Whether you are a business or home owner, heating is probably one of those issues that is often at the forefront of your mind. With utility companies starting to put up their prices again, finding a more economical way to heat your property is important.
Most of us tend to rely on gas or oil based heating, with a boiler that uses fossil fuels and works with the use of convection heaters – in other words, radiators that heat the surrounding air. These are all well and good but not only increase your impact on the environment because of carbon emissions but can also cost more to run and maintain in the long term. Not to mention those unfortunate properties that are off the national gas grid that will have to use propane or electric storage heating.
The good news is that better technology is coming onto the market. One such is infrared heating and it could just revolutionise your home or office.
We know about infrared heating already. Step out outside and you’ll feel the warmth of the sun on your face. That’s the power of infrared. It heats objects, not the air around it as convection heating does. You feel an immediate impact.
Infrared is a part of the light spectrum and has been used for a long while to provide heating. The change over recent years has been the development of panels that can be used to deliver comfortable heating that can be used around the house in place of more conventional systems. It’s easy to install and costs a lot less to run in conjunction with smart thermostats. Various size panels are available to buy and you can even get systems that work as underfloor heating.
There’s also some great health benefits. If you have a problem with damp, then infrared can help you control it and keep areas like walls dry – that’s because they heat objects directly rather than the air around. Because there are few moving parts, these panels are also low maintenance and you can literally fit them and forget about them. Add in the ability to control their usage with Wi-Fi thermostats, you can easily smart control your panels and make sure you only use power when you need it.
If you currently have a conventional heating system with radiators, it might seem a big job to suddenly switch over to infrared, however attractive it sounds. The good news is that you don’t have to do it all in one go. You can change the heating in a one room and find out how it works for you in the first place and then convert your home or office as you have the finances available.
Businesses have long been under pressure to lower their CO2 emissions and comply with various legislation. Switching to infrared heating is not only good for the health of your staff and visiting customers, and can cut down the costs, but will also significantly reduce the amount of carbon emissions you produce.
Because it heats objects directly, infrared can be applied to a range of room sizes. It’s used in large warehouses, and offices, all the way down to bedsits. If you are thinking about a change of heating, then infrared is certainly one of the options to consider.