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What Is Infrared Heating?

The energy price cap rises of 2022 have left many people worried about how much they’re spending on their energy bills. If you’re looking for a way to heat your home without burning through your bank balance, then you may be wondering: why are so many people ditching the central heating system for infrared heating?

What is Infrared Heating?

Infrared heating is an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to most other space heating. It has become a much more popular option now that gas and oil prices in the UK have risen by 150%.

Instead of using traditional systems heating the air directly around it (convection), infrared heaters are designed to heat objects in a household such as walls or furniture. The object will absorb projected radiation from the heater, causing the molecules within it to vibrate and produce heat.

A gas boiler, on the other hand, must warm the air in a room. This is a process in which the speed is dependent on the size of the room (a big room will take a lot longer to heat).

Infrared’s radiation process isn’t just more cost-effective, it’s faster. You will feel its warmth almost as instantly as if you were standing in the sun. Ideal for those cold winter mornings. 

As we move towards the UK government’s pledge to phase out all gas boiler installations by 2035, it’s important to know what you’ll be switching to when the time comes.

Infrared Heaters

Is It Cheaper Than Electric?

Infrared heating systems require considerably less power to provide the same amount of warmth as gas boilers. Heating the surface of a room is more efficient than heating its volume. Furthermore, objects in a household such as walls and furniture have a thermal mass, meaning they can retain any heat they develop.

Air, on the other hand, has no thermal mass. So, if you have a conventional, convection-based heating system and accidentally leave a door open, that warm air is going to leave quickly. 

Another benefit of infrared is that you can switch individual heating panels on or off with ease. This means that you can heat individual rooms as needed, rather than heating the whole house for the sake of a room. This is called zonal heating and it is both cost and energy efficient.

infrared heating in use while woman reads book on sofa in the background

Is Infrared Heating Environmentally Friendly?

Infrared heating is unquestionably environmentally friendly.

Infrared heaters run on electricity, not gas. That, combined with how efficient it is, makes it a much better choice, both for the environment and your bank balance. Moreover, infrared panels convert all the electricity they generate into heat, unlike traditional radiators.

Reducing the energy, you’re using reduces the demand for its generation, better protecting the environment and conserving fossil fuels. 

infrared heating heating lamp in use

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