February 20, 2023

A beginners guide to understanding far-infrared heating

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If you are looking for a brand new heating solution for your home or business, then you have probably heard of far-infrared heat panels.

However, you may not know how they work or understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with using far-infrared heat panels. In this guide, we’ll be looking to answer questions concerning the pros and cons of far-infrared heating.

We trust that the following information will allow you to make an informed decision on whether or not to purchase a far-infrared heating system from Infracomfort.

What are far-infrared heat panels?

Far-infrared heat panels are the latest addition to the residential and commercial heating industry. Infrared heating uses a natural and safe far-infrared radiation to heat objects such as furniture and people, which in turn emit the energy back into the room as radiant heat.

Invisible to humans, far-infrared light waves sit within the “safe zone” of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Typically, people think of radiation as a harmful thing, but the warmth you feel from the sun’s rays is infrared heat radiation, and it is entirely safe.

Infracomfort far-infrared heat panels emit an invisible light wave that travels through the air until it reaches an object such as furniture or a person.

The far-infrared waves hitting the object produce molecular vibrations causing them to heat up. The heat created is released back into the room as radiant heat, resulting in an evenly heated space.

How does far-infrared compare to traditional convection heating?

Traditional convection heating works by warming the air itself. Conventional fan-forced heaters tend to produce an uneven distribution of heat because the air needs to circulate for the whole room to get warm. 

Traditional convection heating Vs. far-infrared heating
Traditional convection heating Vs. far-infrared heating.

Convection heating only affects the surrounding air, which is why people tend to place themselves closer to the heater to feel the benefits. Meanwhile, on the other side of the room or at ground level, the warmth may be limited.

Unlike convection heating, far-infrared heating emits radiant heat which directly heats bodies and objects with which it comes in contact. This heat is then released back into the room or space, resulting in evenly distributed heat. 

Infracomfort far-infrared heating technology does not rely on warm air circulation. Therefore, even with doors or windows open on a cold day, you will still feel the direct far-infrared heat – just like feeling the warm sunshine on a winters day.

Where can far-infrared heat panels be installed?

Infracomfort far-infrared heat panels install easily on just about any surface; however, the key to achieving an even heat distribution is positioning.

Infrared waves travel until they hit something. It is essential to position the far-infrared heat panel where objects will not initially block the waves.

H Series infrared heat panel in Snells Beach home
Infracomfort far-infrared heat panels mounted on the sloped ceiling of a New Zealand home.

The ideal place to install Infracomfort far-infrared heat panels is on the ceiling or high on the wall. This elevated positioning ensures the far-infrared rays are unobstructed and so the heat panels can do its job of heating the room.

For large rooms, it may be worthwhile installing additional far-infrared panels on separate walls or ceiling areas to achieve the desired heating effect. To get the best coverage from multiple units, try to position the heat panels at least 1.5 metres apart. 

Infracomfort far-infrared heat panels are available in various sizes, so select a size or sizes suitable for your room.

Infracomfort H series far-infrared heat panel wall mounted in new IT  room, Green Meadows School, Auckland.
Infracomfort H series far-infrared heat panel wall mounted in new IT room, Green Meadows School, Auckland.

What are the advantages of far-infrared heating?

Better heat distribution. Infrared heating distributes the heating evenly, so there are fewer cold spots.

Fast heating times. With far-infrared heating panels, there’s an immediate effect the moment you turn on the heater. 

Lower heating costs. Running far-infrared heat panels are more cost-effective than traditional convection heaters.

Quality heating. Convection heaters heat the air and move it around. Infrared doesn’t heat the air directly. Far-infrared heat generates a feeling of health and well-being that traditional convection heaters are not able to offer. Many users compare the effect of infrared heat as being similar to sunshine. 

Easy installation. Far-infrared heat panels are much easier to install than heat pumps, wood or pellet burner heating systems. You can attach your far-infrared heat panel on the ceiling or the wall which is as easy and straightforward as putting up a flat-screen TV.  

Minimalist design. The Infracomfort far-infrared heat panel designs are simple yet satisfying and pleasing to the eye.

Silent operation. No whirring, no buzzing, no creaking or rattling. Infrared heat panels operate silently.

Low maintenance: There are no moving or motor parts in a far-infrared heating system, so minimal to zero maintenance is required. Also, there are no filters or fans requiring cleaning or replacement.

H SerieH Series panels suspended in newly refurbished learning space at Parnell District Schools panels suspended in newly refurbished learing space at Parnell District School
Infracomfort H Series heat panels suspended in newly refurbished learning space at Parnell District School

What are the disadvantages of far-infrared heating?

May need to be installed in every room. Far-infrared heat panels may need to be installed in every room or area that needs heating. For some people, this zone warming may also feel limited, especially if you’re constantly moving around the home.

Higher initial investment. Although the price of a single far-infrared heat panel isn’t prohibitive, you may need to purchase multiple heat panels to heat an entire home. Infrared heat panels are also more expensive than the cheapest standard fan heater, ceramic heater, or oil-based column space heater.

No built-in temperature control. Most far-infrared heat panels do not include a built-in thermostat as standard. However, a plug-in or room thermostat can easily be installed to provide unlimited programmable zones to target just the areas that you need to heat.

Are far-infrared heat panels a green solution?

One of the most significant advantages far-infrared heating has over traditional gas heaters, oil heaters and heat pumps is just how environmentally friendly it is.

If your energy provider supplies you with renewable energy (green electricity) you can totally eliminate your CO2 emission.

Green infrared technology
 Infracomfort infrared panel heaters are already part of a green energy future. 

Heating with Infracomfort far-infrared panels can help to lower your carbon footprint while still keeping you warm and comfortable.

Summary of features and benefits of far-infrared heating

Far-infrared heat panels are the latest technology breakthrough in residential and commercial heating. Far-infrared heat panels operate efficiently and offer many advantages over traditional heating. Far-infrared heat panels are environmentally friendly.

Infrared heating panels by Infracomfort NZ
Infracomfort heating uses a natural and safe far-infrared wave to heat objects such as furniture and people

Whether you’re building a new home from scratch or simply want to replace your tired old heating with an efficient heating solution, consider Infracomfort far-infrared heat panels.

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.