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Infrared fact!

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 🙂

A great way to advertise the benefits of an Infrared Heater

When wondering around summer shows or exhibitions there can be so much to look at that it all becomes a blur of faces and stands. We use large banners to catch the customer’s attention with a simple list of the benefits of infrared heating panels. Here are our benefits of the small 350 watt panel, ideal on a chilly summer evening!

Infrared heating benefits

• Provides warmth to the skin

• Warms people and not the air

• Affordable electric heating

• Energy efficient solution

• Low running cost about 4p per hour

• Freestanding or fit to wall or ceiling

• Space saving design

• Position close to where you sit

This banner certainly worked well for us inspiring customer’s imagination to think where they could use a heater in their property!

Thanks to Discount Banner Printing for a super fast job in getting a Special Show Offer printed banner in time, good quality and all neat to carry in its own bag. Excellent! banner

Feel those infrared rays from the sunshine!

Today the sun is shining and all the holidaymakers here in Devon for half term must think we live in paradise! Clear blue skies and warm sunshine.

The suns infrared rays warm us, as well as buildings and roads and soil, all of which then radiate warmth to warm the air. In cities you will notice this more than here in the countryside as buildings really do soak up the infrared rays and radiate warmth back often making the air stifling right into the evening. Here, there is always a cooling breeze, but don’t be deceived those infrared rays are still warming everything they touch.

For the first time this year I sat out in the garden for breakfast, it was early and cool, there is only one small patch of sunshine at this time of day, but I manoeuvred my chair to sit and soak up the pleasant infrared rays. The side of my body in the sun was becoming quite warm whilst the other half was feeling decidedly chilly!

So when positioning your infrared heating panel in your home please bear in mind you want to feel those infrared rays shining down on you, fit the panel up on the ceiling or high on the wall and avoid creating shadows or areas where the rays simply cannot be felt.

Infrared heaters at the Devon County Show

We had a wonderful time at the Devon County Show, even before the show was open other exhibitors were talking to us about infrared heating, the patio heaters and Special Offer panels quickly sold out over the weekend period with the last three panels selling from the website on Monday morning!

Needless to say there were a few disappointed shoppers after Phil from the Butchers Arms at Abbotskerswell, South Devon came and bought all our remaining patio heaters! The traditional country pub has a large outdoor eating area which needed a bit of extra heating in our chilly summer weather. I wish Phil and his wife Vicky every success with their venture!

The concept of infrared heating for the home inspired many visitors to look at their own energy consumption and contemplate infrared as an option for use themselves, we had interest from customers considering infrared due to its low energy usage either for use in conjunction with solar PV electricity to achieve best economical use of the free daytime electricity generated, or for use in a remote location only powered by a small domestic wind turbine which stores power in a battery, to the more usual energy efficient new builds and simple refurbishment projects.

Attending a large show like this is a good opportunity to meet new customers face to face, and those who have seen us before at events, and those who read our newsletters! Our thanks go out to everyone who stopped by and made our show really successful.

Infrared heat – a growing talking point with so many applications.

When the world of science and technology pick up on an idea, the implications of that idea often go much farther than the original concept. Infrared heating is one such case, developed for heating materials in manufacture, initially a faster drying process, the idea has now been developed to apply to so many other processes. One such process is thermoforming – the moulding of plastics, so much of what we use today involves moulded plastic, but also includes paint drying times, the curing of PVC pastes, moulding of polystyrene and the setting of T shirt transfers. In difficult times where every penny counts, factories are looking at saving energy and costs, and the investment in infrared heat can provide targeted and precise heating turning on and off in an instant to avoid wasting electricity. Industry is welcoming the new energy saving technology, particularly when being encouraged to be green, and the use of infrared heat becomes more widespread. This is a worldwide trend.

With the more common use of infrared heat in industry there quickly becomes better knowledge of the subject and of course more development into other applications. The Chinese now want to be seen at the forefront of quality technology, they are no longer simply making cheap copies, and are involved in research and development into different types of infrared heaters for different situations using both long and short wave, emitted from different materials and very much depending on the application as to which is the most energy efficient and effective.

Certainly our customers are far more knowledgeable about how infrared heat works on the body and the structure of our homes, and it is a subject that is gaining discussion with those involved in creating highly energy efficient homes and renewable energy projects to larger commercial businesses wishing to lower their heating bills.

Feel the warmth from an Infrared heater.

As a customer said the other day – “you don’t notice it when it is on, but you do when you turn it off …. just like the sun going in behind a cloud!”

Although the air temperature  outside is still pretty cold when the sun does come out it really is quite warm, then when it hides behind a cloud you suddenly realise just how warm it was and how much our bodies appreciated those infrared rays.

Our panels work along the same principles as the sun, infrared rays warm the body and objects in the room, it is a very gentle warmth which creates an all round background warmth, once all items are warmed they give off warmth to heat the air, you may notice that the room thermostat can be set one or two degrees lower then with convection heating and the room still feel plenty warm enough, because you can “feel” the warmth on your skin. The heating can also be turned off a short while before leaving the room as the objects are still giving off heat to maintain warmth in the room, however, it is at this point when you realise just how much our bodies appreciate those infrared rays, just like the sun going in behind a cloud.

Most of our customers will say they do like the feeling of infrared warmth on the skin.

I am always very wary of companies who say they can save me huge amounts of money with grand claims. Because of this I am wary too of giving false claims on our own website, we try to state the facts and let the customer work out for themselves how much money they could save.

I was interested to read an article from Infrapower, the manufacturer of our heating panels, about their own trials to establish a true savings example. Infrared heating panels were compared with conventional gas central heating in two identical apartments over a five month period.

The result states “up to 50% energy savings were possible by using the infrared heating panels.”

“The average energy consumption over the five month trial period showed that the gas heaters consume almost three times more energy than electric to heat the same room.”

  1. Now depending on your gas and electric prices the savings will of course vary, but with the huge increase lately in gas prices and the slower rise in electric, along with the ability for many homes and businesses to generate their own electricity there will become a smaller cost difference. Gas prices have been going up by an average of 7% per year and electricity by 2.25% there will be a time when the prices are similar per unit.
  2. Infrared panels are heating the very body of the house, warming walls, furniture and people, therefore the house will maintain its warmth resulting in thermostats being turned down by one or two degrees again saving energy. Conventional heating systems only heat the air which is quickly chilled by cold walls or opening doors.
  3. Heating zones within the house with different programmers can ensure that only the rooms in use are fully heated, others may need background warmth only, this reduces energy consumption and avoids wasted heat. Most gas central heating systems have one programme, all radiators are either on or off wasting energy on heating rooms not in use.

All homes and situations are different, and whether you are heating a whole house or just one room there are some appliances which are more energy efficient than others, so it makes sense to buy one which will have lower running costs over a period of time and then you will save money.

Building Regulations 2010. Part P Electrical Safety in Dwellings. Updated 6th April 2013

Please read the full PDF here.

If you are planning on having your infrared heating panels installed after 6th April 2013 there are new electrical regulations you need to know about. Which state that any electrical equipment fitted into the home must comply with strictest safety measures and must be fitted by a Part P qualified electrician who will complete a BS7671 electrical installation certificate.

It states “Reasonable provision shall be made in the design and installation of electrical installations in order to protect persons operating, maintaining or altering the installation from fire and injury,” so that “they do not present electric shock and fire hazards to people.” The regulations identify bathrooms or whole new electrical circuits in particular.

We know many of you are having other electrical work done at the same time as installing our panels but occasionally we do get asked if you can install it yourself, so our official answer is no, a registered competent person should complete the work and issue a BS7671 electrical installation certificate for every job undertaken. These regulations apply to heating panels which are fully installed to programmers and the mains wiring. The regulations do not cover items which are merely plugged in.

We have again got some near infrared patio type heaters available, these are of good quality and durable design, ideal for those who are working outside in a workshop, garage or unheated garden room and need to keep their fingers warm in this very cold weather. Once fitted high on the wall the efficient heater is ready for whenever the weather turns chilly and is splash proof for leaving in the workshop all year round.

These near infrared heaters have a powerful 1400 watts that can really be felt through the cold air and have a simple bracket on the back for fixing to the wall which can be angled to suit; it can effectively radiate warmth across a good area for working in.

Multiheat have been asked for a more powerful heater by craftsmen working from unheated and poorly insulated workshops or sheds where our standard panels just would not be sufficient in this cold weather, these near infrared heaters provide a powerful and affordable solution and will certainly radiate plenty of warmth that can be felt on the face and hands to make work time more pleasurable. And now at a great price too! Only available from the special offers section of our website shop.

We already have our standard heating panels in some very special glorified sheds used for model making, a music studio and a rabbit hotel, I wonder where these outdoor heaters will go?