The science behind far-infrared heating: An introduction
Far-infrared heating is an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technology that directly heats objects, surfaces, and people instead of the surrounding air. It offers advantages such as improved comfort, health benefits, and reduced CO2 emissions compared to traditional heating systems. 1/101
Welcome to the first article in our “Far-infrared 101: A comprehensive journey” series. In this article, we’ll introduce the science behind far-infrared heating and how it has revolutionized how we heat our homes, schools, and workplaces. Understanding the basics of far-infrared heating can help you make informed decisions about your heating needs.
Far-infrared heating is an innovative and sustainable heating technology that has gained popularity in recent years due to its efficiency, comfort, and environmental benefits. This type of heating system utilises far-infrared radiation, which is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Infrared radiation can be divided into three categories: near-infrared, mid-infrared, and far-infrared. Far-infrared radiation, with wavelengths between 3 and 100 micrometres, is the focus of our discussion.
Far-infrared heat panels work by emitting far-infrared radiation, which is absorbed by objects, surfaces, and people in the room, causing them to warm up. This differs from traditional convection heating systems, which primarily heat the air. As a result, far-infrared heating offers several advantages over traditional heating systems.
Energy Efficiency: Far-infrared heaters consume less energy than conventional heaters, as they directly heat objects and people instead of the surrounding air. This results in faster heating times and less energy wasted on heating unused spaces.
Comfort: Far-infrared heating creates a more even and comfortable temperature throughout the room. As objects and surfaces absorb the heat, they radiate warmth back into the room, reducing drafts and cold spots.
Health Benefits: Far-infrared heating produces a healthier indoor environment, as it doesn’t circulate dust, allergens, or mould spores. Additionally, the gentle warmth provided by far-infrared radiation is thought to have therapeutic benefits for the human body.
Environmental Impact: With lower energy consumption and reduced CO2 emissions, far-infrared heating is a more environmentally friendly option compared to traditional heating systems.
Now that we’ve covered the basics of the science behind far-infrared heating, you might be curious to learn about its origins. In our next article, “A brief history of infrared radiation and its discovery,” we will explore the fascinating story behind the discovery of infrared radiation and how it has evolved into the advanced heating technology we use today. Stay tuned for this historical journey and the remaining 99 articles in our comprehensive series on far-infrared heating.