How Infrared Heating Works
Infrared works in a different way to convection heaters. Convection radiators heat up the air around them, and create what is known as a convection current – this is simply hot and cold air circulating as the respective temperatures of each change.
What this also does is circulate dust and germs around a room, which isn’t good for the 5.4 million people who suffer from respiratory issues in the UK. That aside, it also creates a hugely stuffy atmosphere which can become uncomfortable.
Infrared changes everything. The waves travel from the panel until they hit an object – this could be a wall, a piece of furniture, or even a person. The object absorbs some of the energy, whilst the rest of the waves bounce off. This process repeats until all the energy in the waves has been exhausted.
The key difference is that infrared works by heating objects and surface area, whilst convection heaters heat volumes of air. This brings many advantages – it takes far more energy to heat air than it does surface area, simply because there is always going to be more of it in any given room.
Infrared heating is beneficial for people with health conditions such as asthma or bronchial ailments. Its unique heating method does not create air currents that increase dust circulation in the room. It also prevents unwanted humidity that causes mould to grow.
Fresh air is also essential for a healthy living environment. However ventilation comes at the price, as it creates heat loss, especially if it is combined with convectional heating system. Opposite to traditional heaters, Infrared heating products heat the objects and people, while convectional heating works on much higher temperatures and relay on the hot air movement. It means that the heat loss becomes greater, as hot air travels out through the vents and opened windows. Meanwhile, Infrared heating does not create air currents and in this way significantly reduces heat loss.
Since infrared heat solid objects, if you direct the panels to face damp walls, it should help to dry them out which this in turn will reduce the formation of mould
Why IR heating is the best upgrade from night storage heaters.
Infrared heating panels simply run on electricity, so there is no need to install a boiler and additional pipework for them to run. The panels themselves can also be used to heat a whole house and since they can be turned on and off as needed and produce heat almost instantly, you can very easily produce a zone heating system (for each room) to match your requirements.
IR heating provides a more direct type of heat that warms objects rather than the air. This brings a huge number of advantages with it – and all of them come packaged in a sleek and slim 22mm thick panel that is aesthetically far more pleasing, with many designs to choose from including Mirrored, stunning landscapes, cityscapes, artist prints,etc or the option to customise you IR panel.
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