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March 23, 2023

Benefits of far-infrared heating in schools


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Introduction

Infracomfort far-infrared heating has received positive feedback from over 100 New Zealand schools, universities, and pre-schools. This document aims to provide a brief overview of why this heating system is worth considering for your school.

Benefits from the School’s Perspective:

  • Cost-Effective: Independent studies have shown that Infracomfort far-infrared heating incurs one-third of the lifetime cost of heat pumps, even when used for heating only.
  • Longevity: Infracomfort far-infrared heating has a life expectancy of 30+ years with no maintenance required.
  • No Outdoor Component: Infracomfort far-infrared heating has no outdoor component that may be subject to weather, flooding, vandalism, gathering detritus, or rusting.
  • Easy Management: Infracomfort far-infrared heating is easy to manage.
  • Efficient: Infracomfort far-infrared heating is programmed to eliminate waste while retaining a local override function for out-of-the-ordinary events such as evening meetings.
  • Back-up Shut-down: Infracomfort far-infrared heating has a back-up capability to turn off the heating later in the evenings to save power should evening users forget to cancel their manual setting.
  • Less Energy Loss: Infracomfort far-infrared heating results in less energy loss (therefore wastage) when doors and windows are opened.
  • Happy Staff and Students: Infracomfort far-infrared heating provides even, comfortable warmth that is not dry or stuffy, with low intensity, warming at floor level without being hot for people standing up, no noise, no draughts, consistent performance even on the coldest days, and ability to open doors and windows for fresh air exchange with minimal heat loss.

From the Supplier’s Perspective:

  • Free Specifying and Pricing: Infracomfort NZ Ltd will specify at no cost and with no obligation. The process is simple, by simply providing the plans, or an opportunity to visit the site.
  • Specialization: Infracomfort NZ Ltd is New Zealand’s leading specialist in this technology and has an excellent reputation with schools and other sectors. Infracomfort has been supplying far infrared heating solutions to New Zealand schools for over 14 years.

From the Installer’s Perspective:

  • Flexibility: Infracomfort far-infrared heating panels (with a range of wattages to suit) can be fitted in different contexts such as flat ceilings, suspended ceilings, on trusses, on walls in smaller spaces, or lowered on cables for high ceilings.
  • Simplified Installation: Infracomfort far-infrared heating provides hardwired or wireless control options, simplifying installation.
  • Low Energy Demand: Infracomfort far-infrared heating has low energy demand, therefore low infrastructure demand as well.
  • Easy Relocation: Infracomfort far-infrared heating can be easily relocated in the event of a change of use of the space.
  • Reliable Support: Infracomfort NZ Ltd is a reliable, experienced, and supportive supplier.

Clarification of Common Misconceptions:

  • Far-infrared heating should not be confused with older radiant heating methods, which were expensive to run. The old short-wave infrared is high intensity and does not penetrate to floor level. Glowing heaters advertised as infrared on TV are not far-infrared heaters.
  • Heat pumps do produce three times the energy they use, but only at temperatures above 15.0 degrees C. As temperatures drop below that, their efficiency drops dramatically and they have a 1:1 ratio at 7.0 degrees C and below.
  • Hot air rises, which is a disadvantage with air heating systems, but it is not a problem with far-infrared heating. This is especially so when heating spaces with high ceilings and school halls.
  • Far-infrared heating does heat the air indirectly, by warming up objects (mass) first, which in turn heats up the air. This means that rooms are pre-warmed to a comfortable level before the school day starts.
  • Heat pumps do not bring in fresh air. Most heat pumps installed in schools recirculate existing air.

Options for Cooling

  • When designing a new building or refurbishing an existing one, it is important to consider the climate and avoid forced mechanical systems where possible. Using shade and verandas can be helpful.
  • Open windows are a simple but effective way to cool down older schools (and some better-designed newer ones) that have high-opening windows that allow hot air to escape. This feature is known as cross-flow ventilation and is often overlooked.
  • Ceiling fans are common in hot tropical climates and are an inexpensive way to maintain excellent comfort even at high ambient temperatures. New models offer silent and efficient air movement.
  • Natural systems like shade from deciduous trees can also be effective for cooling.
  • Heat pumps should be used as a last resort for cooling, only when other options are not available. Using them for cooling significantly increases annual energy costs and reduces the lifespan of the unit. When using heat pumps for cooling, it is important to keep windows and doors closed all the time. The disadvantage of using heat pumps for cooling is that they only circulate existing air in the room and do not provide fresh air exchange.

In summary, Infracomfort far-infrared heating is a cost-effective, long-lasting, and easy-to-manage option for schools. Its ability to provide even, comfortable warmth with minimal energy loss makes it a great choice for your school’s heating needs.

Disclaimer: This article was created with assistance from GPT-4

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