Infrared Heat: Commonly Asked Questions
Most houses come fitted with central heating: a system that works solely on convection heat. This works by heating air and circulating it around a room, and the problem with this is that it isn’t particularly efficient, it doesn’t heat a room quickly, and there are several things that could go wrong.
Because of this, homeowners all over the country are looking for heating alternatives. Systems that are more reliable, easier to maintain, and generally more efficient. A quick Google search later and they find infrared heat, which is a relatively new heating phenomenon.
We understand that you might have a few questions about infrared heat and how it works, so we’ve decided to answer the most common questions than people have about the system.
What is infrared heat?
Infrared heaters work by harnessing the power of radiation. They heat a room in the same way that the sun heats the earth, using the ‘infrared’ part of the electromagnetic spectrum to transfer heat energy directly to an object. Where convection heat warms up the air in a room, infrared heat will send infrared heat to people and things, cutting out the inefficient process of circulating air around the room.
What are the benefits of infrared heat?
There are a number of benefits to infrared heats when compared with convection heating…
- It heats the room faster because the heat is direct.
- Because it directly warms you up, no air needs to be circulated around the room, making it safer for asthma sufferers.
- It can help to combat damp in your home.
- It is suggested that infrared heat can improve circulation.
- There isn’t any complicated pipework needed – all you have to do is plug the unit in and you’re good to go!
- It is more energy efficient than a convection heater making it more eco-friendly as well.
Is infrared heating safe?
When you hear the word ‘radiation’, you probably think of the dangerous nuclear radiation, but infrared is far from that. In fact, we interact with radiation every single day. Light is a form of electromagnetic radiation, your microwave uses radiation to heat your food up, and the heat that you feel from the sun is how we commonly experience infrared radiation.
Is infrared heating energy efficient?
Because of the way that infrared radiation works, the space feels warmer in a shorter space of time than if you were to use a different type of heater (plus heat is released by the objects within the room after they have absorbed as much heat energy as they can). This means that you turn your heaters off sooner than if you were using a different system, saving you money and using less energy.
Is infrared heat better than electric heat?
After carrying out a study with Salford University, we found that our heaters are more energy efficient and cost effective than typical electric heaters. They were found to heat the property faster than an electric heater and cost less to run than alternative forms of heat.
Can infrared heaters heat a house?
You may be used to seeing infrared heaters outdoors rather than indoors, but panel-style infrared heaters can be used indoors as well. Our units come with a handy smartphone app that allows you to create zone controls for your property, meaning you can choose the temperature of different areas of your house (or room).
Infrared: The Future of Heating
With homeowners looking for a more eco-friendly, energy-efficient heating alternative, infrared is emerging as a leading technology when it comes to home heating. If you’re on the lookout for a new way to bring your energy bills down and be more efficient, take a look at our range of heaters and smart-home devices.