Funkyheat Infrared heating is smart, efficient and stylish
How does Infrared heating save money when compared to convection heating?
Are you just going to take our word for it? We hope not! There have been a number of independent studies (so you don’t need to take our word for it) looking at the various elements contributing to efficient heating and specifically the efficacy of infrared heating and answering the question how does infrared heating save money. The headline findings of those studies are:
- 1/3 more energy is required to heat a room using convection heat
- Convection heating is subject to higher heat loss caused by draughts than infrared heating
- Infrared heaters can provide the same comfort levels at lower temperatures than convection heat
- Convection heat is a far less efficient source of heat transfer than infrared heating
- When compared to infrared heating, it takes 6% more energy to raise the temperature by 1C
(Sources at end of page)
There are other savings too…Infrared heaters have no additional medium – traditional water based radiator systems use a boiler powered by gas, oil, pellet etc. to heat water, this is then pumped around pipes and through radiators before heating the air via a convection action. Inefficiency in traditional systems such as these occurs in 3 places:
- The efficiency of the boiler. Boiler efficiency degrades very quickly from new and it is not uncommon for boilers to be less than 80% efficient during their working life
- Heat loss occurs through the pipes that the water is pumped around, meaning that the boiler must work harder to make up for these heat losses
- The inefficient action of convection heating (as described above)
Infrared heaters convert all their energy into heat. Only the top A-Rated condensing boilers can claim initial levels of efficiency approaching 97%, but in order to permit the temperature drop required to allow a condensing boiler to work, you often have to fit larger radiator panels, which can end-up being a considerable expense.
So in answer to the question how does infrared heating save money, infrared heating will save you money on day to day heating costs and it will provide and more comfortable retained heat…
What size infrared heater do you need?
With any type of heating it is essential to have the correct size of heater for the space that you want to heat. It’s important therefore to ensure that your room heating calculations are appropriate and accurate.
So if you’re considering installing infrared heating, how do you select the correct size of infrared heater to heat your home? Firstly the calculations for heat requirements for convection and infrared are very different. What’s the reason for the difference? It’s the action of infrared heating and the fact that infrared heat is less prone to heat loss due to draughts and leaky buildings.
…What other benefits are there with funkyheat?
- Eco – Almost zero energy wastage and emission-free, a great partner for solar
- Designer – Design your own heater with your favourite picture
- Mirror – Mist-free mirror heaters for the bathroom
- Easy installation – No expensive plumber bills or unsightly pipes
- Wall mounted – Or ceiling mounted if you need space
- Instant heat – Infrared heating acts very quickly
- Zero maintenance – Minimal parts.
- 5 year warranty – and CE certified
- Healthy – Better for allergy sufferers, noise and odour free
- Flexible – Solo use for difficult to heat rooms or as a whole heating system
- Smart – Variable thermostats and possibility to zone only small areas
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