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As the world becomes more and more conscious of the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, infrared heating panels are becoming an increasingly popular choice for heating domestic homes.

Infrared heating is an effective and energy-efficient alternative to using gas boilers to heat a home, they offer several benefits that make it a compelling choice for those looking at options to decarbonise domestic heating.

In this article, we will take a closer look at infrared heating panels and explore why they are becoming such a popular choice for domestic homeowners.

What are Infrared Heating Panels and how do they work?

There are three ways that heat can be transferred: conduction, convection, and radiation.

Conduction is the transfer of energy by direct contact and it takes place in solids, liquids, and gases. Conduction is more effective in certain materials e.g. metal is a better conductor than wood.

Convection is the movement of heat by gas or liquid such as air or water. The movement of a mass of heated water or air is called a current.

Radiation is the transfer of heat by electromagnetic waves. Unlike conduction or convection, heat transfer by radiation does not need any matter to help with the transfer.

Methods of heat transfer illustration

Infrared radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to the naked eye and is emitted by all objects that are hot.

Vector diagram with the visible light spectrum. Visible light, infrared, and ultraviolet. Electromagnetic spectrum visible to the human eye. Violet, Blue green, yellow, orange, red colour gradient.

Infrared radiation is heat that you feel. The feeling of warmth you have on a winter’s day as the sun is on your face, the heat from a fireplace, and even the heat emitted by your own body are all infrared radiation.

Infrared waves can pass through clothing and other materials that visible light cannot pass through, making it an effective way to heat people and objects without heating the air around them.

Infrared Picture of two people in a kitched

Infrared heating panels are a type of electrical heating panel that uses infrared radiation to heat objects directly such as walls, floors, furniture and ceilings of a building. This builds up “thermal mass” which will then start radiating back into the room.

An Infrared Heating Panel contains a grid of electrical resistance wires which are suspended in front of a reflector plate. When an electrical current is passed through the wires they heat up and emit Infrared Radiation. The Infrared Radiation is then reflected back by the reflector plate onto the object or surface that you want to heat.

Glass Panel Heater with Frame 300 – 900 W » VASNER Citara G

Radiant heat transfer is a very efficient form of electric heating.

The benefits of Infrared Heating Panels over traditional heating methods

Infrared Heating Panels are more efficient than traditional heating methods. They heat objects and people directly, which means that you don’t have to waste energy heating the air in your home.

Traditional heating methods, however, do work by heating the air in your home, which then heats the objects and people in the room. This is an inefficient process because a lot of heat is lost through ventilation and open doors and windows.

Infrared Heating Panels are also more environmentally friendly than traditional heating methods. They don’t directly produce any carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases, so if used with a renewable source of electricity (or a cleaner source) they can form part of the solution to move us to net zero.

There are many benefits to using Infrared Heating Panels over traditional heating methods. Some of the most notable benefits include:

1. Instant heat (almost)

The infrared heat is emitted from the heating panels almost instantly, so you no longer have to wait for a room to warm up.

2. Cheaper running costs when compared to electrical convection heaters

The cost of operating an infrared panel versus an electrical convection heater is significantly lower since they require less power output to provide the same degree of heat – a 600w infrared panel will offer the same amount of heating comfort as a 1500w convection heater, using roughly a third of the electricity.

3. IR panels provide even heat distribution, preventing cold spots in a room.

We all know that warm air rises and cold air sinks, with convection heating this is the process in play, and you will often feel the chilly currents as heat moves. With infrared heating, the temperature differences across a room are greatly reduced providing for a more consistent and comfortable temperature experience.

4. Ideal for allergy sufferers as air is not circulated.

Unlike conventional forms of heating (e.g. radiators) IR panels do not rely on air as the medium for transporting heat. The result is far fewer air currents disturbing dust and allergen particles in a room. Beneficial for people with respiratory conditions like asthma.

5. General health benefits

There are numerous studies on the benefits of infrared heating on the body, many of which suggest that it can help improve circulation, ease muscle pain, and promote healing.

6. They are unobtrusive and save space

IR panels are a great choice for those who want to avoid having radiators on display or would simply like to free up some space. Many are around 25mm in thickness and can be as easily mounted on ceilings if there is no wall space available.

You can find multifunctional panels doubling up as mirrors or artwork, or if you prefer just a simple unobtrusive panel that will blend into any room.

Infrared Heating Panel - artwork

7. Cheaper than a conventional heating system to install

Infrared panels are powered by electricity, so there is no requirement to install a boiler and extra pipework in order for them to operate.

Heat panels are ideal for heating an entire house since they can produce heat instantly, allowing you to quickly set up a zone heating system (for each room) to meet your demands.

8. Easy installation

Infrared heating panels can be mounted onto walls or ceilings using basic screws and plugged into an electrical supply.

Framed Infrared Panel Heater - wall mounted

If you’d rather not see cables, you can get any qualified electrician to hardwire the heaters bedding the cables into the wall.

9. They are a low maintenance option compared to other home heating systems

Unlike convection heating systems, which contain multiple moving parts and are more susceptible to corroding and wear and tear, infrared heaters are simple. As such, servicing is generally not needed on any IR heating panel products. And unlike conventional heating systems, you are not required to have annual inspections.

Infrared heating systems should last for up to 30 years, with no issues.

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