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Why infrared heating wouldn’t work for you…

18/05/2018
Why Infrared Heating Won't Work For You...

If you're new to infrared heating - thank you for stopping by and reading this article.

So far you may have read about how infrared heating can quickly heat a room using little electricity from the touch of a button on your smartphone. But not everyone has the same level of success when using this form of heating.

We have compiled the list below to showcase the key areas of infrared heating which need to be considered when adding either one panel or a whole new system for the first time.

I've fitted my panel, but I can't feel the heat?

Is it taking too long to heat the room? Assuming the right sized panel has been recommended, the positioning may not be right.

It's important to make sure the panel has clear line of sight to the room you're trying to heat and that it isn't directly obstructed by any large furniture immediately in front of it.

Just like when the sun gets blocked by a cloud and you feel colder on a Spring's day, if the infrared rays are blocked by putting it behind a sofa it will take longer to heat the room.

The next thing to consider is the room shape. Maybe the online calculator has suggested a recommendation of 900 Watts of far-infrared. But if the room is an 'L'-Shape; then we would recommend splitting the wattage evenly between the two areas (for example 2 x 450 W panels.)

The heating has improved, but my electricity bill isn't any lower?

The end of the month comes round, the new heating has been well recieved and you were expecting a lower electricity bill on your energy supplier's quarterly bill. But it isn't...

This can be the case for homes where:

  • The home's previous existing central heating system has been replaced and additional rooms such as the kitchen, conservatory and study have had new added heaters (which had no heating before.) The electricity is indeed cheaper because more areas of the house are being warmed for the same KW consumption.
  • Or, infrared panels have been fitted to the house but are not LOT 20 complaint and there aren't controller/s fitted to the panels. It's tempting when using the infrared panels to indulge in a higher level of thermal comfort for more hours in the day, but without thermsotatic control it will only work on and off manually.

It's very important to have a degree of thermostatic control and time control in the home. Otherwise rooms maybe reaching as high as 23, 24 , 25+ Degrees in the home (which is lovely!) but wouldn't provide a fair comparison to the older system.

Striking a fair balance between zoning rooms individually, ensuring a good level of thermal comfort and reducing unnneccesary use of the heaters is the end goal.

There may be some cases however where a controller isn't required. For example the lounge has a panel on portable feet to use as and when it's chilly, but doesn't justify turning on the central heating.

I have my new heater, but the room's still chilly (or too hot!)

The way that infrared panels work is entirely different to ordinary convection based heaters.

The delivery of the heat is 'radiant' rather than 'convected', which means the panel warms the room directly rather than heating up the air trapped inside the room.

  • If the panel recommended is too small, such as a 300 W panel in a bedroom which requires 700 W, it will still get warm but not within the time frame normally expected.
  • Likewise if the heater is a 900 W panel in a room which requires 700 W, there's a level of extra cushioning which means it's even more necessary to have a level of thermostatic control fitted.
  • Or, it maybe that you have two rooms the same size, but one is a part orangery and the volume of glass means a higher wattage requirement is necessary.

The key difference between infrared and convected sources of heat however is - once the room has been warmed , the room will stay warmer for a longer period time after because the actual floors, walls and surfaces have been heated.

But for some customers, smaller panel works great as a supplementary source of heating to and existing system. A small or medium sized panel can remove the chill off the room quickly, but not making it too uncomfortable. Especially useful when working in a workshop or in a homegym.

Over the years we have consistently made sure our calculator produces the nearest accurate wattage requirements for a home. If you would like to know what wattage you would require, or maybe the home is not as straightforward as length x width x height, please feel free to get in touch for friendly advice.

They sound like a good idea, but is it too good to be true?

The idea of a flat panel at 2.2cm in thickness mounted on the wall may sound unusual. Or maybe the fact that the panel isn't bulky, heavy and has vents running along the top may make people question the amount of the heat it can give out.

We completely appreciate the skepticism which surrounds infrared heating. Many customers who before purchasing, admittedly where on the fence as to whether or not try the new technology is something we understand.

If you can spare a moment to read through our 100% genuine, 3rd party reviews on Trustpilot which we have collected since starting, you can actually read real people's journeys from discovering infrared to fitting the last panel.

We find great similarties between when LED lighting first came to the market, to where it is today. There was a product which was lower in wattage, slimmer and produced a higher lumen level, yet the majority of homes still had ordinary lighting.

Infrared heating is exactly the same in the way that it requires less watts in order to run, is slimmer and produces a better level of thermal comfort.

If you want any advice about wattage requirements and want to know more about this form of heating [please have a look over our other news articles for some advice and get in touch with our expert staff who can help you.

Please call on 01205 821 796 or email at office@warm4less.com

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