Infrared heating vs conventional heating: Which one should you choose?

You hear the rain pouring outside, its blistering cold and the wind is howling. You just want to sit down, have a nice cup of tea and warm up. You roll out your gas heater, turn the gas on and hit the pilot light a few times. Unless it doesn’t spark, which would mean buying another gas cylinder, now that wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t nine in the evening and you’d have to wait till morning to buy a new one. But that would still leave you frozen for tonight though. So why not consider a more efficient and greener means of heating this winter? Infrared heating panels are the hottest new way to heat up your home this winter! Sure it might sound fancy, like some sci-fi do-dad, but what is it, really?

 

 

What is Infrared Heating?
Think of the sun and how it warms objects during a summer day. It could be your chair outside, or your car seats or your front gate, these objects are all heated through infrared radiation. Instead of heating the air directly, like a conventional gas heater, infrared heaters emanate heat and heat objects instead, like the sofa, the walls and even you. Then that heat is released through the objects to ensure a gradual spread of heat across the room.

Conventional heaters heat the air directly instead. While this is straightforward enough, it does have a few shortcomings. Given that hot air rises and pushes the colder air downwards, what ends up happening is that there will always be cold air which needs to constantly reheat. This leads to inefficient heating. Not to mention, that the warmest air is always close to the ceiling whereas you are always much closer to the ground alongside the colder air.

But let’s get down to business, which is the healthier, cheaper and faster way to heat up your house?

Infrared heating vs conventional heating: which is the healthier option?
Let’s be frank, warm, summer day is much better than spending a night in with your gas heater throbbing away. It just feels better, you feel energetic and you don’t freeze as you move around the room. Infrared heating panels help to improve blood circulation and boosts your immune system (perfect for fending off the winter sniffles). But don’t just take our word for it, Japanese doctors are even using infrared heating panels to help cardiovascular patients!

The way it works is because infrared heating penetrates much deeper than regular heating, this helps blood vessels to expand and allow more blood to pump through. Exactly like how you get rosy cheeks on a sunny day, that’s your blood vessels expanding from the infrared found in sunlight.

Don’t forget that the objects in the room retain heat, keeping them dry. Mould can’t grow in dry places, so these infrared heaters also double as dehumidifiers by keeping walls and the ceiling warm. This can help to reduce allergies and, because infrared heating doesn’t stir up the air, it means that there is no dust circulation. Asthmatics everywhere can breathe a collective sigh of relief without worry!

Infrared heating vs conventional heating: which is the cheaper option?
With your standard convection heaters, you’re either buying a gas cylinder or using your air-conditioning. The problem is that these two methods simply blast out air in the same place and gradually heat up the air. As the cooler air sinks, it has to be heated up again and again. Not to mention maintenance costs as dust gets built up in the air conditioning filters or the monthly expense of buying gas.

Infrared heating panels, on the other hand, don’t need to be constantly on, as the objects that they heat up retain said heat. So the room is still being heated even when it is switched off, meaning that you can still enjoy comfortable warmth in a lower thermostat setting. They are also completely maintenance free and you don’t need to install any piping whatsoever as you only need a light socket. And, to boot, installation costs are considerably cheaper than a conventional unit.

Infrared heating vs conventional heating: which heats up a room quicker?
You walk inside and quickly fumble for the remote or heater and try to warm up the room as fast as you can. Just ten minutes and soon the room will become warm. Just like when boiling a pot of water, it takes longer to hit up a larger body (say a large pot of water or room), than a smaller one. But because Infrared heaters heat the various objects in a room directly, it only takes 30 seconds for them to reach the optimal heating temperature! Making them the faster solution by far.

Don’t forget that the objects in the room retain heat, keeping them dry. Mould can’t grow in dry places, so these infrared heaters also double as dehumidifiers by keeping walls and the ceiling warm. This can help to reduce allergies and, because infrared heating doesn’t stir up the air, it means that there is no dust circulation. Asthmatics everywhere can breathe a collective sigh of relief without worry!

Are Infrared heaters right for you?
You walk inside and quickly fumble for the remote or heater and try to warm up the room as fast as you can. Just ten minutes and soon the room will become warm. Just like when boiling a pot of water, it takes longer to hit up a larger body (say a large pot of water or room), than a smaller one. But because Infrared heaters heat the various objects in a room directly, it only takes 30 seconds for them to reach the optimal heating temperature! Making them the faster solution by far.

Don’t forget that the objects in the room retain heat, keeping them dry. Mould can’t grow in dry places, so these infrared heaters also double as dehumidifiers by keeping walls and the ceiling warm. This can help to reduce allergies and, because infrared heating doesn’t stir up the air, it means that there is no dust circulation. Asthmatics everywhere can breathe a collective sigh of relief without worry!

There you have it, Infrared heaters have cheaper installation costs, lower running costs, are healthier and faster! Modern Infrared heating panels, such as those found at Healthy Heat, also come in the form of stylish panels which can be hung neatly in a room without it being intrusive. Infrared heaters also don’t have any moving parts which make them completely silent, this makes them an ideal choice for bedrooms or living areas. So why not invest in a better heating system this winter?

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Article first produced on www.healthy-heat.com – Distinct Homes Ltd is Gozo’s only distributor for Healthy Heat Infrared heating panels