to a wall the options of moving the furniture around is limited – get your heaters up out of the way to best use the space available in the room
  • Safe for use in bathrooms – IP 44 rated – always get the panels installed by a qualified electrician

Are there any health dangers when using infrared heating panels?

Infrared heaters work by radiation of warmth rather than convection of hot air. But what about the word “radiation” many stockists of heating panels will avoid this word as it encourages thoughts of cancer  but actually if we delve deeper into science we find that radiation can vary, there is harmful and harmless radiation. The term radiation simply means the emission of energy as electromagnetic waves.

We know that infrared waves do penetrate the skin which causes atoms to vibrate and this creates heat but as non ionising radiation this is harmless.

The important distinction is between high energy ionising and low energy non ionising radiation and I am pleased to say infrared heating panels are low energy and therefore completely harmless.It is the harmful ionising radiation which damages the DNA in cells which then may lead to cancer.

Infrared heating is a very natural form of heating, the sun radiates infrared energy and this is absorbed by our bodies to help promote blood circulation and therefore aide metabolism and repair. Heating panels emit infrared at exactly the optimum wavelength for absorption by the body to be most effective.

Taken from an article on www.cancer.org

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/medicaltreatments/radiation-exposure-and-cancer

Why do infrared heaters go in the ceiling?

Infrared is part of the light spectrum, albeit an invisible part, and so just like a light bulb you want to put it on the ceiling or at least high on a wall so that you can bask the room in light. You wouldn’t put your lights behind the sofa, so you would put your infrared heaters there either!

infrared heating panel fitted to the ceiling

A standard infrared panel in the ceiling

white, black or mirror glass

Multiheats range of glass panels!

Our range of glass infrared heating panels include the black finish, the white finish and the mirror finish!

The black & white finish come in two sizes:-

  • 800w which is 120cm * 60cm
  • 600w which is 90cm * 60cm

The mirror finish also comes in two sizes:-

  • 600w which is 90cm * 60cm
  • 400w which is 60cm * 60cm

These panels look quite smart and can be made a feature within your room rather than being hidden on the ceiling or behind a sofa like traditional radiators – hung at picture height, or higher, they will radiate infrared warmth across the room!

How much does infrared heaters cost to run?

If you take one of our standard panels, say a 600w panel (it doesn’t matter whether it is a glass panel or a carbon fibre one as they both use 600w of energy) then it will use 0.6 units of electricity per hour to run if it was in use all of the time. With a unit of electricity costing around 15 pence then it will cost you 9 pence an hour to run.

BUT…. and it is a big but…. the panel will not be on for a full hour. The panels will modulate, that is, once the panel gets up to its operating temperature it will turn itself off, but still produce infrared. Once it cools down to stop generating infrared it will turn itself on again. It might be running for as little as 33% of the time reducing the running costs to just 3 pence an hour. Now, that is in a perfect world, and will depend on many variables like where it is situated, the ambient temperature of the room, draughts blowing across the panel etc. but you get my drift, it will use less than 0.6 units of electricity per hour.

If you use a thermostat controller that turns the panel off when it reaches a comfortable temperature in the room it will use even less electricity.

SO…. how big a room will that heater heat? Well, assuming the room is well insulated and the panel is fixed in the centre of the room it can heat a room of about 12 square metres (3 metres by 4 metres or 10 feet by 13 feet in old money) – that is quite a big room!

Is infrared heating efficient?

Of course it all depends on what you are comparing it with as to whether it is more efficient, and of course the variables that can be added to any equation will of course skew the results.

Infrared heating is efficient – it transfers energy directly from the panel to the objects (floor, ceiling, furniture, bodies etc…) without the need to heat the air first, and it is there where the efficiency comes. Traditional forms of heating use the convection system. That is, the air is heated up, warm air rises, coll are falls, is heated up and rises, the warm air that has risen cools and falls to be reheated and so the cycle goes on. The warm air that surrounds you makes you feel warm.

The efficiency of the air to heat up the surrounding objects is quite poor and therefore as soon as the warm air stops being warm you feel very cold again. Compare this to infrared heating, the objects in the room are warm, including you, and when the infrared stops radiating the room remains warm for a longer period of time!

Of course the air does heat up, but as a consequence of everything around it being warm, rather than it being the main reason you are warm.

Some examples – a nice warm room full of hot air and someone opens a window or door – the hot air disappears as quickly as you like and brr it is cold again – a cold day outside and the sun is shining, can you feel the warmth of the sun, that’s the natural infrared of the sun!

Another point to make – in a traditional convection heated room it can be as much as six degrees warmer at ceiling height than at floor height – to get the temperature right at the middle of the room you have to have the ceiling temperature higher as you wait for it to cool to the right temperature for you to feel warm. In a room heated with infrared, the difference can be as low as 1 degree.

That’s efficient!