Looking to buy commercial infrared heaters?

Looking to buy commercial infrared heaters?

Need an efficient heating system for your office? Look no further than our range of commercial infrared heaters. If you don’t have access to gas in your office and are reliant on outdated electric radiators, now is the perfect time to install one of our efficient infrared heating systems – not only will you see far lower energy bills, but you are will also have a far more stylish heating system!

Why are commercial infrared heaters more efficient?

Most heating systems warm up the air temperature in a room – the reason the occupants feel comfortable is is that they are surrounded by this nice warm air. This is the case for radiators, storage heaters and other electric heaters – this type of heating is known as convection heating.

Infrared heating doesn’t heat the air – instead it heats solid objects (surface area). These solid objects absorb the infrared and warm up as a result. This is the same concept as standing in direct sunlight and feeling the warmth of the sun even during the middle of winter; this too is infrared!

As a result of this, if you compare one of our commercial infrared heaters with a standard commercial convection heater, our infrared heaters will heat a far larger space if the two heaters had similar wattage. Looking at it another way, you can use a lower wattage commercial infrared heater to heat a space that has been heated with a convection heater in the past. This means tangible energy savings because less electricity is used to run the heater for each hour / minute / second it is on!

Take for example our Herschel Pulsar heater – at 2.4kW, that is a pretty sizeable heater – but this will heat 25m2 if positioned 3m above the ground. If you were trying to heat an equivalent space with convection heating, you would require 4kW of heat.

What if my office is heated by a central heating system?

If your office is heated by a central heating system (i.e. it uses mains gas), then normally we would recommend sticking with that – the reason being that mains gas is much cheaper than electricity.

There are a couple of reasons though that you may want to make the switch anyway. Firstly, if the existing central heating system is very old, then you may wish to install our commercial infrared heaters, just because you reduce ongoing maintenance costs and also improve efficiency. Remember our electric heating systems are ‘plug in and go’ (although we do normally recommend running them through thermostats / intelligent heating controls) – there are no pipes carrying water that have the potential to leak!

The other reason is that our commercial infrared heaters are more stylish – take a look at this office we installed a few of our heaters in below. The stylish design of these particular infrared heaters makes them stand out and these ones specifically mean you can do away with heaters that are at ground level and attached to the wall, freeing up more space.

Looking to buy commercial infrared heaters?

We only sell the very best commercial infrared heaters – all of our infrared heaters come with a 5 year warranty as a minimum so you can be sure the heaters are made to last. If you are looking to buy commercial infrared heaters then look no further than infrared4homes!

Should you replace your Storage heaters with infrared heaters?

We are getting more and more customers calling us wondering whether to replace storage heaters with infrared heating panels in their home.

Our answer is always YES – but read on to find out why….

Why make the switch away from Storage heaters over to infrared heaters?

Storage heaters take advantage of Economy 7 or Economy 10 tariffs – basically the homeowner has two rates for electricity, a cheaper rate and a more expensive rate. The cheap rate is used to charge the storage heaters and then this stored heat can be released during the day as and when it is required.

Normally the cheaper rate of electricity is offered during the evening hours. The number 7 in Economy 7 refers specifically to the number of hours the cheaper electricity is offered. For the remaining 17 hours of the day, the electricity is more expensive. Likewise, for Economy 10, you get 10 hours of ‘cheap’ electricity and 14 hours of more expensive electricity.

Typically though, the expensive rate is REALLY expensive – we just had a quick look at uSwitch, one of the Government approved switching companies, and EDF (one of the Big Six energy companies) offers a standard Economy 7 tariff where the expensive, day time electricity is 16.27 pence kWh (although the cheaper night time rate is 5.970p / kWH).

On a standard tariff where you just have one rate – most suppliers are offering electricity for just over 10p / kWh at the moment. The benefit of this is that it can be used whenever and you still just pay 10p / kWh.

The reason that Economy 7 exists is mainly a historical reason – historically we have had big old power stations that can’t be turned off at night (nuclear and coal power plants for example), so there is electricity being produced that no one wanted. Economy 7 was introduced to boost demand for this unwanted electricity – cheaper electricity = increased demand!

A huge number of people still use storage heaters to heat their homes and therefore have an Economy 7 meter, but there are a few reasons why you might want to reconsider switching.

1. You use more electricity during the day and pay more for it on Economy 7

Firstly, consider when an Economy 7 household typically uses electricity.

During the summer months, 90% + of electricity will be used during the day, as there is no heating. Evening during the winter months when heating is required, the split might only be 50% : 50% daytime to evening, because most people are asleep at night and therefore not using electricity to do their everyday activates, TV, lighting, cooking etc.

The key here is that actually the amount of electricity you use at night (cheap rate) compared the electricity used during the day (expensive rate) is very low. So you will be paying more on your electricity bill when on an Economy 7 tariff compared to a standard single rate tariff regardless that your storage heating is consuming the energy only overnight.

2. Storage heater consumption on cheap rate is not money-saving

If your room requires 1.5 kilowatt of heat during the day, the storage heater consumes 3.3kW of electricity during the night to deliver this. That is 20 pence of cheap rate electricity versus 15p on a standard daytime tariff delivered by a direct-response heater like an Infrared panel.

Additionally because storage heaters don’t retain their charge over the full course of the following day (even a brand new storage heater won’t retain 100% of its charge until the next evening and older storage heaters can discharge all their heat well before the next evening) you have to use a direct acting heater, like an Infrared panel to top up anyway.  Energy performance assessments made on houses where Storage is the primary heating mandate an additional 10-15% direct acting heating during the day. So you will be adding 10-15% of peak rate daytime consumption to your already expensive storage solution.

 

Making the switch from Storage heaters to Infrared Heaters

You may have noticed we are called infrared4homes – we can’t recommend this technology enough – and you will see why we are so excited about infrared as a new, highly efficient heating form.

So how do you go about making the switch.

  1. Switch to a single tariff electricity meter

The first thing is to get rid of your old Economy 7 or Economy 10 meter – you won’t be needing it anymore. Instead you need to get a new standard single rate meter installed – in order to do this, you need to speak to your existing energy provider and get them to come and change the meter.

They know they are on a good thing by having you on these Economy 7 / Economy 10 tariffs, so they will try hard to keep you on them – our advice is resist! Once they know you are definitely going to change to a single rate tariff, they will then try to offer you some ‘great deals’ on these tariffs – again resist, do not tie yourself into a 12-month contract with your existing supplier, because there will almost certainly be cheaper single tariff rates out there.

  1. Find a better single rate tariff

Remember the electricity you get out of your plugs is the same regardless of the company that supplies it – it is all 100% identical, regardless of who bills you.

So the aim is to find the supplier who offers the cheapest rate, that will allow you to benefit from cheaper electricity all day long, all year round. There are two ways to go about this – the first is use a Government approved comparison site like Uswitch, they do everything for you, getting in touch with your existing supplier and your new supplier to make the switch as smooth as possible.

>> Access USwitch by clicking here <<

The second way is to ring around the energy providers (if you want to save time, our advice is definitely to use a comparison site!) and work out which is cheapest. We would normally avoid the big six, not that we particularly dislike them, but more because they have enormous fixed overheads so their electricity tariffs always seem to be a bit higher than the average. Try giving a company like Ovo or First Utility a call – they are much smaller and tend to have better customer service.

So you now have your cheaper single rate tariff – time to go shopping (on infrared4homes ideally….)

  1. Buy your new infrared heaters

Choosing infrared heaters is pretty simple when you know how, but it is a relatively new technology so the best thing to do is give us a call and we can talk you through how to size the different infrared panels up, where to place them and the differences between all the different heaters we offer. Popular storage heater replacements are:

If you want to size the panels yourself, read our sizing guide which you can access by clicking here. Alternatively contact us for help and we will happily give you an estimate.

If you want to know the best place to position the panels, read our positioning guide which you can access by clicking here

You may have a few further questions, click here for our FAQ which tries to answer commonly asked questions.

  1. Get a qualified installer to install them for you

This isn’t a must since all our panels are plug in and go, but for the best experience we always recommend getting the infrared heaters hard wired into your home with proper heating controls (i.e. thermostat / timer) and for this you need a qualified electrician. Once again, we have a list here at Infrared4homes, so call us and ask, but to be honest any qualified electricity should be able to do it, the heaters are very simple to install.

  1. Sit back, enjoy a nice warm home and lower bills

Step 5 is our favourite, sit down, pour yourself and drink and enjoy your new, stylish heating system!

If you do have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the comments below!

Benefits of infrared highlighted in mainstream media this morning!

It is not normally my paper of choice, however this morning the Daily Mail ran an article over the launch of infrared Saunas and the associated health benefits. At infrared4Homes we have been shouting about the virtues of infrared heating for much longer, but it is good that this incredible technology is now making the mainstream news. If you are looking to benefit from all the advantages of infrared then look no further than our selection of infrared heaters, we are fast becoming the retailer of choice for high quality infrared heaters here in the UK.

Health benefits of infrared are numerous!

One of the key benefits drawn out in the article was the impact of infrared on health – it stated that ‘Infrared saunas can elevate the heat rate similarly to cardiovascular exercise so it’s a wonderful option for people who are unable to get their heart rate up with exercise. Heat from an infrared sauna can also help loosen muscles and relieve joint pain.’ We are aware that it is unlikely people are going to use infrared in their homes in the same way as an infrared sauna, but it is good to know that there are health benefits associated with the technology.

No convection currents, no allergies!

Another big health benefit of infrared that was not mentioned in the article was that it helps people with allergies. When you have the older, more traditional heating systems in your home like central heating systems with radiators you get convection currents. I.e. the cold and warm air are continually circling around the rooms, as the warm air rises and the cool air sinks. With infrared, it heats solid objects directly rather than warming the air – so you don’t get these convection currents. This is important because it is these convection currents that carry allergens around the room – therefore by using infrared instead of a more traditional heating system – people who suffer from allergies will have much reduced symptoms – another fantastic benefit of infrared heating but one that is often overlooked.

One thing that we do hear from time to time is that infrared is dangerous – well we can assure you that infrared heating is 100% safe. Did you know your own body even emits infrared radiation? The infrared radiation emitted is next to visible light on electromagnetic spectrum (both are safe) and is not to be confused with X-rays or ultraviolet which can cause harm.

Aside from the health benefits, there are other advantages of infrared too – one is that the infrared heaters can simply be hung on the wall or ceiling and plugged into the mains, this means that there is no costly pipework to lay (as with wet central heating systems) and they are incredibly slim in terms of profile – these panels are also completely silent when they are on – no more noisy heating.

Infrared4Homes – the home of infrared heating!

Last but not least, our infrared heaters come in a huge variety of finishes, so are suitable for almost any setting; white, glass, mirrored, painted or disguised as a photo canvas – infrared4homes has you covered!

Herschel Select XL Infrared Panel review

This week’s blog is a review of Herschel’s Select XL infrared heater. This is a relatively new product in the line up, launched late last year, so we asked (bribing with M&S vouchers!) one of our recent customers to give us her thoughts:

I was asked by Infrared4Homes to provide a review of the Select XL panels that I bought for my home. To set the scene a little, we moved into a modern property just outside Guildford at the beginning of the year. It has 3 bedrooms on the top floor and a kitchen and living room downstairs. The house sits at the end of a terrace, but one of the first things we did when we moved in was to install cavity wall insulation which made the house a lot warmer.

The house was built in the early 90s and had storage heaters instead of a central heating system. I don’t have a problem with electric heating at all as my first flat had the same set up! The issue with the storage heaters was more that they are big bulky units and 2 of them in the bedrooms were broken. Not ideal when it is cold outside.

Electric heating  – endless choices!

We did quite a lot of research via the internet, and looked at all sorts of options including the Fisher storage heaters, the new Dimplex Quantum Storage heaters and the Riointe Kyros heating system as well as infrared. We even ended up getting a quote from British Gas for a new central heating system, but it was extremely expensive!

Infrared turned out to be the best fit for a couple of reasons. Firstly it was the best value (along with the Kyros heaters) because an average size heater is about £300. The storage heaters started at about £700 so were more than twice the price.

The second reason was the fact the infrared heaters were very low profile, so were pretty non-obtrusive in our home.

Choosing the right infrared heaters!

I know there are loads of infrared heaters now available, so our next task was finding one that would suit our needs. We came across infrared4homes while looking on the internet so we thought we would give them a call for a bit of help. I know we have been given some vouchers to write this, but I can honestly say they were incredibly helpful, explaining all the different types of electric heating available.

One of the major things when moving from storage heaters to another form of electric heating was to change the electric meter in our home. We were told to give E.On (our energy provider) a ring and get our meter switched from Economy 7 to a standard meter.

In terms of infrared, we were informed we had a huge amount of choice, but the Herschel infrared heaters are pretty much brand leaders now here in the UK. Infrared4homes also don’t deal with infrared heating panels with a guarantee of fewer than 5 years, which certainly put my mind at rest.

Select XL infrared heaters – the perfect balance of budget and style!

I’m really pleased with the panels. Select XL are just right, as we wanted to balance budget with style. These were still affordable, but we wanted to avoid the cheapest Select panels, as we didn’t want the frame. They start working really quickly and you can feel the heat almost straight away, unlike with radiators, because you’re not waiting to heat all the air in the room. When I turn them off I can still feel the heat for quite a while afterwards.

We got the Select XL panels the very next day after placing our order. On the advice from Infrared4Homes, we got a local electrician to install them for us and it took him just under a day to install all 6 panels! The bit we did decide to spend a bit more on was the ability to be able to control the heating from our phones (this was a request from my husband!). This involved installing the heaters with smart thermostats in each of the rooms and a central unit linked to our smart phones. It means we can control each room individually and turn the heating on, off, up or down with just a couple of taps.

The panels really do work great and they are very discreet on the wall, so I really would recommend infrared heating to anyone!