Do Infrared Heaters Save Money on Electricity?
You’ve probably heard about infrared technology when you were younger in order to send a bad quality picture between two old phones. Some might have even thought that it became an obsolete tech, however, one would be surprised that it has been optimized to help provide efficient and sustainable technology. This blog will explain all your queries regarding the efficiency of an infrared heating system.
What is infrared heat?
Before we begin talking about heat, what is infrared? Infrared forms part of the electromagnetic spectrum of light. Despite that this form of light is invisible to the human eye, we can feel its energy in the form of heat. This is similar to how we feel the sun’s heat, we don’t actually see the sun rays on earth, however, we do feel its effects. Infrared is one of three methods in which heat is transferred between objects. The other two methods of heat transfer are convection and conduction. This is the heating technology used in many heating appliances such as; convection ovens and cooking hobs.
However, unlike traditional heating appliances, the infrared heating system distributes heat where it’s needed rather than in empty spaces within the room. The infrared heating technology uses 80% of its energy to heat up people and other parts of the room. Infrared uses only 20% of its energy on heating air, which is minimal when compared to other traditional forms of heating technology.
How do Infrared panels work?
Traditional methods of heating tend to emit heat to the surrounding air which spreads across the proximity of the heater. However, unlike other modalities of heating, infrared heating emits a natural form of heat in a uniform manner which is absorbed by objects.
With infrared heaters, one does not need to wait to warm up, this is due to the fast acting heat which is emitted by the infrared panel. The heat is created through a precise beam of heat which is directed towards an object via a steady stream of heat particles. This is convenient due to the fact that no matter where you are, the heat is focussed on the individual and not on the millions of air particles in the room.
Since the infrared panel radiates light and doesn’t make use of any fans, it works in complete silence! This makes it a perfect addition to any room, especially ones where one would like some peace and quiet.
The infrared heater functions due to hot coils which are wrapped over a heating source, this is done in order for the heat to transfer evenly in the surrounding environment. As the distance between the object and heater increases, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep warm. However, in order to maximize the distance through which the heat can get transferred, infrared heaters are equipped with polished metal which helps extend the heater’s effectiveness.
The running costs of Infrared heaters?
When buying an electrical appliance, the two main concepts which pass through consumers consciousness are ‘sustainability and practicality’.
TheGreenAge, an online portal focused on providing information on heating systems, insulation, and renewables, proposes the following example in order to emphasize how economical infrared heating systems are:
- Heating is used approximately for 5 hours per day
- Over a period of 120 days of winter
- Electricity in the Uk costs 12.5p/kWh
- 1kW electric convection heater vs 0.4kW infrared heater
The website contends that over the winter period using the above context the consumer would have spent £90 using a convection heater and £30 using an infrared heater, that’s a 67% saving!!! Whilst taking a closer look at local rates, Healthy Heat’s cost calculator states that if one uses IR heating panels daily in the following rooms:
- 4 hours in the living room
- 4 hours in the dining room
- 4 hours in the kitchen
- 6 hours combined with three different bedrooms
The cost per month would only be € 21.0. Thus, since in Malta we approximately have around 4 months of cold weather. The total price over a winter period in which one would spend on heating would be €84.24 and you will be experiencing a cozy experience in the majority of your home, it’s a no-brainer!
Benefits of IR Heaters
It is a well-known fact that most heaters can dry out our skin or aid in the blocking of sinuses, add harmful gases into the air, as well as cause static electricity. IR heaters have none of this, they produce the same type of heat as the sun, thus one can enjoy the benefits of sunlight without any concerns about UV radiation. Thus, Infrared heating does not dry the air within a room, neither does it cause heat loss through ventilation since it does not heat air.
Nowadays individuals are becoming more cognizant of their carbon footprint, especially when buying appliances. Well, this type of appliance is definitely for the eco-friendly buyer, unlike other appliances in which heat loss is a major issue. When using an infrared heater there is effectively no loss in heat transfer. As it utilizes 100 percent of the heat which it generates to heat up objects at a very low cost! Besides all of this, the upkeep of infrared heaters is minimal.
This is due to the fact that as an appliance it doesn’t have any moving parts which could potentially have faults or wear out with time. All that needs to be done is to clean the reflectors from time to time in order to keep the appliance in good working order.
All in all IR heating panels have many benefits such as; ergonomic design, cost-efficient, sustainability, health benefits, and requires minimal maintenance. Most importantly it is an extremely efficient appliance to own in your home in order to keep you and your loved ones nice and cozy during the harsh winter months.