How It Works

What is Infrared Warmth?

Infrared are electromagnetic waves given off as light by a heat source. The largest such source for the earth is the sun and these light waves come in a wide spectrum.

Natural radiation has been studied for many years; Electromagnetic radiation is categorized in many different types of radiation. Looking at the “light and infrared” portion of the spectrum, we learn that light is divided into colours (red, green, blue...), the infrared spectrum is divided into 3 segments; Infrared “A”, Infrared “B” and Infrared “C”, each designator stands for a certain wavelength, or band. 

infrared light spectrum

Far infrared rays at the end of the spectrum that are also known as thermal rays. These rays are only 10 millionths of a metre wide and so are invisible to the human eye and are the same rays emitted by the sun that make us feel warm. They are not to be confused with UV rays that can tan or burn the skin. In fact far infrared thermal heat is the heat which our bodies find most beneficial and which we naturally emit all the time. The picture below shows a thermal image of a human body emitting this far infra red heat.

All solid objects absorb direct heat and then slowly release it back into the air after it has warmed the object.

This natural process of absorption and release is ideal for heating our homes. By utilizing this phenomenon in a heater for our homes the main solid objects now become our bodies, and walls, floors and furniture. These beneficial infrared rays can only be absorbed by solid objects and so they pass through the air without heating it to provide direct heat to both people and the walls and floors of our homes. This makes this type of heat incredibly efficient as we are heated directly and not secondarily as with central heating which first heats water and then air which in turn warms us, or as in an electric convection system which first heats the air and then us.

This type of heat greatly benefits our body's circulation and well being and is why people with arthritis for example feel better having a winter sun holiday to "get some sun into their bones" and some people even move to a warmer climate as it makes them healthier.

As the walls, floors, ceilings and furniture absorb this heat they then slowly release it back into the room long after the heating source i.e. the infrared heating panel has been switched off.

In a home the heating panels firstly warm up the structures to a desired temperature and then only need to occasionally come on again to maintain a nice constant warmth. This efficiency leads to substantial energy and cost savings.

Heat Distribution with Infrared Technology

Our Heating Panels Explained

The principle of our infrared heating panels is based on electro conductive carbon fibres, which are imbedded between two glass or ceramic plates. When electrical power is supplied, these fibres give out comforting infrared or radiant heat.

Our heating panels produce totally harmless Far Infrared Rays that in turn heat all solid objects within a range of approximately 4.5 meters.

Being different to commonly used convection heating systems, our heating panels warms the air in the room indirectly and consequently dries it out less. The relative air moisture remains virtually unchanged.

Floors, walls and ceilings absorb the emitted warmth directly and retransmit this as radiant heat. An advantage of this principle is that mould build up in the walls is thus prevented.

Our heaters are available in various sizes to meet the heat requirements of each individual room.

They are also available in various designs such as black or white panels, mirror panels and picture panels.

They can be mounted on the ceiling, on the wall or, free standing.

Effects and Benefits of Infrared Heating

  1. 100% energy efficient - no loss of energy though heat transfer
  2. Cost savings - Far cheaper to run than gas, oil or storage heaters
  3. Easy installation - no pipes, boilers or radiators
  4. Maintenance free - no moving parts or boiler to service, silent & odour free
  5. Even temperature - no "warm body cold feet" syndrome
  6. Dries out damp walls and eliminates condensation
  7. Allergy resistant – does not cause air movement to carry dust around the room
  8. Healthy – the body absorbs the beneficial heat rays to boost circulation and warms the muscles
  9. Space saving - frees up room for furniture as hung on walls or ceilings
  10. Decorative - incredible array of styles, colours and finishes in a slimline design
  11. Portable - can be moved around from room to room
  12. Flexible - no need to heat whole house when using one room
  13. Easy to use - can use as and when or run on a thermostat
  14. Comfortable - reduces stuffy air by decreasing humidity levels

This chart shows how little energy is required
to heat various sized rooms with
our Infrared Heating Panels

Approximate
Room
Volume
Heater Size
Heater Power
m3
mm
Watts
1 - 9
600 x 400
200
9.1 - 18.1
700 x 600
400
18.2 - 22.7
900 x 600
500
22.8 - 27.2
1100 x 600
600
27.3 - 31.8
1200 x 600
700
100 W
Light Bulb
Equivalent

 
2
4
5
6
7