Infrared heating is the heat we all enjoy from the sun. The best way to understand how this works is on a cold morning when the clouds clear and the sun comes out and you instantly feel the warmth. So do the solid objects around us; we all pick up this heat and radiate it back and the air temperature rises.
Imagine being able to do this inside the home? Infrared heating does just that. By using a specially developed carbon fibre fabric, direct long wave infrared is generated – C range radiated heat from the energy (electric) supplied. This radiated heat does not need air to circulate the heat but permeates it almost without loss and turns into heat where it meets objects, walls and ceilings which store the heat and release it evenly into the room. This means the walls, floor and ceiling are always dry.
With the advent of ‘infrared heating’, the radiator market is poised for the next heating revolution.
The market is ready for a new energy-efficient source of heating (infrared can use up to 50%+ less energy than most other forms of heating) with a range of exciting designs for all applications.
Conventional heaters operate on the principle of convection. They give off their heat to the cold air near the ground. This warmed air rises to the top of the room and finally falls down again onto the cold walls and floor. This results in dry air circulation which stirs up dust and bacteria. Strictly speaking, this type of heating is outdated and the heat emitters are really convector heaters. Infrared heaters are genuine radiators as they radiate the heat using infrared energy to heat the surroundings.
Our wellbeing depends primarily on the ambient air temperature and that of the surrounding surfaces, walls, floors and ceilings. With warm surfaces householders will feel warm, comfortable and cosy almost immediately at much lower ambient air temperatures, resulting in immediate energy savings and a healthier environment.
Peter Ferguson is managing director at Infrared