The North Devon Show – A great day out!
Yesterday Multiheat had a trade stand at The North Devon Show, we exhibited a range of our infrared heating panels and talked to lots of different people about the new technology set to revolutionise the way we think about heating our homes.
Here in rural North Devon many homes are restricted to electric heating, there is no mains gas to the villages and not every home has the outdoor space to fit an oil tank or air source heat pump, plus those methods can prove very costly to install! We explained how even new storage heaters are wasteful of energy and not particularly user friendly. Infrared heating panels are very easy to install and the wiring and choice of programming can be entirely up to you, from a simple plug and switch to fully wired up central heating programmers, it up to you!
As always we spoke to people who had very differing heating needs – we now have a range of infrared heater designs to meet all those situations, from cold churches, rented flats, old houses, large schools, little barn conversions, garden rooms and shepherds huts.
And if you visit Exmoor Zoo the monkeys use our infrared heating panels in their indoor enclosure! We had a chat with the keepers at the Zoo bugs and beasts stand at The North Devon Show and they said the monkeys were very happy last winter!
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 receiver unit can be mounted on the wall or hidden in a cupboard. If you are using two thermostat programmers in the house, i.e one downstairs and one upstairs, they will need to be set to different frequencies so the thermostat unit talks to its matching receiver, occasionally other electrical equipment will interfere and you will need to find an alternative frequency, but this is all easy to do on the units.
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.
High ceilings cause all sorts of problems when it comes to heating. As we all know hot air rises, so when we have a high ceiling the temperature at the high point can be as much as 6-8 degrees centigrade warmer than at floor level.
High ceilings also cause problems for radiant heaters like infrared, where the strength of the radiated warmth weakens the further it has to travel. Typically 3.5 to 4.0 metre ceilings and higher cause these problems.
In a standard house where the ceiling height is typically just 2.4 metres high, none of these problems arise, although convected heat can still give a significant difference in temperature between ceiling and floor indicating a waste of energy. Radiant heaters on the other hand that do not try to heat the air up first can give you a much even temperature between floor and ceiling.
So, how do we get around heating a room or building with high ceilings.
In an industrial environment we use radiant heat from industrial heaters, our industrial range can heat a room with ceilings in excess of 6 metres, but probably do not look as good in a house, or office environment. We can though fit the heaters on the wall. The heaters will still radiate out and if it is a large room you have a heater on opposite walls. These will heat floor, ceiling and other fabric in the room, providing the full efficiencies of using infrared radiant heaters that most standard rooms will get if the heater is placed on the ceiling.
So, contact us today and ask us how our infrared heating solutions can heat your high ceiling rooms or building as the calculation of how much power is needed is far different from the standard 50 watts per square metre of floor space.
High output infrared panels are an ideal solution to get over high ceilings where standard infrared heating panels struggle to perform.
As a general rule standard infrared heating panels start to lose power at around 3-3.5 metres – I liken it to when you shine a torch down the garden on a dark night. The light starts to fade at some point and whilst you can see to the end of the patio, you still cannot see to the end of the garden. Infrared being in the light spectrum struggles with distance in the same way.
One way to overcome this is to place the standard panels on the wall, but energy is lost in that some is heading for the ceiling and not heating the areas that need heating, so an ideal solution is to use high output infrared panels, or high output radiant panels to give them another name. After all, infrared is radiated.
They can be used at ceiling heights of 8 metres but shouldn’t be used lower than 3.5 metres.
At 5m – 8m in height they can be used to provide a full heating solution, but at a height of 3.5m – 4.5m they are best suited as localised spot heating. The radiant surfaces can reach temperatures of 260 degrees centigrade and are an ideal way of providing thermal comfort in commercial and industrial buildings. They can be fixed to the ceiling with an auxiliary frame or suspended on drop rods or chains.
Why not call Kevin or Heather on 01237 451759 if you have a hard to heat building with high ceilings – we’d be glad to give you more information.
Outdoor Terrace Heaters – elegant and efficient. Elegant for indoor use and efficient for outdoor use.
The new Multiheat Terrace heater is designed for those requiring a permanent stylish heating system for the home and garden lifestyle, in under cover or semi covered areas sheltered from wind and rain. Ideal for the open plan living kitchen with bifold doors onto terrace area, conservatory, sun room, balcony or decked seating. Use on the ceilings both indoors and out to maintain a sleek appearance and to make use of your outdoor space all year round.
Far infrared warmth is comfortable on the body, similar to sitting in gentle spring sunshine, there is no fierce heat or terrible orange glare unlike cheap patio heaters. Far infrared is more energy efficient than halogen, quartz or gas heaters, heating people directly, and is therefore much cheaper to use and more effective!
Constructed from the highest quality materials designed to provide many years of service. Both models are rated IPx4, are maintenance free and come with a two year guarantee. We recommend an approved electrician is used to permanently install your heaters although they do come with all the fixings to simply fix to the wall and plug in!
Where do I position the programmer for my infrared heating panels?
The Salus RT500 rf programmer is designed to run with all sorts of central heating systems, wet radiators, boilers or infrared heating panels, it is very versatile. As such it does not need to be next to the heater itself but can be hidden if you prefer, the programmer can run one panel or all the heaters in every room of the house, the choice is yours how to best heat your home for flexibility and energy efficiency.
If you were running a wet radiator system the chances are the receiver would be positioned in the airing cupboard and the programmer in the hallway.
Electric infrared heating is fully controllable by having each room or zone of the house controlled by a separate programmer. The wireless receiver can be positioned on the wall, perhaps above the door, in a cupboard or even in the loft space above ( just make sure there is no chance of the unit becoming damp or wet). In the first instance you will need to set the radio frequencies on each receiver and matching programmer so that they only talk to each other and do not interfere with another in the house, but once this is done their is little reason to need to get at the unit again!
In the picture the receiver is up on the wall where it joins the ceiling, the electrician fitted the heating panel in the centre of the ceiling, taking the cables to the outside wall, drilled a hole down from the ceiling to attach into the receiver box and then joined the cables to the fuse board out in the porch. Thus creating a new wiring circuit for the downstairs heaters back to the fuse box, plus each heater has its own isolator switch, enabling each room to be switched off if need be. The same was done upstairs but the receiver was positioned in the airing cupboard.
The programmer needs to be somewhere accessible, it is very easy to change the set times and temperatures as the seasons change, and also to boost the temperature setting if the weather suddenly turns chilly. The programmer is also the thermostat and will read the room temperature, so make sure you position it carefully so that it does not pick up false readings, from sun shining in through the window or warmth from the heater itself. It can stand on a shelf or be mounted on the wall.
Long gone are the days when your central heating system was either on or off.
When they were on they were controlled by a single thermostat that you had to either turn up if you were too cold, or down of you were too hot.
The modern thermostat controllers are now on all the time and you set the temperature at the level you want at a certain time of the day, so for example, when you get up the set point is 21 degrees C, but when you go to work the set point is set at 14 degrees C, when you come home from work the set point may be 18C, increasing to 21C when it is time to sit down to watch TV, and when it is bed time it is reduced to 14C. The set points on thermostats now give you flexibility for full control.
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New plug and go infrared panel heater. £254.99
A simple idea for bringing cheap to run warmth to a room without the hassle and noise of cheap fan heaters or bulky electric heaters.
60cm x 60cm white panel with aluminium feet, a long 3 metre cable, and easy to operate thermostatic programmer.
Now that the weather is warming up and you don’t really need the full central heating on, this neat heating panel can be plugged into the living room, bedroom or office just to provide a little extra warmth. Feel that gentle infrared warmth on your body – similar to sitting in the sun, now inside your home!
The thermostatic programmer can be set to come on and off as your day suits, no need to worry about leaving the heater on and wasting electricity. The thermostat will turn the heating off once the desired room temperature is achieved.
Slimline design for easy storage when you no longer need the heater.
Available from stock with a 4 to 7 day delivery time.
Many of our customers will tell you that infrared heating does give off a nice “feeling” of warmth and they really like infrared, and from experience in our own homes and office we know that infrared heating is far more pleasant than hot air heating, we always keep the health benefits a bit low key, its not a miracle cure as some websites would have you believe but it certainly does help. It seems common sense that as the infrared is warming the skin directly it will warm you more deeply and that if there is no change to the air conditions then it will alleviate the symptoms of hot dry stuffy air and fewer dust and pollen particles being blown around will reduce the likelihood of any bronchial problems. So we found this article from our friends at IR Heating in Canada very informative about the health benefits of infrared heating in Yoga Studios, with two lovely videos from the yoga enthusiasts themselves! And some smashing pictures of the panels fitted on the ceiling. Read the blog here. IR Heating supply the same product as us.
Do you need a cheap to run electric heater?
Whether it is for the bathroom, living room or study, an infrared heating panel can provide cheap to run electric heating to one room as a standalone heating solution or in conjunction with central heating.
Infrared panels can be fitted to the wall or ceiling and easily controlled to provide you with comfortable warmth at an affordable price.
A 600 watt panel converts almost all of its energy consumption to heat – no fans, lights or noise – and is therefore very energy efficient. At a tariff of 13 pence per unit this heater will cost around 7 pence per hour to heat a room up to 12 square metres and significantly less once the room is warm and the room temperature is controlled by a programmer.
Electric heaters are easy to install to a simple plug switch, timer plug or to a thermostatic programmer, the choice is yours.
Infrared heaters work differently to conventional warm air heating, infrared warms people and objects directly, you can feel the warmth on your body, heating directly uses less energy and therefore costs less money. Once the objects within the room are warmed, they give off warmth to heat the air, being surrounded by warm things is much more comfortable than being surrounded by cold things, just imagine sitting in a room surrounded by cosy warmth plus, once the room is generating its own warmth the heater does not have to work so hard and its energy consumption decreases, by using a room thermostat and turning the temperature down by one or two degrees you can still feel comfortable and save even more money!