Heating with infrared - simple. cosy. warm.
Maximum heat emission with minimal energy consumption. A pleasant room climate, creating an individual feel-good oasis. Generation of heat precisely where and when it is needed. All of this is offered by infrared heating solutions from high-quality European suppliers.
A correctly-dimensioned electrical infrared heater surpasses most other heating systems in terms of cosiness and comfort. Infrared thermal radiation can be used to keep living areas at a suitable, uniform temperature. Heat can also be delivered to “comfort zones” through precise placement of IR panels within rooms.
Applications for infrared heaters range from local spot heating in the workplace and comfortable supplementary heating, e.g. in bathrooms, to innovative overall concepts with infrared panels as integrated main heating systems in renovations and new builds.
In overall cost calculations, the benefits of infrared heating systems lie in their comparatively low investment costs, as well as their long lifespan. The elimination of maintenance and servicing costs, combined with favourable consumption data, provide further relief to household budgets.
Thanks to use of the latest technology, infrared heating solutions are also ideal for combination with photovoltaics, battery storage devices and energy management systems for optimisation of private consumption.
How does infrared heating work?
Infrared heating is based on the principle of solar radiation. In physical terms, infrared radiation is an electromagnetic wave located below the red end of the light. It spreads across open spaces at a wavelength of 780 nm to 1 mm.
Rather than heating mostly air, the thermal radiation is absorbed to a far greater degree by the ceiling, walls, objects and people. The environment saves the heat and releases it back into the room (secondary radiation). Uniform room heating creates a pleasant room climate in which heating loss due to rising warm air is largely avoided.
In addition, direct thermal radiation, combined with increased room envelope temperatures (wall temperature) create a subjective feeling of heat, 2-3°C above the actual temperature. This means that the perceived temperature is higher than the actual temperature. We encounter the same phenomenon on a cold winter’s day: due to direct sunlight, our subjective feeling of warmth is greater than the air's actual temperature.
<br/ As a general rule: the higher the wall temperature, the lower the room air temperature required for the same feeling of comfort.
<br/ According to the Bedford and Liese comfort scale, we feel the same levels of comfort when walls are heated, in spite of a lower room air temperature. Hence, the room air temperature can be reduced, and each degree less gives an energy saving of 6%.
What differentiates infrared heating from other heating systems?
A correctly-dimensioned electrical infrared heater surpasses most other heating systems in terms of cosiness and comfort. It is clean, odourless and, what's more, it's maintenance-free. Thermal radiation can be used to maintain a suitable, uniform temperature in living areas. Heat can also be delivered to “comfort zones” in a targeted manner through precise placement of IR panels. As a result, the energy supplied can be pinpointed and used very efficiently, exactly where it is needed.
Conventional convection heaters, on the other hand, use air to transport heat. The disadvantages of this are well-known: Rising warm air results in a large drop in temperature between floor and ceiling. While lots of energy is saved in the warm layer of air beneath the ceiling, which is not accessible to the user, the cooler air is located close to the floor. The user is forced to turn the room thermostat up further in a bid to stave off cold feet. In addition, the warm air flow swirls dust and bacteria into the room, creating an additional burden for allergy sufferers.
Infrared heaters, in contrast, do not cause swirling dust and bacteria - hence, they are ideally suited to allergy sufferers and asthmatics. Moisture is released from walls into the air on account of higher wall temperatures, improving insulation and room climate, preventing condensation and - in the worstcase scenario - mould. Uniform temperature distribution in rooms increases comfort.
You can read about the benefits of infrared heating in detail here.