Far Infrared Heating is the future of low carbon heating
Far Infrared is a much more specific type of heating than that covered by the term radiant heat “infrared heating”. The term infrared heating covers a much broader range of the electromagnetic spectrum including near and mid infrared as well as far infrared.
Much heating in the past has been based on convection , warm air from a fan or heating element which rises to the ceiling causing a circulatory effect. Far infrared heaters warm objects directly, causing little air movement, warming a room and more importantly us, much more efficiently.
Infrared heaters will save floor space. Heating has traditionally been bulky and often ugly, taking up space that could be better used for your favourite piece of furniture. You will be please to know things have moved on!. You no longer need lose any wall space to heating unless you want to and even then it will aesthetically pleasing and take up minimal wall space.
If you want all you wall space free you can put them on the ceiling..
Heaters come as metal panels, glass panels or even pictures. The photo below shows heaters on the roof comb , cleverly disguised as a piece of art!
Did you know far infrared heating is used to keep premature babies warm in incubators? So you can see why its a cosy and safe heat.
Here is a section from a manual on a baby warming unit
Health problem addressed
These devices are commonly used to provide thermal
support for newborns in the delivery suite, for critically ill
infants who require constant nursing intervention, and for
infants undergoing treatment that prolongs exposure to a
cool environment. Prolonged cold stress can overwork heat producing mechanisms, drain energy reserves, and result in
hypoxia, acidosis, hypoglycemia, and, in severe cases, death.
Infant radiant warmers are overhead heating units. They typically
consist of a heat source, a skin-temperature sensor, an automatic
(servo) control unit, and visual and audible alarms.
Principles of operation
A heating element generates a significant amount of radiant
energy in the far IR wavelength region (longer than three microns
to avoid damaging the infant’s retina and cornea). The radiant
output of the heating unit is also limited to prevent thermal
damage to the infant. The IR energy is readily absorbed by the
infant’s skin; increased blood fl ow in the skin then transfers heat
to the rest of the body by blood convection (heat exchange
between the blood and tissue surfaces) and tissue.
The health properties of infrared are also used in infrared saunas, an alternative to traditional steam saunas that are gaining popularity in popularity across Europe.
We are agents for the best in infrared saunas which we supply in partnership with a company called Clearlight. More info in on our sauna web site Click here
The Health Benefits
- Better air Quality
- No condensation or dampness
- No mould
- Great for allergy sufferers
Based on the concept of an infrared heating panel, these heaters can be a simple white painted aluminium or glass fronted. Both have an option of having you favourite picture printed on them or even a mirror is perfectly possible and a common variant.
Two infrared panel heaters above the bed printed with artwork