Are there any problems with using Infrared Heating?

Are there really any problems with using infrared heating?

Multiheat have been supplying infrared heaters for over ten years, so we have experience in knowing what works and what doesn’t! I do not think there are any known faults with the heaters but there are things you should look out for…

Surface size to wattage ratio. One of the things we have learnt over the years is that size matters! You must not have too higher wattage to a smaller panel. Our British voltage system varies with peaks and troughs of power, if a heating panel has 850 watts going into a surface area of just 60 x 120cm the surface needs to keep switching off to cool down and this causes internal wear and the heater will stop working. If comparing two panels of the same wattage, choose the one with the larger surface area. However, if the room has good ventilation and the heater is positioned centrally then it can be fine.

Is your own electricity supply in good order? Do your light bulbs regularly blow? We ask you to have your new heaters installed by a qualified electrician because we want you to get the best from infrared heating. Our British voltage system can spike and vary, this causes wear on all your electrical products, and maybe your wiring is quite old, or your fuse box out of date. Under these circumstances, a product designed for the European market where the voltage is much lower will struggle and stop working. Having the electrician out may add to your costs but he will make sure your wiring is up to current safety regulations.

Position your heater correctly. If a slick salesman calls to your door saying his company can save you hundreds of pounds on your heating bills, and then simply installs an infrared panel low on the wall next to a convenient plug socket, then I think you will be very disappointed with infrared heating! Your infrared panel gives off invisible light, imagine it is a torch beam, it must shine across as much of the room as possible, warming every surface which in turn will give off warmth to heat the air.

Position the heater sensibly. Again, imagining the heater as a torch beam, it should not be placed up a corner or close to another wall. In a tiny bathroom, you should not have a big heater, the torch beam effect will be very intense, warming the walls quickly which will generate warmth, and so the panel will need to switch off in order to cool down and switch back on again, over and over, this is not good, the workings will be under stress and the heater is likely to wear out and stop working after a few years.

The heater gets hot! Visitors to your home will not recognise the new mirror or white glass panel on the wall as being a radiator, it gets hot just like any other radiator, but please just be mindful that others do not touch the surface. It will not burn you, but it is very hot!

You get what you pay for. There are cheap heaters available, made in China, which give out a great amount of heat, some are a bit inconsistent and some give off no “feeling” of infrared at all – they are generally flimsy and have a nasty plastic finish. Fine for the workshop or a back office but not something you would be proud to look at everyday as part of your home decor. If a website does not say where their heaters are made then they are probably mass produced in China for the European market.

Do not choose a heater which is bigger than you really need. Your heater must be correctly sized for your building, insulation qualities and needs. If you have a heater which quickly reaches room temperature and then needs to switch off and back on again regularly, its internal workings will be under stress and wear out more quickly. Having two heaters in one room gives better flexibility.

Please give us a call, we are happy to discuss your project with you 01237 451759 or use the contact us form to send your room measurements and a few more details about your project.