How Far infrared heating works
Far infrared is radiant heat, it’s the same as the feeling of warmth from the sun on your face and the heat from a coal fire. It is even the same form of heat emitted by your own body.
It is the most basic form of heating known to man. Used by cavemen to heat themselves by fires; by Romans in their hypocausts, by log burners and tile stoves. Favoured for millennia because it heats objects, which then radiate back and keep the environment warm around you. Radiant heat does not heat air – which holds little heat and disappears.
But in the last 60 years, we have forgotten about radiant heating: not because a better technology replaced it, but because fossil fuels that powered central heating made it so cheap to heat air.
Today, new technology, in the form of our 100% energy efficient Herschel far infrared heating panels, is allowing us to use radiant heating once more in a stylish, comfortable and highly controllable way.
What is Infrared Heat?
Infrared is radiated heat: the feeling of warmth from the sun on your face; the heat from a coal fire, or a toaster. It is even the same form of heat emitted by your own body. It is the most basic form of heating known to man.
Used by cavemen to heat themselves by fires; by Romans in their hypocausts, by log burners and tile stoves, Infrared heating has been favoured for millennia because like the heat of the sun on your surrounding environment – even during winter – Infrared heats objects, which then radiate back and keep the environment warm around you. Radiant heat does not heat air – which holds little heat and rapidly disperses.
Infrared waves travel through the air and when they touch a surface, heat energy is released regardless of the surrounding air temperature. That heat energy excites the molecules in the object it meets which being to vibrate and gain energy (and warm up). Water absorbs Far Infrared specifically well, and as our skin is 80% water, we are perfectly adapted to Far Infrared (Robinson, 2014). Far Infrared – unsurprisingly – the same band of infrared that the human body itself emits.
All objects (including people) absorb and emit infrared and whether one is absorbing or emitting depends on the difference in temperatures between objects in an environment. If objects in an environment are warmer than you are, you will warm up from them. If you are warmer than objects in an environment you will radiate out to them and feel cold. (This Infrared emission is why police Infrared cameras can see fugitives trying to escape detection). But it is also why we can still feel cold in centrally heated rooms, which only heat the air and don’t heat the objects within a room.
SIX REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE FAR INFRARED HEATERS
1. FAR INFRARED HEATING IS 100% NATURAL FOR OUR BODIES AND OUR WELL-BEING.
The human body is designed to accept and to emit infrared waves. Far Infrared heating works on the basis of gentle, long-wave Infrared which penetrates the air and heats solids. If you like the warmth of the sun then you will love the feeling you get from your new infrared heating system.
2. FAR INFRARED HEATING DOES NOT HEAT AIR BUT THE FABRIC OF THE BUILDING.
It is different to more traditional heating systems that just heat the air. The fabric of the building can retain heat for longer, creating better thermal comfort, so your property will not only be warmer and cosier, there will be less dust, and for asthma and allergy sufferers, less pollutants to breathe in.
3. LESS DAMP AND MOULD BECAUSE FAR INFRARED HEATING WARMS WALLS AND KEEPS THEM DRY.
This will mean there is no damp or mould to ruin your decorations and all of the room will reach the same temperature.
4. GREATLY REDUCED ENERGY USE.
Experience shows that a sufficiently insulated building fitted with infrared systems and controls can expect significant reductions in energy usage.
Almost 100% of the electrical energy used by Infrared heaters is converted into heat. Our Infrared systems offer owners an unprecedented level of control over their property’s temperature and energy use, and offer higher thermal comfort levels. Compared with other gas oil or electric solutions, Infrared heating saves between 30 – 60% of the annual energy usage.
5. FAR INFRARED HEATERS REQUIRE NO MAINTENANCE OR SERVICING.
Our heaters use solid state elements unlike water-based heating or fan-assisted systems, which often require servicing, inspection and repair costs. Far Infrared heaters and control products are certified to national safety standards.
6. FAR INFRARED HEATING IS COMPLETELY FREE OF ALL CARBON EMISSIONS.
When used with electricity produced either by wind or solar generated electrical energy, is one of the only heating systems that can truly claim to be 100% carbon free.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF RADIANT HEAT
In harmony with the human body
The human body radiates most strongly in the infrared wave length of around 10 microns, This is very close to the Far infrared Heaters that operate at around 4 to 9 microns because this is considered to be the most effective at producing heat in harmony with the human body.
Whilst making no specific claims on the health benefits of radiant heat it is well known to have many beneficial aspects. There are in excess of 10,000 studies available to access on the internet. A practical, every day, health related use for far infrared is for baby’s incubators to support growth and good health.
Health benefits* include:
- Detoxification of the blood
- Vitamin D (to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder)
- Breathing problems such as Asthma
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Compression fractures
- Pain relief
- Join complaints
HOW IT SAVES YOU MONEY
Designed to save energy and money
- Saves at least 50%* against conventional heating systems.
- The unique on/off action of the infrared heat cycle means that only a small amount of electricity is needed to maintain your desired temperature.
- Individual room temperature settings to 0.1 degrees Celsius accuracy to ensure you have complete control of you home living temperature and conditions.
- Infrared requires 2°c less set as a desired temperature compared to convection heat, minimizing your energy bills but maintaining your comfort level.
- 100% Electric based system, 100% energy conversion.
- No moving parts, no maintenance.
- Uses home or office, proven electrical wiring for communication between heaters and control panel.
- Manufactured and developed in the UK.
*Provided you run the CHS system at the same temperatures and for the same length of time as you previously ran your old heating system, we expect you to save at least 50% on your heating energy bills and in some cases more.