How long should an infrared heater run?

How long should an infrared heater run?

As with all heating systems, to ensure they are working efficiently it is important to understand how they work and the best way to set them up. How long should an infrared heater run? If you get it right you’ll feel as warm and toasty as that cute little kitten above.

First things first, infrared heat doesn’t work the same as convection heat. Infrared is far more efficient for a start! Whereas convection heaters heat the air, create a circulation of air (where the warmed air rises and the denser cold air drops) and stir up dust (look out allergy sufferers, it’s heating season!) infrared heat is stored within the structure of the space you’re heating first, then gently radiating heat throughout the room with an even temperature and a pleasant atmosphere. No stuffy heads with infrared heaters!

So, how long should an infrared heater run? Let’s think again about convection heat (the last time I promise). Convection heat is really inefficient because it only heats the air and warmed air is very easily lost through windows, doors, gaps in the floorboards, you name it. This inefficiency means that it just isn’t practical to have it running all the time, so people have got used to turning their (convection) heating on and off regularly, unless they’re wealthier than an A list movie star.

Infrared heats the structure of the space and the items in that space, which absorb or radiate heat back out. Infrared heat is not prone to heat loss in the same way as convection because heat is stored efficiently (not in the air). So, how long should an infrared heater run?

When using infrared heat, the most efficient way to set it up is to work with temperature parameters. That is, we have a temperature setting for when we want to use the space (we recommend 21ºC) and a temperature for when we’re not using the space (we recommend 14ºC). This means that your infrared heater will be maintaining heat in the structure of the space and a consistent, even and efficient heat for you. So when you think about how long should an infrared heater run, if it is a good quality infrared heater, with intelligent controls, then you should set you temperature parameters for times that suit you, switch it on and forget it about. When it needs to heat the heater will heat, when it doesn’t, it won’t.

Funkyheat infrared heaters are designed with intelligent and efficient controls, each heater monitors and adjusts, even if they are on the same temperature zones. This means that heaters in the same room may have a different surface temperature, providing additional heating system efficiency. One of our 1000W heaters for example will only draw the power required to maintain the room temperature, it will not always be working at 1000W. Smart, efficient infrared heating from funkyheat.

 

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