Infrared heating is a recent addition to the commercial and domestic heating market here in the UK, but has been used very successfully as a primary heating source across Europe for many years. NASA and other space agencies have been using and developing infrared heating to keep astronauts warm and equipment unfrozen in deep space for many years.
Unlike Conventional heating (gas, oil and solid fuel), which heats the air circulating within the fabric of a building or around objects, Infrared rays travels unimpeded through the air until it is absorbed by solid objects. When the object absorbs the radiation, they cause molecules to vibrate and produce heat. Walls of a building warm up along with items within a room become more pleasant to touch, dampness, mould and cold is slowly eliminated, making for a more pleasant warming feeling within that area.
Infrared heating safe for humans and pets
The principal source of radiant energy that we enjoy daily is the sun. Infrared waves are part of the natural light spectrum, but without the skin-damaging ultraviolet radiation. Infrared stimulates the mitochondria in the body, which gives you more energy and increased blood flow.
When infrared waves come into contact with humans and pets, rays travel about up to an inch into the body, providing a feeling of deep heat, but even if you are not directly in the way of the infrared waves, any solid objects near you will vibrate when the waves hit them, causing them to radiate heat back towards you, creating the feeling of warmth. There are also no direct harmful emissions associated with using the electrical infrared panels.
Energy consumption can be reduced by 70% when using infrared heating panels
Tests have shown that by installing infrared heating panels, energy consumption can be reduced by 70% when compared to centralized heating systems. Installations are quick and trouble free to install with no pipework needed.