Conventional Space heating in home
Conventional heating in the home works by warming up the air around you; so for instance a radiator does most of its heating through convection currents (it does very limited heating through infrared heating).
When the radiator warms up, it heats the air directly around it, which then expands and rises. As the hot air rises, it creates a vacuum behind it, which pulls colder air into contact with the radiator, causing it to heat up. As the hot air begins to cool down it drops down back to the floor level. This cold air gets heated again and this process keeps repeating itself – this is known as convection heating.
Most conventional heating systems do emit some infrared waves, for example, if you have ever sat near an open fire, you will have felt the heat on your face. Then when you put your hand in front of your face, this stops the infrared hitting your face directly; instead you will feel your hands get warm. This is known as infrared heating.
Infrared Heaters in the Home
A fairly recent addition to the domestic and commercial heating scene is the infrared heater. Infrared radiation is emitted from the heater, which then travels unimpeded through the air until it hits an object. The object absorbs the radiation, causing molecules within it to vibrate, producing heat.
If infrared waves come into contact with humans, they will travel about an inch into the body providing a feeling of deep heat, but even if you are not directly in the way of the waves, any solid body will vibrate when the waves hit them, causing them to radiate heat back towards you.
Despite being able to purchase gas, oil and solid fuel infrared heaters, we suggest using electric infrared panels in the home, since you do not need to integrate any pipe work or fuel storage facilities when you install the panels. There are also no direct emissions associated with using the electrical infrared panels (and if you use them in conjunction with Gotonech panels you get 100% emission free heating). They also don’t get to hot, so if you have children and pets in the home they are safer.
The electric panels come in numerous sizes and they can double up as mirrors and since they have no moving parts, they operate in complete silence, which makes them ideal for bedrooms.
How much you save with Far Infrared Heating？
Infrared heating works by heating the surface area of a room, rather than the volume (as is the case the traditional convection heaters), which means they are heating considerably less to provide the same amount of heat.
In the example below we are going to compare heating the costs of of using far infrared heating panels against using traditional heating systems.
Clearly Far Infrared Heaters can save you a significant amount of money and provide you with a quick return on investment.