Infrared heating panel technical information.
Infrared heating panels can be used in a variety of different situations, in fact almost any place where people need to feel warm, however infrared heating differs from convection heating, and with a better understanding of how infrared works you should then be able to get better efficiency from your heater. We hope this infrared heating panel technical information will help!
Infrared heating panels come in a variety of designs, however the principles are very much the same. The surface must become very hot, around 80 – 90 degrees C, to give off infrared energy in a specific wavelength of 8 to 15 which is the same as that naturally absorbed and emitted by the human body, a lower surface temperature will give off less infrared energy and return to convection of warmed air which is less energy efficient, a higher surface temperature will give off a stronger feeling of infrared in a higher wavelength which is perfect for traveling a greater distance or for traveling through colder air.
Mounting the panel high on the wall like a picture or on the ceiling is best. Infrared energy must shine across the whole room evenly, just like sunshine, to be most effective and energy efficient. Panels must not be hidden behind the sofa – they simply will not work ! Also from a safety point of view, no enquiring fingers are going to touch the surface when it is high up on the wall.
Infrared heating is not new, it has been available for many years in Europe and has only become popular in the UK in the past ten years, since we have started to be more aware of our personal energy use. Multiheat source heaters from a number of leading manufacturers here in the UK and in Europe to be able to bring you a range of heater styles, these manufacturers have been at the forefront of developing infrared heating technology with a quality product which is most effective and energy efficient, we do not buy products directly from China where the factories can copy anything and all for a cheap price! In our experience these products feel poor quality and do not have a consistent surface temperature which will result in a less effective heater and lead to failure of the heating element in time.
Our bodies naturally absorb and emit infrared energy. We absorb infrared warmth from the sun, when the sun goes behind a cloud or sun umbrella we feel cooler, the air temperature does not suddenly drop, it is just that we can no longer feel the infrared rays from the sun.
Air temperature gradually rises as people and objects ( tarmac roads or sand on the beach) warm up and give off warmth to warm the air, the air stays warm long after the sun has gone down because the air acts as insulation keeping the objects warm and staying warm itself.
Our bodies use this infrared energy to increase blood flow around the body, taking with it warmth, oxygen and aiding bodily processes. Along with transferring warmth throughout the whole body this can also help the healing process of tissues. Infrared heat lamps and saunas have been used for many years to alleviate soreness and muscle damage and recently developed thermal imaging cameras can digitally pin point where tissue damage has occurred and show the extent of infrared heat build up to assist medical practitioners in their diagnosis and treatment. 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 from heaters our bodies can feel comfortable.
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 of our customers will say they love the “feeling” of warmth and how different the air feels within the room.
Direct warmth from an infrared heating panel will cause atoms within an object to vibrate, this vibration causes heat. The rise in temperature is only small but significant enough to raise the air temperature.
Infrared heating panels can be left on for long periods of time to maintain warmth in a room, especially old or damp buildings, and as the energy consumption is very low the costs are minimal. In modern well built and insulated homes the heating might only need to be on when the room is use with very little warm up time. New internal wall insulation prevents warm air or infrared energy passing through to be chilled by the outside wall so larger savings on fuel costs can be made here. This type of home improvement is not hugely expensive and can be done whilst redecorating and when used with infrared heating can make significant savings. In older properties the walls themselves can be affected by the outside air, making them feel cold to the touch, this combined with hot blown air central heating systems often causes condensation, where hot air meets cold wall, this is can often lead to black mould and unhealthy air conditions. Infrared heating can help resolve this problem, by warming the wall very slightly and lowering the air temperature very slightly we can achieve a comfortable home with better air conditions.
We do suggest you experiment with your new infrared heating panels and the programming to find out how quickly the room heats up and how quickly it cools down once the heating is turned off, this will give you a better idea for programming more efficiently and effectively, remember infrared is different to hot air heating and will need programming accordingly. You may find the thermostat can be turned down by one or two degrees because infrared warmth can be felt on the skin. If you require any more infrared heating panel technical information please give us a call 01237 451759