Infrared – The best heating solution for Landlords

So many articles you read online centre on insulating a house. As you may have read in one of our articles a few weeks back, the average home in the UK is a 3 bed semi. This means that companies tend to aim their products and marketing material at houses rather than flats and apartments. However, modern housing developments are seeing lots more flats being built due to the shortage of space and the cost of land and the question arises of what the best heating solution for landlords and tenants really is.


Insulation for flats

Most flats are surrounded by other properties which help to keep them warm. Further, flats tend to have been built after the 2nd World War, which means they have cavity walls. This makes them much warmer than most older properties.

Having said that, it is always worth looking at insulating your property. Cavity wall insulation might be tricky, because everyone in the block is going to have to agree to the works – you can’t just insulate one floor. The alternative is to insulate internally, which will lose you a bit of space in the flat, but can be done on an individual wall and won’t need to involve the neighbours. External insulation is a possible approach for solid walls, but again you would need the whole block to be done, and the works would be extensive and expensive.

How to heat your flat

Flats present some specific challenges in terms of heating. Space is always an issue, so a compact heating system is crucial. Electrical heating can be convenient, but it is often expensive compared to gas. Of course, many flats do not have a gas supply, especially high rises, so you have limited choice. This means there is usually a trade off somewhere along the line. The most popular heating methods are usually one of the following:

  • Combi Boiler – For a flat that has a gas supply, a combi boiler is a good choice. Gas heating is cheap and a combi doesn’t suffer from all the extra space that is taken up by a system boiler.
  • Community Heating – In larger blocks, a community boiler is often installed. These are usually fairly cheap to run and only need radiators in the property, but the controls then become really important, and you may end up paying a service charge even if you don’t use the heating much.
  • Electric Storage Heaters – These take advantage of cheaper night tariffs, but in doing so it means that electricity throughout the day is more expensive than a standard tariff. So watching TV at 4pm costs twice as much, which tends to even out the savings made from storage heaters. Another problem with storage heaters is that they don’t tend to be a very comfortable – or cheap – way of heating. Complaints are always made that they lose their heat in the afternoon and they are extremely expensive.
  • Infrared – A relatively new form of heating. The advantage here is that the heaters are much slimmer and sleeker than storage heaters and still efficient when compared to electric heaters. Infrared is also run on the standard tariff, which means that day to day activities are cheaper (11p/kWh as opposed to 18p/kWh).

Why is infrared the best heating solution for landlords?

We have separated out the benefits of Infrared into landlords and tenants to give you a clearer outline as to why it is the best.


  • Cheap to install

Infrared heating panels are much cheaper to install than new storage heaters – take a look at the products below! Much cheaper than equivalent storage heaters!

Decent panels start at around £109.99, and although they go up to around £900 (for the specialised mirror panels), you can kit out a large living room and two bedrooms for around £800 altogether – you’d be looking at £2,000 for storage heaters.

  • Maintenance free

Everyone knows how maintenance heavy storage heaters are, with lots of moving parts. This means that they are prone to breaking down and not working. Infrared heating panels don’t have any moving parts, and along with the long warranties – from 5 to 10 years – they give you peace of mind.

  • Comfortable heating

Gone are the days of moaning tenants. Infrared heating panels are run through thermostats so they have instant control over time and temperature. This means that if the temperature suddenly drops, all they have to do it turn up the thermostat and they feel that extra warmth.

  • Property value

Old storage heaters can drastically reduce the resale value of the property. Infrared is a growing heating method while storage heaters are on the way out. Make sure your property is future-proofed with infrared.

See why Honor Properties chose Herschel Infrared for their latest rental apartment development project.


  • Comfort

Currently you may be struggling to keep warm all the way through the day. Storage heaters are designed to store heat from the night until you need it in the evening. However, a lot of storage heaters actually lose all of their heat throughout the day. This means in the evening, when you want the heat the most, it’s not there.  Infrared heating panels are run on thermostats, so you are always warm.

  • Cheap to run

Infrared heating panels don’t waste energy (and money) by heating air that can just leave the room through draughty door frames and windows – as well as people opening doors. Instead, they heat surfaces – this minimises power consumption while maximising output. Infrared requires around 1/3rd of the electricity required by an electric convection heater and up to 1/5th of a storage heater!

  • Stylish

Infrared heating panels can actively enhance a room. They come in coloured glass finishes, mirror and even picture! Make sure that you have the most stylish heating around.

  • Safe

Infrared heating is 100% safe and healthy. It is how to sun heats the earth after all – without all of that nasty UV. Infrared is beyond the visible light spectrum so you can’t see it. It promotes circulation within your body and doesn’t kick up any dust or allergens because it doesn’t rely on convection. With increasing pressure to get off gas and building regulations increasingly favouring electric heating over gas; infrared makes a great modern heating solution for landlords.

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6 thoughts on “Infrared – The best heating solution for Landlords

  1. We swapped out our storage heaters in 10 student flats with infrared. The infrared heaters have been in there for 12 months now and the tennats really like them. A great replacement in my opinion

  2. I have a boiler but I have had en EPC carried out on my Rental property and it comes out with a F rating. I have been told by the managing agents that in 2018 it will become impossible to rent the property unless I take the property to a band D. The boiler is only 14 years old, and still works fine. I think it will cost about £2k to replace the boiler but I can’t guarantee that will get my property to a band D Although the EPC does suggest it will. Would infrared be a better solution for me though? It seems cheaper than paying for a new boiler, but just want to check what the impact would be on the EPC!

  3. We installed some of these heaters in our student rental flats and they work extremely well. They are maintenance free and by putting them on the ceiling they are out of reach of the tenants.

    1. Hi Marcia,
      The Herschel infrared panels were recently trialled in one the UK’s leading hotel chains and it proved enormously successful. The wattage of these panels compared to the electric heaters they were replacing was far lower and so they experienced significant energy savings.

  4. Electric heating makes sense for tenants since you don’t have any maintenance costs that you experience with wet central heating systems.

  5. What is the running cost of these infrared heaters. We have a 3 bed rental property and I would be interested in lowing the energy bills for my tenants.

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