Infrared heating panels do not have any controls fitted. You will control your heating via an independent thermostatic programmer. Adding a programmer gives you greater control of your energy use. Infrared heating is very different to warm air heating and it is important you use it differently too, by playing around and finding what works best for you will enable the new heating system to be most effective and energy efficient. Switching infrared heaters on and off via a separate wall switch is great to add flexibility used in conjunction with the thermostat.
To give off infrared the front surface must become very hot, when first switched on it takes just a few minutes to reach this optimum temperature and on switching off it takes a little while to cool down, during these times the panel is only giving off convection of warm air – just like a radiator might, it is only when it is really hot that it gives off infrared. Infrared warms the walls, floor and furnishings, these then give off warmth and create that cosy all round feeling, so you want your heaters to stay “on” as much as possible.
We try to calculate the size of heating panel you require for your individual needs hoping the panel will stay “on” rather than over calculating which will mean the panel will switch itself “off” regularly because it has reached room temperature, this is not very effective or efficient. However, in most cases there is an easy solution. Your electrician will have fitted a switch on the wall for each individual heater, just the same as you have a switch for your extractor fan outside the bathroom door, in Spring and Autumn or on a milder day you can switch one heater off to make the other work harder and thus stay “on”.
For example. A large open plan living/ dining/ kitchen area with four heaters.
In winter with a starting temperature of 12 degrees all four heaters are required to keep the room at 19 degrees.
In Spring with a starting temperature of 15 degrees and some weak sunshine the thermostat soon reaches 19 degrees and will switch the heaters off. The thermostat will then continue to turn the heaters on and off to maintain an air temperature of 19 degrees. However, if you are sat quietly at home you may want the comfort of having a heater” on”, all our customers will say they love the feel of infrared as it is like sitting in gentle sunshine, so by physically switching one or two heaters “off” and just leaving the heaters above the seating area on, you will ensure they do all the hard work of maintaining 19 degrees and will remain “on”.
If you have a number of bedrooms all connected together onto one thermostat then it is also possible to switch the spare bedroom off whilst still controlling the main bedrooms.
Switching infrared heaters on and off can help you lower your energy use whilst being sure those heaters you enjoy sitting under are “on”.
In extremely cold weather it is not possible to turn the heaters up! You must extend the times they are “on” so that the fabric of the room becomes warmed and the room feels cosy, keeping a room gently warmed is better than allowing it to become cold and hoping to get it feeling warm again. Cold walls make us perceive a feeling of coldness regardless of the actual air temperature. In very cold countries they maintain a set temperature 24 hours a day as once warmed it is easy for the heating system to just maintain this, provided the building is well insulated of course!