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.
They can be bought for as little as £40.
They are very slim.
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.
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.
We think that this form of heating is best applied in small areas of commercial buildings, and in churches where ceilings are very high, and people are likely to remain seated directly underneath suspended panels.