Compare with Infrared Panels

EHE Radiators V Infrared Panels

Infrared panels do not produce any convectional heat to warm circulating air within a room. They produce just radiant heat, which although comfortable, is only effective at a short range, and it is directional. Unless you are directly in front of the infrared panel, and within a couple of meters distance, you will not feel any warmth.

Much has been made of the energy-saving and health benefits provided by this new form of heating. Unfortunately there is no evidence to support the various claims that are made, and feedback from early-adopters of infrared heating panels is mixed.

Pros:

  • They can be bought for as little as £40.
  • They are very slim.

Cons:

  • Although infrared panels are generally low-wattage, the saving in wattage is negated by the fact that multiple panels are required to heat a typical living area effectively. This is because they do not heat the air, and the radiated heat produced is directional.
  • Infrared heating panels do not retain heat energy.  They need to draw power continuously in order to maintain heat Output. This makes them expensive to run.
  • They cannot be effectively controlled with a thermostat, so your preferred temperatures can’t be set or maintained. This is because temperature sensors and thermostats are designed to measure air temperature in the room. Infrared panels don’t heat the air – they heat people and objects through radiation.
  • Infrared panels are not recognised as a primary heating system, so are not usually specified for new-build or refurbishment projects.
  • Infrared panel heaters are usually supported by a short warranty period of 1-2 years.

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