Did you know that electric heaters are not currently tested on the EU energy efficiency ratings reports for domestic electrical equipment?
The EU regulations currently state that only the following appliances need to be tested
- Washing machines, washer-dryers and tumble dryers
- Fridges, freezers and fridge freezers
- Electric ovens
- Energy-saving light bulbs
- Air conditioners
You will have seen the rating system of A to D with many manufacturers improving the efficiency of their products and gaining A* ratings which is brilliant for energy conscious home owners wanting to lower their fuel bills.
It is very difficult to compare electric heaters because they have very different attributes for different purposes and situations and so one set EU test would not show the true benefits of each type of product.
Small fan heaters are excellent for instant short term warmth, they use a lot of electrical power to blow hot air into a space. But for all day warmth they would be hugely expensive and wasteful as the warm air is constantly cooled by the cold surroundings.
Storage heaters are excellent for those at home requiring gentle constant warmth, but as they consume cheaper night time electricity to really get the benefit, all other electrical items should be set to run in the night too, this is not always practical. To top up warmth when the stored heat has gone uses the more expensive day time rates and at a high consumption level too.
Halogen portable heaters and wall mounted convector heaters are a cheap and easy solution but they are unsightly and have a short lifespan. They generally are quite high wattage and therefore consume higher levels of electricity.
Infrared heating panels can be installed to give timed and temperature controlled heating to one room or the whole house, allowing you flexibility and control over the energy use. The energy consumption per heater is very low and reduces lower once the room is warm. Infrared warms people and objects so once they are generating warmth the heater does not have to work so hard and its energy consumption drops. Infrared heaters can work for instant warmth or all day comfort at an energy efficient rate.
Multiheat donate to charity.
From every sale of a heating panel or programmer Multiheat give a donation to a charity working to support families around the world, by simply providing a fruit tree and the tools to tend it, our donation will feed the family an important healthy and nutritious part of their diet, any surplus can be sold to provide an income and improve the families chances in a difficult world. For young children these are vital nutrients to aide growth and development.
We also assist with building school gardens and education about the environment we live in and how to carefully maintain it.
In November we gave 115 fruit trees to poor families across the world.
Can infrared heat large open areas?
Yes if you position a number of infrared heating panels evenly across a large area, office complex, warehouse or fitness studio they will provide comfortable warmth with no hot spots or cold areas.
Multiheat have recently supplied a number of infrared heating panels into a warehouse building which needs to be temperature controlled to around 19 degrees constantly. A refurbishment company have been called in to install energy efficiency measures to reduce the overall running costs of the warehouse, measures such as highly insulated walls, reducing the ceiling height and therefore volume of air to be heated, insulation above the ceiling, and rapid roll insulated shutter doors all reduce the chance of the warmed air escaping or being chilled. For this warehouse of 284 square meters a number of infrared heating panels were evenly positioned across the ceiling, using a maximum of 20.4 kilowatts per hour, although when fitted to the programmer and thermostats we anticipate the heating system will use significantly less energy than this.
Infrared heating panels were chosen as an affordable and energy efficient heating solution for a number of reasons.
- Affordable solution to purchase and install
- No specialist installation required
- Easy and fast to install with little disruption
- Energy efficient for low running costs
- Provides even warmth across the whole space
- Heaters are safely positioned in the suspended ceiling tiles and not liable to damage from pallet trucks or movement of goods
- No maintenance or annual servicing costs
How to get the best from your bathroom mirror heater
Our mirror finish infrared heating panels are IP 44 rated for use in bathrooms, this means splash proof, so the mirror can be positioned above the wash basin, or on the wall close to where you get dried from showering, you want the heater positioned so that you can stand in front of it and feel the gentle warmth on your body.
Infrared heating panels take a few minutes to warm up, you can feel the infrared warmth from the panel but it will take a while to remove the chill from the air, this will obviously depend on the initial room temperature and your expectations of ideal temperature, so warming times will vary, personally, I find after half an hour you can really feel the difference but on very cold days this might be longer.
How does the infrared work? The panel needs to reach optimum surface temperature before it will give off infrared energy to warm you, so if the room is very cold it will take longer for the panel surface to heat up, if you just pop into the bathroom to brush your teeth and turn the heater on expecting warmth it probably will only just have had time to reach optimum temperature before you have finished! By leaving the panel on for the hour or so whilst waking and going in and out of the bathroom the heater will have reached optimum temperature before you use the bathroom and will then give off gentle warmth to warm the people and objects within the room and the air.
How warm do objects get? In the picture, the toothbrush on the shelf below the mirror heater will not be cold but neither would it be too warm, the heater increases the temperature just by a couple of degrees to make comfortable gentle warmth. A towel hung over a towel rail in front of the heater becomes nicely warm but not hot as on some heated towel rail. It is a very gentle warmth.
It is important you chose the right size panel for your room. Every home and situation is different, chose the heating panel size that suits your needs, if your house becomes very cold overnight, or you have a damp, condensation and mold situation chose a larger heater to compensate. If your bathroom is very well insulated and has an excellent extractor to remove moisture then a smaller heater is all that is needed. It is always better to chose a slightly more powerful heater than maybe necessary because it will reach optimum temperature more quickly, to heat the room more quickly and give off more direct warmth to warm you!
Controlling the heater. The heaters do not have any switches or controls themselves, this would spoil the clean lines of the design. There are various ways of controlling the heater to suit your requirements. A simple pull cord on /off switch can be fitted on the ceiling. Or a timed switch. Or a thermostatic programmer, for full control of the heating and a comfortable warm bathroom.
Getting the best from your bathroom mirror heater. Set the programmer to turn the heating on about half an hour before you get up in the morning, to about 21 degrees C, and when every one leaves home for work set it to maintain around 17 degrees throughout the day and raise the temperature again in the evening when you get in from work to 21 degrees again. From this setting you can then vary it to suit your daytime routine. By having the heating on for a while before showering will prevent the mirror misting up, by leaving the heating on after showering will help dry the walls and towels.
Infrared warms the walls and objects very gently to create an all round feeling of comfort when left on for long periods.
For businesses, offices, restaurants or schools for example, our heating panels are best fitted onto the ceiling, out of the way from accidental damage, freeing up wall space and not compromising the design decor, they can be fitted into a suspended ceiling, fitted directly to the ceiling or in this case in the newly refurbished function room at Portmore Golf Club a carpenter has cleverly created this wonderful ceiling feature ready for the heaters to fit into.
To make this creative framework for infrared heating panels on the ceiling the carpenter has allowed space for air to flow around the sides and back of the heating panel and also allowed a large hole – where the cabling will drop through – as this will also allow any warmth to escape, preventing the panels from overheating, the small gap between the frame and ceiling also conceals LED strip lighting which can be programmed in different colours to match the mood and colour scheme of the event! You can just make out the screws ready to clip and slide the heater in place, the heating panel will eventually sit at exactly the same depth as the lighting panels either side creating a flush co-ordinated ceiling feature.
Portmore Golf Glub near Barnstaple, North Devon. A very relaxed and friendly golf club with beautiful dining room for anyone fancying lunch out and soon to have a smashing function room too!
Multiheat – Why choose us?
When buying something off the internet how do you know you will receive just what you are expecting and receive good follow up service should anything be amiss? Multiheat have built a reputation for good customer service and honest practical advice over the past seven years.
Firstly, our website gives as much information as possible for customers to read about infrared heating, we want you to fully understand how infrared differs from traditional heating so that you can make it work most effectively and efficiently in your situation.
Secondly, we rarely sell an item without fully discussing the client’s needs and expectations, this might involve looking at architects drawings or photographs of the building and rooms, so that we are sure you will be happy with the warmth supplied by the heating panels. We are able to offer the support by drawing on our experience of heating very different situations, from modern homes to old buildings, massage rooms to music retreats. We try to give practical advice too, we have come up with ideas for more decorative ceiling features in a function room, along with programming ideas for specialist situations like musical instrument rooms. We aim to work with you and come up with a heating solution that suits your needs and pocket.
Thirdly, we are always happy to deal with any of your concerns after purchasing the heater, whether that is a simple conversation with your electrician at the time of install, a programming query, or a warranty claim, we will always deal with your concerns promptly.
Multiheat – Why choose us? For good customer service and honest practical advice , working with you to achieve your personal heating solution that suits you.
Heather and Kevin
Customer review of infrared home heating panels
“I bought the heaters in the UK (from MultiHeat) and decided they would work well in my house in France where I have oil fired central heating. The latter of course is very expensive to run so rather than have my central heating on during the day or when the house feels chilly I utilise my panels. In fact each is located in an area where we might sit or be during the day namely in front of the computer, the lounge or the kitchen. I have used one in the bedroom as can be seen. Each panel is actually hung on a secure picture hook and then a wire loop on the back of the heaters so they are easily taken down if required but they merge in quite well and I have not bothered to take them down whatever the season.
Typically in colder periods I will have the boiler come on for 30 minutes in the morning for hot water and a little central heating. Then after that I decide whether to have a panel on or not.
At home in the UK I have a further 4 panels – a mirror one in the bathroom – so lovely to have a shave in front of a warm clear mirror. Typically I use a timer on the bathroom panel where I have an auto turn off after 30 minutes so set it before making my morning cuppa leaving the bathroom very pleasant and ready for my shower. If the sun is out then I consider it all free as I have solar panel for electricity. I then have a small model on the wall behind me in the kitchen so on chill days I keep warm in front of the computer. I have a panel behind the sofa in the lounge and that is connected to a remote control and we use that throughout the year as and when we need it – sometimes in spring or autumn it’s actually cooler in the house than outside! I also have a small panel on little legs that I use in my ‘office’ and use as and when I need it.”
So, all in all I am most happy at the flexibility the panels give me to have heat or not without charging up the whole central heating system. I had been going to purchase a picture panel for the lounge (to replace the panel up and behind the sofa) but I admit however after first thinking a white panel will look odd in the lounge it does in fact merge into the room quite easily and we never even notice it. In terms of running costs then I all I can say is that I have never even noticed any increased cost – in fact my monthly DD in the UK went down this year! Of course there is a cost but certainly insignificant using the panels the way I have.
One of the main selling points of infrared heating is that it doesn’t heat the air directly, it heats objects up. With many traditional forms of heating it is all about convection of air. The air is warmed, the warm air rises, and as the cooler air drops it is heated and rises and so on, until the air around you is nice and warm and hence you are warm, however, this can use a lot of energy.
With infrared heating, the infrared is heating you up directly, transferring heat from the panel to you without the need for the air around you necessarily being warmed up. I often use the example of a cold day with the sun shining, we know it is cold outside but the sun is warming our backs when we are outside and we can feel that infrared warmth, but the air temperature isn’t warming up that much!
In an enclosed room, the infrared is heating not just you the person in the room, but it is heating the walls, the floor and the furniture, anything that it comes into contact with. Each of these items will in turn radiate heat so as the air passes it is also being warmed up. Not by the infrared directly, but indirectly.
The difference in temperature between floor and ceiling can be as little as 1 degree C giving you that all round feeling of warmth!
The ambient temperature in the room can be a few degrees lower than it would be traditionally because the infrared is continuing to warm you up plus warm objects around you makes you feel more comfortable.
So, does infrared heating heat up the air, of course it does, but not in the traditional convection heating way!