Information on the mode of operation and the benefits of infrared heating [IR]
What is heating in infrared or infrared [IR] technology ?
In the natural environment, infrared radiation is widespread. Natural sources of infrared radiation are the sun and fire. Almost 50% of the solar radiation reaching the Earth are infrared rays. On a sunny day, we feel it in the form of heat, which is perceived by many people as a pleasant feeling. Open fire radiates only in a small part in the visible range. It mainly emits infrared rays, causing a thermal effect.
Already around 1800, a German-British astronomer, constructor and musician Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel, when he tried to measure the temperature of individual colours of sunlight, discovered infrared radiation. In science and industry, infrared heating technology has been used for several decades. The Russian MIR orbital station has been heated by infrared continuously for 18 years.
Infrared heating uses the energy of electromagnetic waves in the infrared range. They can undergo reflection, refraction, concentration or absorption. The role of the heat carrier is then played by all surfaces in the room, starting from the walls and ending on our body. In practical terms the infrared radiation (heat) works like the rays of the sun - it is far away and although its radiation flows through the outer space where the temperature is close to -273 °C (the temperature of absolute zero) it heats all solids on the ground, consequently from which, the air gets heated up.
Is it safe?
The electromagnetic wave has a different frequency, and thus the length. Visible light has a wavelength from 380 to 780 nanometers [nm], infrared has a wavelength from 780 nm to 1 mm.
Among the different electromagnetic wavelengths, these two are the best for a man because it is just thanks to them that we exist on the earth. The sun emits also other electromagnetic wavelengths, which are disadvantageous, for example ultraviolet light with a wavelength from 10 nm to 380 nm, which fortunately in a large part are filtered by the ozone layer. Visible light and infrared reach the earth constantly and without them there would be no life on our planet.
How does infrared heating work?
Infrared heating does not heat the air, but the walls and all objects in the room. The heat accumulated in the walls and furniture is then evenly emitted in the form of pleasant heat. It is a completely natural process that works similar to sunlight or a tiled stove. The heat waves produced in this way also have no influence on the air movement in the room and ensure an even, pleasant humidity of the air. The air remains fresh and dust-free, and the ventilation system is not affected by ventilation
The wind chill in the room is up to 2-3 °C higher than in the case of convective heating. This delicate thermal radiation causes a pleasant feeling and saves heating costs.
What does an infrared heating panel look like?
There is a very wide choice. You can choose between simple Classic panels (pictured on the left), elegant heating in the form of paintings or glass panels with motif (right), mirror infrared panels for bathrooms, lobby rooms and other rooms as well as structural, stylish and eye-catching heating panels in the apartment or office or panels with their own graphics, which can be prepared by us tailor-made.
Our electric infrared heating systems are light, flat and easy to install, they receive a 5-year warranty and offer the option of any expansion.
How does it look in terms of heating costs?
The infrared heating system is a very economical system when it comes to costs per year. The annual heating costs depend primarily on the prevailing climate (daytime temperature), the condition of the building (insulation), the desired room temperature and the current electricity prices. In case of a well isolated house located in Poland (u = 0.20 - 0.23), with an average cold winter, we count with annual costs for electricity in the amount of 40 PLN/m2 . You can calculate it in the following way - it was assumed that the heating season is October 1 to April 30 or 210 days; average daily number of heating hours: 7.5 hours; power consumption for heated area 100m² - 3 kW; the price of electricity per kW: PLN 0.6; annual heating costs: around PLN 2,850. The above assumptions concern residential buildings built in modern construction technologies.
What are the benefits of using infrared panels?
- Low purchase costs (up to 70% savings)
- No need for additional storage of heating materials
- No hidden additional costs
- Versatile and space-saving
- A nicer room climate
- Almost without turbulences of air and dust
- Combats and prevents the formation of mold
- An individual project that provides hundreds of possibilities
- Easy to assemble yourself
- Environment-friendly and durable
- Lifetime solution
- The possibility of a simple extension at any time
- European production
If I were to consider the infrared heating, how is this process going?The procedure is following:
- on the basis of information from the Client about the thermal insulation of walls and ceilings as well as room projections, we prepare project assumptions together with proposals for solutions and price offer
- upon initial acceptance of the above assumptions, we pass our test sample panel to our Client so that he can become familiar with the properties of the infrared heating solution
- after accepting the offer, we sign a contract for the detailed design and implementation of the investment.