IR Heating: facts vs fiction

IR Heating: facts vs fiction

The experts at Tansun answer some of the most common questions regarding infrared heating as well as revealing the truth behind some of the myths.

Infrared heating is growing in popularity, and is fast becoming one of the top choices for home heating in the UK. Developed to be 100% efficient, many people are taking an interest in this new form of technology. As with anything new, some end-users have misconceptions about using infrared heating in the places they occupy every day, especially as a replacement for something like central heating.

To ease some of these concerns, let’s take a look at a few commonly asked questions about the technology:

Is infrared heating safe and is it comfortable?
Infrared is actually the oldest and most natural type of heat as it’s what the sun emits but without any harmful ultra violet (UV) rays. Infrared heat transmits natural heat in an efficient and safe way, eliminating the unhealthy emissions and smells that come with some gas heaters and oil burners, and guarantees clear air with zero emissions and no odour. It’s so safe, in fact, that far infrared  (the gentlest form of infrared) is often used in incubators for babies to keep them warm.

Can infrared panels burn?
Like any traditional heater, infrared heaters will get hot when they’re in use. The heat levels are similar to that of a gas radiator to the touch, but have the advantage of not having to be installed at floor level and can be fitted on walls and ceilings.

Are infrared panels difficult to install?
Infrared heating panels are highly cost-effective to install as they don’t require pipework to function and simply plug into the wall like a regular appliance. Because of their versatility, it’s also possible to gradually introduce infrared heaters as they can be quickly and easily installed by an electrician, making it cheaper than other forms of heating. Additionally, disruption is also minimal as panels can be installed in less than a day, making it much more desirable than having to move things like carpets and floorboards.

Does infrared heat lead to a suntan?
While infrared heat is designed to be similar to what is generated by the sun, it’s the sun’s UV component that enables people to tan and not infrared. Infrared heat doesn’t tan the skin but instead stimulates circulation and eases muscle pain. As such, it’s widely used as a source of heating in yoga studios and health facilities.

Will it damage the wall or ceiling?
Infrared heating panels only contain a few components, with one of the most important being insulation to ensure walls and ceilings are protected from any heat generated. It’s designed to push the infrared energy outwards in order to heat the room more effectively.

Is infrared heating reliable?
Because the heaters contain so few components and no moving parts, infrared heaters require little/no maintenance and can last for many years. Developed to be highly energy efficient, Tansun’s radiant panels are cost-effective, can enable significant heating cost savings and come with a full five-year warranty.

Do infrared devices interfere with each other?
If every radio used the same frequency, everyone listening would be able to hear multiple stations at once, which is why each station has their own frequency. Infrared works in the same way by using different frequencies to others to avoid any interference.

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