Advantages of an infrared heating.
Advantages of an infred heatingTo understand the benefits of infrared heating, we first need to know what infrared heat actually is. Imagine being outside at an air temperature of almost 2 °C in winter. While the thermometer indicates almost freezing, you do feel the blissful warmth when the sun's rays touch your skin. That is infrared heat.
In contrast to a convector which only heats up the air by air circulation, infrared rays will heat up all the objects. No energy is lost in heating the air. The starting point on which an infrared heating works is exactly the same as that of the sun. The sun will never heat air, just the solid objects on earth.
Infrared rays are outside the visible light spectrum. This radiation is absolutely no threat to the human body, on the contrary, it has been scientifically proven that infrared radiation has a positive effect on health.
Why does infrared heating have so many advantages?The fact that it is wasteful and inefficient to first heat all the air in a room quickly becomes clear when we study a few natural laws. When all objects in the room are cold, and we fill this room with warm air, it will immediately go to the ceiling.
Warm air expands, making it lighter than the cold air present. So, the hottest point of the room will be on the ceiling. This is the biggest disadvantage of a convection heating.
With an infrared heater we never heat the air directly. An infrared panel will heat all present objects with its radiation. (radiant heat) Among these objects are the people and animals in the room. So, you will feel the first rays of heat before the room itself gets warm.
This makes infrared heating much more efficient than a traditional air heating system. So, you're going to heat the room without a detour. This according to ancient laws of nature that have been used by the sun for millions of years. Energy savings with infrared heating panels was never so easy.
The difficult choice, which heating system is the best?Indeed, it is sometimes difficult to know which system you place best in your home. The choice is indeed very extensive at the moment. You can choose the old systems that work on fossil fuels. At first glance, it seems that gas-based heating is cheaper. Especially if you only look at the cost of the gas. 1 kWh gas costs only 1/4 of the cost electricity.
So, that would mean that a gas boiler is the cheapest solution you will tell you. This doesn't always have to be right. If you live in a poorly insulated house that needs a large energy need for heating, this may indeed be correct.
But apart from the fact that using fossil fuels for heating is terrible for the environment due to the high CO2 emissions, there are other external factors to consider.
The cheapest energy is the energy you haven't consumed. So instead of looking at gas immediately in a poorly insulated home, it might be better to invest in insulation.
These can therefore be heated perfectly with alternative heating sources such as the heat pump and infrared heating. Even a combination of both systems is possible in these homes.
In these houses we soon see that 1 panel on the ceiling can heat the entire living room. A warmth that feels very natural and offers an unprecedented comfort as all objects are warmed up.
Not only will the consumption be very low in these homes when you use an infrared heater. Maintenance can also save you a lot. Whereas a heat pump and gas boiler still require maintenance, which also costs money every year, you don't have any maintenance for 25 to 30 years with infrared panels.
Use your required energy more efficiently.Did you know that you can use a well insulated house as a buffer vessel for heat. The internal building shell of the house can be charged with the thermal power of your infrared panels. The building will act as a large accumulation stove that gives its heat very gently to the surroundings.
Even at night when the heating is down, the building continues to emit this heat. So, you're going to use your home as a thermal battery that you first fully recharge and then continue to charge drop-by-drop. The energy is stored in the walls floor and ceiling. This creates a greater comfort feeling among the occupants of the building as all objects feel pleasantly warm.
This technique is called thermal mass heating system and can only be used in new build and very well insulated homes. But there are more advantages of an infrared heating.
Combination infrared panels and renewable energy.A great advantage of electrically fed infrared panels is that its energy consumption can be fed with solar energy. Simply by placing solar panels on your roof you will already recover a large part of the required energy.
A typical private solar installation generates 3.2 to 4.6 kWh. In the same house we usually install a 5 to 8 kWh infrared heating system. Since all rooms should never heat up at the same time, the effective consumption is lower. In the modern new build homes, the thermal capacity of the houses is even below 3 kWh.
As the insulation of the house improves, the extra power required outside the solar panels will become smaller. There are already homes that are 100% energy neutral with an infrared heating.