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January 20, 2021

High performance far-infrared heat panels Vs. near-infrared heaters


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Types of infrared heaters

What are the different types of infrared heaters? There are two main types of infrared heater available on the market today, but they are not equals.

  • Near-infrared heaters are characterised by their familiar orange glow. They are found in appliances such as food warmers, patio heaters and heat lamps.
  • Far-infrared heaters, which utilise the heat waves from the far end of the spectrum, are used in modern heating appliances such as eco-friendly infrared heat panels.

Whilst near-infrared NIR technology has been around for many decades, it is the beneficial properties of recently developed FIR far-infrared heating that is gaining ground with those who want a cheaper and greener way to heat a home, school or workplace.

Near-infrared heater (NIR)

Near-infrared heaters are often characterised by the orange glow of their filament when they are switched on. Because they operate closer to the red end of the spectrum, near-infrared heaters are less efficient than far-infrared heaters.

If is glows it is not far-infrared
If it glows — it’s not a far-infrared heater

Types of near-infrared heaters include patio heaters, health lamps, heaters for factory processes such as drying paint and a variety of other commercial and industrial uses.

Far-infrared heater (FIR)

Far-infrared heating works by warming the surface of an object (a desk, wall, floor or human body) and this is then radiated back into the room as natural heat. This process is completely opposite to convection heating systems, which work by warming the air around them.

Far-infrared panels have a number of advantages. Today’s far-infrared heaters are designed to work in conjunction with smart controllers and thermostats, and are a cost effective way of providing heat to a home or building.

Far-infrared heater by Infracomfort
Far-infrared heat panel by Infracomfort

Utilising far-infrared heat panels can cut the cost of heating a home by up to 70%. Far-infrared heat panels can be used in both domestic and commercial environments and are considered more flexible than other heating systems.

Many new homes are beginning to incorporate far-infrared heat panels rather than older forms of heating. It is also easy to retrofit a building. You can mount the panels on a wall, or on the ceiling to increase the area of room coverage.

Far-infrared heat panels are used in a variety of situations including shops, saunas, care homes, schools and in domestic properties and offices.


The flexibility of Infracomfort far-infrared heating makes it the ideal choice to suit the many different room sizes and living spaces found in homes, schools, communities, workplaces and commercial buildings throughout New Zealand.