Mode of action of infrared heaters
Infrared heating mode of operation
More than just hot air: differences between conventional heating systems and IR heaters
Conventional heating systems, such as heat pumps, pellet stoves, gas or oil heating work on the principle of convection heat. Convection heat works by first heating the air, which as a result warms the people in the room. This process creates an uncomfortable indoor air climate due to high heating air temperatures, air movement and uneven layers of warm and cold air. In addition, when doors and windows are opened, the heated room air is quickly replaced by cool, fresh air, which means that it has to be reheated after each airing – an inefficient and, above all, costly heating concept that, on top of everything else, only generates noticeable heat after longer heating periods. In addition, the air is dried out by the heating in convection heating systems and the low humidity leads to a constant distribution of dust particles and thus to an increased dust load, which can be particularly problematic for elderly and sensitive people and allergy sufferers.
And how does an IR heater work?
Disadvantages of convection heating
- High acquisition costs
- Ongoing maintenance costs
- Lower life expectancy and very expensive to replace
- Additional electricity and other utilities such as chimney sweep service, etc.
- Unfavorable temperature distribution in the room (cold on the floor, hot under the ceiling)
- High energy loss due to high ventilation losses (30-40%) and thus additional heating costs
- Unhealthy indoor climate due to high dust generation and drier air
- Additional space requirement for storage of e.g. pellets, oil etc.
- Enormous heat loss due to heat generation in an external room (therme in other room).
- Often unappealing design