Sun on Face - infrared sun rays. Image courtesy Andre Furtado

Summary of benefits of far-infrared heating

Infracomfort Infrared technology

It is infrared energy that we experience when stepping out from the shade into the sun on a cold day – the air remains fresh, but you feel warm.

Infracomfort infrared heating panels emit safe infrared light which is absorbed by people, walls, floors, furniture and other surfaces, then re-emitted as comfortable radiant warmth.

Far infrared heating explained

There are no draughts and no noise, and unlike convection or fan-forced heating, infrared does not heat the air directly and doesn’t have the problem of hot air rising to the ceiling or rushing out the door.

The following are some of the benefits:

  • No maintenance and an expected life of around 30 years
  • 5-year manufacturer guarantee
  • Fits into ceiling grid with a stylish finish
  • Easily re-positioned if the building is re-configured at a later date
  • No egress required through walls of the building so no leakage potential
  • Warm to floor level with comparatively minimal heat loss to high spaces
  • Low energy demand
  • High level of comfort
  • No drafts
  • No noise
  • No mustiness, because fungi have no moisture in walls and other surfaces to support them.
  • Safe (surface temperature is about 72 degrees C with thermal cut-out at 110 degrees C)
  • Far-infrared is at the safe end of the light spectrum health-wise which is known to promote good circulation

The placement and retention of the warmth where it is needed, combined with the low wattage of the infrared heating panels, creates a very cost-effective system with low demand on electrical infrastructure.

Convection heaters heat the air and move it around. Infrared doesn’t heat the air directly, which is where much of the energy savings occur.

Far-infrared heat generates a feeling of health and well-being that traditional convection heaters are not able to offer. Many users compare the effect of infrared heat as being similar to sunshine.

This comfort is usually achieved at a room air temperature several degrees lower than that usually required for typical convective type heating, which is reflected in the lower energy input rates than if calculated for convective type heating systems

The temperature difference floor to ceiling with infrared heating is typically one to two degrees Celcius. With convection heaters, however, this can range between seven and ten degrees C.

There is also no outdoor temperature differential to contend with in heat transfer and our infrared panel heaters remain effective even with outdoor temperatures as low as -25 degrees Celcius.

The flexibility of Infracomfort far-infrared heating makes it an ideal choice for the many different spaces in homes and commercial buildings, large and small, found throughout New Zealand.

For more details and references, please contact us.