Looking for an Eco heating system? Try Infrared!

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Looking for an Eco heating system? Try Infrared!

Looking for an Eco heating system?

If you have moved in to a new home, or simply want to replace an old heating system with a new eco heating system then look no further than the infrared heaters we have here at Infrared4homes – the home of infrared heating!

So why are infrared heaters considered an eco-heating system – well the reason is to do with how they heat! Infrared heaters produce infrared (just like the name suggests!), this is different to the more conventional convection heating most people have in their homes.

Popular types of Infrared panels for houses

Infrared heaters are available for all room types and uses:

Why is infrared an Eco heating system?

Infrared is more efficient that convection heating because the heat is targeted – basically when you switch one of our Infrared eco heaters on, the heater warms up and once it gets to temperature (normally within 5 or so minutes) it starts emitting the infrared, which travels from the heater until it heats a solid object. The solid object, which could be furniture, a person or the wall will then absorb the infrared and this will cause the object to warm up and start emitting infrared itself.

This is quite a different heating approach from convection heating, like you find in wet central heating systems, for example. The centrally heated radiator radiator gets warm and heats any air in direct contact with it – this hot air rises (towards the ceiling) because it is less dense that the air surrounding it and circulates the air around the room, creating a warm layer on the ceiling and gradually cooling air all the way down to the floor. The reason a person feels warm in a convection heated room is because they are in direct contact with warm air.

This is the basis of convection heating versus infrared (or radiant heating). Now the reason the infrared is more efficient and considered an Eco heating system is because its heat transfer efficiency (directly into objects which become radiators themselves, rather than into air which rises to the ceiling) is much greater than you get by heating air.  You consequently need less wattage to feel comfortable. Also, couple this with the fact that infrared eco heating systems are less impacted by cold draughts – you have the most efficient electrical heating system!

Now it is worth mentioning electricity is more expensive per unit than gas, so if you do have an A or B rated gas central heating system then that will likely be cheaper to run (at the moment). Electricity costs about 12.5p/kwh while gas is about 3p/kWh – so you are looking at about 3-4 times the price to run an electric heating system. But gas central heating will slowly be phased out over the coming years and for many houses which are not on the gas grid, it is not an option to start with. Electric heating is without doubt the future in the UK – it already is in Europe – and when it comes to comparing electrical heating there really is only one winner – Infrared!

Other types of Infrared Heaters

Infrared4homes – the home of Eco heating systems!

If you are looking for an Eco heating system in your home, then look no further than our fantastic range of Herschel infrared heaters – mirrors, patio heaters, you can even get your favourite picture printed one of our infrared panel heaters, all at unbelievable prices!

Get your heating ready for winter with Herschel Infrared

Get ready for winter with infrared heating

Thinking about winter while it’s still warm outside might seem a bit mad – but hear us out! Now is the best time to plan your heating system for when the weather changes. If you’re fed up of feeling cold in your home, or your bills were higher than they should have been last winter, why not try something new? More and more people are turning to infrared for more effective, efficient heating.

How does infrared heating work?

Infrared heating runs off mains electricity, but is far cheaper than any other form of electric heating- and in some cases even cheaper than gas. What makes infrared different is that it works through radiation, not convection. Infrared heating is completely safe – it’s warms you in the same way as the sun!

With convection heating, such as that given off by radiators or storage heaters, the air that is heated can be lost easily through draughts. You heat up a room, open the door, and then suddenly it’s cold again. This isn’t an issue with infrared, because it doesn’t heat the air. It targets heat at solid objects, meaning it heats you directly – as well as the furnishings and the walls, floors and ceilings. This ‘thermal mass’ then continues to give off heat once the panels are switched off.

Popular infrared heater panels

What are the benefits of infrared heating?

It is efficient and cheap to run. It will keep you warm and can be controlled as part of a smart heating system for optimal results. The panels also look great – they take up less space than radiators, can even be hidden on the ceiling, and come in a range of finishes, including mirror and glass.

Infrared heating also helps discourage damp and mould, because it penetrates walls and helps keep them at a moderate temperature. Condensation occurs when a surface is a considerably different temperature than the air surrounding it, so by warming the walls, you will stop water vapour settling.

Infrared heating panels do not include fans, nor do they circulate hot water, so they are very low-maintenance. This means no hidden costs or DIY bleeding, balancing or replacing parts!

Infrared heating panels do not circulate dust or pollen around the room, so they are great or those who suffer with allergies.

Infrared radiation keeps you warm by increasing your blood circulation, which can also have benefits for your health.

Popular infrared outdoor heaters

Is infrared a good option for me?

If you have access to electricity, you have the budget for the initial installation costs, and you’re unhappy with your current heating system, then it could well be! The low running costs and aesthetics of infrared heating panels make them a great option for many homes. Give us a call at any time to talk through your requirements.