10 reasons to consider buying infrared heaters

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10 reasons to consider buying infrared heaters

Infrared will save you money on your energy bills.
Remember infrared doesn’t heat the air – instead it works by heating solid objects directly. This is important because by heating surface area instead of volume, the like-for-like wattage required is much lower. Less electricity required = lower bills!
Infrared heaters are sleekly designed.
Some old storage heaters are over 200mm thick – that is quite the intrusion in your home, especially if you have them in every room. Our infrared heaters are thin – just 17mm including the bracket. If you can find a more sleekly designed heating system that can also do a fantastic heating job, we want to hear about it! We also can provide infrared heaters that double as mirrors or pictures.
Electric heating can be turned on and off as required on a room by room basis.
There is no denying gas is cheaper than electricity, but there are benefits of electric heating over gas. One is that it is incredibly easy to control– you can simply turn the heaters on and off in the rooms as required. This should mean you never heat a space unnecessarily. We also offer heating controls that can be used on your phone for further convenience.
Infrared is not impacted by draughts.
Infrared doesn’t heat the air, unlike convection heating (commonly radiators or storage heaters). With convection heating, the reason you feel warm is that the air is warm. If you have a draughty home then hot air can quickly escape through gaps around windows or the chimney. This means the room cools down, or the hot air needs to be replenished via the heating system, so the heating costs more to run than with infrared. Infrared provides a more uniform heating experience as well, since hot air rises (in the case of convection heating), meaning it gives a big vertical variation in temperature.
Infrared helps prevent condensation forming.
Hot air from convection heating often carries moisture. As convection doesn’t heat furniture, unlike infrared, these cold areas are perfect for water vapour to condense.

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Infrared helps eliminate damp.
Infrared is easily absorbed by water, so any damp in walls quickly absorbs the infrared and warms up, drying the walls out.
Infrared heating provides a more gentle heating experience.
Fed up of continually fluctuating temperatures in your homes? Then use infrared, since it is far more reactive than conventional convection heating.
Infrared is cheaper to install than other heating systems.
An infrared heating panel can cost as little as £194.00 and can be installed very simply. On big home renovations, you will already have the skills on site: no specialists are required (unlike almost every other type of heating!). We always recommend using a thermostat to control the panels, but even with this added cost, infrared is considerably better value than installing a wet central heating system in your home. This leads us nicely on to point 9.
Infrared is almost maintenance free.
Plumbers are expensive and a central heating system is going to require far more maintenance than a heating system with no moving parts. Infrared heaters are either on or off and there is no water moving through them, so there is very little to go wrong! 
Infrared reduces allergies.
There are no convection currents with infrared heating so allergens are not circulated around rooms, worsening symptoms for allergy sufferers.
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Thermograph showing the radiant effect of Infrared heating

How does infrared heating work?

We get a huge amount of interest in our infrared heaters – and one of the most common questions is simply ‘How does infrared heating work?’ Well, in this blog we thought we would try and answer exactly that.

Let’s set the scene using an analogy. Imagine you are standing outside in the middle of winter, but the sun is out. If you point your face to the sun, even though the air temperature is incredibly cold you still feel the warmth from the sun bathing your face. If you then step into the shade you suddenly feel quite how cold it is. Well the reason you feel warm when the sun is hitting you is the power of infrared!

See this video for a great explanation:

Infrared heat is also known as radiant heat and is about the most basic form of heating out there. Traditionally, in the home we use convection heating – this is where the air is warmed by radiators or storage heaters. This hot air can leak through walls, floors and ceilings over the course of time.

Why is radiant heating so efficient?

Infrared doesn’t heat the air – that is the fundamental difference. Instead it heats solid objects – this could be you or me, a piece of furniture, the walls – anything in the room! The infrared emitted by one of our infrared heaters travels until it hits a solid object. This absorbs the infrared and the molecules in the solid object vibrate and warm up, hence the nice warm feeling you get when you are stood in the sun, by a fire or in front of one of our infrared panels. The solid objects then radiate this heat back and keep the environment warm around you.

The sign of a quality infrared heater is its ability to emit infrared (I know that sounds a bit daft but read on!). Infrared heating panels don’t just produce infrared, they also emit some convection heat, but the ratio is approximately 80% infrared and 20% convection – with standard electric convection heaters, this ratio is reversed. The sign of a quality infrared heater is that it is emitting 80% or more infrared.

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Why should I be excited about infrared heating?

There are lots of advantages of infrared over traditional convection heating: the main one being that it is far more efficient. You are heating a surface rather than the air (so surface area versus volume); therefore you need a far lower wattage heater to provide the same thermal comfort. This is the main reason people are interested in infrared – infrared heaters use less electricity to provide the same level of heating in your home so they can be considered far more efficient.

Convection heats the air, and warm air has high relative humidity. Bearing in mind solid objects don’t warm, you are far more liable to condensation. Infrared heats solid objects but the air stays relatively cool, so condensation doesn’t form!

Water absorbs infrared really well – which provides two benefits. The first is that we (humans) are made up of mainly water, so we can absorb the infrared exceptionally well.

The other benefit is treating damp in walls. This water absorbs the infrared even better than a dry wall and as the temperature of the wall warms, the wall dries out. Once dry, the wall will then start emitting the heat back in to the room more effectively. Infrared therefore can dry out your home if you suffer from damp!

One of the main reasons people love our infrared products is their look! Compare a 17mm thick infrared heater (once you take into account the bracket to hold it on the wall or ceiling) with a 200mm storage heater. Couple this with the fact you can get them as mirrors, or even print pictures on them, infrared really is the winner!

If you would like to learn more about replacing storage heaters with infrared, please click here.