A few years ago Multiheat supplied infrared heating panels into the Dragonfly Spa at the Salty Monk Hotel, near Sidmouth. The Spa is a purpose built garden room with living green roof, built with a low carbon footprint, it includes a yoga/ fitness suite, gym equipment and a therapy room all heated by our infrared panels. What a wonderful place to relax set amongst such beautiful water gardens. Thanks Andy and Annette for the recent picture of our infrared heaters in use at the gym. Read more about the Salty Monk and Spa here.
World Green Building Week. From 16 to 20 September 2013
Green Building Councils in 98 countries representing more than 25,000 organisations will host events, run campaigns and celebrate World Green Building Week under the theme: ‘Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People’. Read more here.
Many of us consider “green” in terms of the environmental impact, energy efficiency and carbon emissions of a building, but this week will also consider the people using the building too, whether that is a home or workplace.
The Metro newspaper states. More productive employees, quicker patient recovery rates and higher attendance rates in schools are just some of the benefits linked to developments built using healthy construction materials which offer more orientation for daylight and greater natural ventilation. A study published at the end of last year, carried out by the University of Salford and architects Nightingale Associates, showed the classroom environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25 per cent.
Here in the Multiheat office we know this is so true. Working in an office now using infrared heating panels we are fully aware of the difference between the hot stuffy air created by convection heating and the pleasant feel of infrared. Our office is in a large converted barn and the heaters are directed above our desks, it would not be cost effective to try and heat the whole space, however by using infrared energy the warmth can be felt directly on the body even when the air temperature is often lower than one would traditionally like, even with the outside door opening and closing all day or a window open the heat is not lost because infrared warms people and objects rather than the air itself.
The benefits of infrared for healthier people are
- No hot, dry stuffy air
- No creation of dust from fans or blowers
- No movement of air, dust or germs
- Heating can be targeted to where people sit
- Warmth can be felt directly on the body
- Infrared warmth promotes good blood circulation
- The feeling of warmth even with lower air temperatures
Many of our customers comment that they “like the feel” of infrared heating and the “pleasant background warmth” it creates. If you already have infrared heating in your home or office let us know if you think, does it create more pleasant warmth than traditional heating? We believe it does.
Heating panel for the hallway.
250 watt infrared heating panel 30 x 90 cm
Infrared heating is ideal in small spaces where radiators would be unsightly and take up valuable space. Panels fit neatly and securely to the wall and can either be hard wired behind the plasterwork to an individual programmer or to a programmer which runs other panels in the same area, or can simply be wired to a nearby socket/switch.
This small heating panel is ideal for heating areas of about 4 square metres, hallway, bathroom, cloakroom, utility or indeed any small space that needs heating. The panel can be fitted vertically or horizontally.
A number of panels can be effective in corridors or unusually shaped entrance areas. Heaters can also be fitted onto the ceiling to free up wall space completely.
The panel is lightweight made from carbon fibre, weighing only 3kgs, so can be fitted to any walling type.
Four words that need explaining:-
- Far – the farthest end of the infrared spectrum – the most efficient end
- Infrared – the part of the light spectrum that gives you the feeling of warmth
- Heating – something needed when the outside temperature starts to cool
- Panels – at just under 24mm thick that is exactly what our infrared heating panels look like – a panel
Far infrared heating panels give off no light, plenty of warmth, and use very little electricity compared to traditional convection heating systems, require no maintenance and can be fitted to the ceiling to give maximum efficiency and leave you to use all the room space as you see fit.
We are specialists in far infrared heating panels and will happily discuss your requirements.
Give us a call today on 01237 451759
Our bodies naturally absorb and emit infrared energy. We can absorb infrared warmth energy from the sun. When the sun goes behind a cloud the air temperature does not suddenly drop it is just that we can no longer feel the infrared rays from the sun. Our bodies use this infrared energy to increase blood flow around the body, taking with it warmth, oxygen and aiding bodily processes, this can also help the healing process of tissues. Healing hands, infrared heat lamps and infrared saunas have been used for many years to alleviate soreness and muscle damage.
Nowadays thermal imaging cameras can digitally pin point where large amounts of infrared energy are building up and damage has occurred, showing the extent of infrared heat build up assists medical practitioners in their diagnosis and treatment. Infrared energy is being emitted from the body all the time, which is why a warming hug on a cold day feels so nice, we give of infrared warmth naturally. Rescue services use thermal imaging cameras to find people by picking up the infrared energy they are giving off.
Infrared warmth is a natural part of our lives and bodily process and therefore when infrared energy is provided to us in the optimum wavelength our bodies can feel comfortable. Infrared heating panels mimic the wavelength which is most comfortable to the human body.
Domestic infrared heating panels provide very gentle warmth and we do not claim to any health benefits other than the fact that direct warmth feels nice and is far more comfortable than some hot air heating which can dry and scorch the air causing drowsiness and aggravating bronchial conditions. Most customers comment that they like the “feel” of infrared warmth.
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 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.
Having read up about infrared heating you are probably aware that infrared is part of the light spectrum and was first discovered in 1800 by William Herschel. He was an incredibly clever and talented man, not only an astronomer, technical expert but also a musician and composer.
In 1781, Herschel noticed a small object in the skies that, after further observation revealed that the object was a planet. Herschel lobbied to name the new body ‘Georgium Sidus’, after King George III, but it was eventually named Uranus after the Greek god of the sky. As a result of his discovery, the monarch knighted Herschel and appointed him to the position of court astronomer.
Over 20 years, he observed 2,500 new nebulae and star clusters and recorded them in “The General Catalogue of Nebulae.” An updated version is still in use today.
In 1800, Herschel performed a simple experiment determining the temperature of the different colors of sunlight passed through a prism. He noticed the region just beyond the red color was even higher than light in the visible spectrum, and used his measurements to deduce the presence of what is now known to be infrared radiation.
The European Space Agency’s infrared space observatory was subsequently named after him.
The Herschel Space Observatory is ESA’s far-infrared space telescope. Herschel was launched in May 2009 and is now taking scientific data. Working on a number of programmes related to dust in galaxies and galaxy evolution. These include the HerMES cosmological survey – the largest single programme on the observatory – the Herschel-ATLAS survey – a large area survey aimed at determining the far-IR properties of normal galaxies – and detailed studies of nearby galaxies.
There are three instruments on the Herschel telescope. Spire is a camera that looks at far-infrared light, Pacs a camera that will take pictures in far-infared light, and Hifi an instrument like a radio receiver that will tune in to very particular wavelengths of far-infared light.
It is these types of infrared cameras that bring us images of the skies especially showing areas of heat. The computerised images visualise infrared heat which is invisible to the human eye.
For more information please go to the following websites.
Our Bonus Offer for the coming month is for those of you perhaps wanting to heat more than one room or a larger area.
Buy two 600 watt infrared heating panels RRP £270 each and purchase a small 350 watt for just £100. That’s £640 for three panels.
The 600 watt (60 x 90 cm) panels will each heat an area of about 10 to 12 square metres. Based on a well built and insulated house with a ceiling height of around 2.4 metres.
The small 350 watt (60 x 60 cm) will heat a room of about 5 to 7 square metres or can be used to top up the warmth in a heated room as an additional heater. Panels can be left on for long periods of the day to prevent a room becoming very cold or feeling damp. This small panel is particularly good for positioning close to where you sit as the infrared provides a warm feel to the skin which is especially beneficial for those sitting for long periods whether at a desk or at home. Feet are available from our webshop if you want to use the heater standing on the floor but we would recommend fitting the panel to the wall or ceiling for better efficiency.
Did you know the suns natural infrared rays penetrate deeply into our body, so we really do soak up the sun! Why? Well, our body is designed to absorb infrared warmth at a particular wavelength, of between 4 and 10 microns, the infrared energy soaks in deeply to help bodily processes, keeping ourselves warm is a small part of all the other workings good blood circulation is involved with. Infrared heating panels cleverly replicate this by also providing infrared energy at this optimum level for bodily comfort.
Well, that’s what some bloke told me down the pub last night. He believes that within five years all the solar power, wind power etc… will add so many additional costs to the system that a unit of electricity will cost in excess of 25p.
I will admit that my thought process is quite different but it got me to thinking and so I checked out on Google whether there was any truth in this forecast. I couldn’t find one, but I did find a report from the Library at the House of Commons (Standard Note: SN/SG/4153) dated 8th March 2013 and it’s opening sentence states “The price of domestic gas and electricity has generally increased over the past eight years after around a decade of falling prices. The cost of heating oil has increased by a larger amount.”
In one of the tables at the back (in section 3) it gives the “Fuel price components of the RPI” and in January 1987 the indices of each commodity started at 100 – 10 years ago in January 2003 electricity was standing at 74.1, gas at 72.2 and oil at 79.6.
Gas has been recognised as being the cheapest and most popular form of heating solution for most homes and proving in inflation terms that it remains so!
By January of this year though electricity was standing at 114.8, an increase of 55% over 10 years. Gas had increased to 152.1, an even bigger increase of 114.5% and oil up to 203.3 an even bigger increase of 155%.
So, in 10 years the price of electricity is increasing much slower than oil & gas!
Going forward, the same report states “Real increases in typical gas bills to 2020 are forecast to be 12%, while real electricity bills are forecast to be 8% lower than in 2011. In 2020 the full range of policies is projected to add 1% to a typical gas bill (compared to a situation with no policy) and cut electricity bills by 16%” This last statement was from a report entitled “Estimated impacts of energy and climate change policies on energy prices and bills” – DECC in November 2011.
So, in my opinion the price of electricity won’t double and many people will want to have electricity as the power source of choice in providing their heating & energy solutions!
Nice to know that the bloke in the pub is hopefully wrong 🙂