Eco (Infrared) heaters produce heat that is similar to the heat produced by the sun. The infrared rays emitted are easily absorbed by the items in your home, which gently increases the temperature of their surroundings. As cool surfaces heat up, infrared heaters raise the ambient temperature of the room. Besides warming up your home, infrared heaters provide many other benefits.
Compared to our European partners like Germany and France, infrared heating is a relatively new thing in the UK and has taken some time to catch on. Most of us have settled for the old-fashioned boiler and radiator combo but with the rise of the green agenda in the last ten to fifteen years, more and more of us are looking for safe and cost-effective alternatives.
The truth is that infrared heating has a number of benefits for households and businesses that are looking for a more carbon friendly way to keep their properties warm. Although not a renewable energy it can be incorporated into green energy production such as that from solar panels to produce a more carbon efficient approach to heating a particular space.
When purchasing a space heater, safety is the main concern. The core temperature of infrared heaters never gets as high as a conventional heater’s temperature. A protective metal sheath usually covers the heating elements as well. This means animals and children can touch the surface of an infrared heater without being burned.
Nobody wants to be burdened with a bunch of maintenance tasks. Because infrared heaters have no moving parts, maintenance is minimal. There are no motors to wear out, air filters to replace or lubrication required. Your infrared heater will need periodic cleaning of the reflectors and replacement of the heat source to ensure optimal performance.
Some space heaters require a long cool-down time between being turned off and being turned back on. Infrared heaters will still provide the same strong, penetrating heat no matter how long it’s been after being turned off.
When in noise-sensitive environments such as bedrooms or studies, finding a heater that doesn’t operate loudly is important. There are no moving parts or fan blades whirring on infrared heaters, therefore they deliver heat silently.
Eco heaters can make you comfortable indoors no matter what the temperature is outdoors. Inside the heater, a hot coil is wrapped into a circle so that all of the heat can be transferred evenly. The heat produced is reflected by a special polished metal, a reflector, and the heat can be felt several yards in front of the heater. Also, infrared heaters aren’t affected by drafts or wind.
Instead of warming the air like other conventional heaters, infrared heaters heat objects directly in their paths. Heating the air wastes energy and the benefits of the heat aren’t felt immediately. The rays produced by infrared heaters penetrate and warm you beneath the skin. The infrared rays radiate outward, heating all nearby objects, producing a widespread effect. This all happens immediately, with no need to wait for the heat to buildup.
The benefit of any space heater is zone heating. With an infrared heater, heating only the parts of your home that you’re using at any given time is possible. When you aren’t heating your entire home, you’ll save money on your heating bill. Infrared heaters can save you up to 30-50% on heating costs. Actual savings vary depending on insulation, ceiling height, type of construction and other factors.
This day in age, the earth’s resources must be used responsibly. Infrared heaters operate without any carbon combustion, no toxic by-products of combustion’s, no open flame, and no fuel lines to leak. They add nothing to the air and take nothing away from the air, making them environmentally friendly.
Infrared heaters use a substantially lower amount of energy than conventional heaters. Some infrared heaters can operate on as low as 300 watts of electricity and 800 watts is enough power to provide heating to a room. The reflective metal used in its design transfers almost 100 % of the heat created. Also, there’s no need to turn on the heater in advance to pre-heat the room because heat is delivered instantly.
Unlike conventional heaters that draw moisture out of the air as a part of their heating process, infrared heaters don’t produce dry heat. This way you can avoid uncomfortable side effects such as itchy eyes and throat.
Far Infrared boosts your immune system, increasing the amount of white blood cells and killer T-cells. It is an excellent therapy for promoting healing, reducing muscle soreness, muscle spasms and relief for rheumatoid arthritis.
Infrared heating works differently from convection heating in that it provides warmth to a solid body rather than warming up the surrounding air. With convection systems, the heat generally rises up to the ceiling and the cold air tends to lie around the lower part of a room. Infrared will heat a body or piece of furniture so that there appears to be a more even spread of warmth throughout a room.
Infrared heating systems are easier to install than other ‘wet’ convection systems – for instance, they run on electricity and don’t need a complex system of pipes or a boiler. There is also a lot more room for a better aesthetic design with many panels now being designed to either fit into furniture or hang from the wall as, for example, a mirror. Basically, an infrared heating panel can be incorporated into any part of a building.
There are some health claims for infrared panels namely that they help to reduce problems like mould in damp houses and improve or maintain a better air quality that helps people who have allergies. There is also a suggestion that because the infrared heat is absorbed by the body it improves things like blood circulation and general health.
Infrared panels help to maximise an office or living space and heating can be improved depending on where the heater is placed. For instance, a panel hung from the ceiling will provide a greater degree of heat coverage than one fixed to a wall.
Overall, the benefits of infrared heating are pretty strong and many people are now starting to look at this method of heating over their ‘old fashioned’ convection systems.
For any questions about the benefits of infrared heaters, or to browse a wide selection of models, feel free to www.ecoheater.ie