How does infrared heating work and what are the features and benefits?

The sun’s infrared rays warm our planet and everything on it by creating heat independent of surrounding air temperature.

About infrared heating

Infrared heat is all around us. It has always been there and we even emit it ourselves. Infrared heating is the original and most natural form of heating in existence.

Infrared waves provide healthy, natural heat – like the warmth of the sun on your face on a cold winter dayPat Kane, Infracomfort

It is infrared energy that we experience when we feel the sun’s warmth on our face, even on a cold winter day. That’s the sun’s infrared waves a work.

Infrared light has a longer wavelength than the red light we can see, and so the literal meaning of infrared is beyond red.

British astronomer William Herschel discovered infrared light after noticing warmth just beyond the red end of the visible light spectrum. He published the results of his discovery before the Royal Society of London in 1800

Infrared waves are divided into 3 three regions of the electromagnetic light spectrum:

  • Near-infrared (short wave / IR-A)
  • Mid-infrared (middle wave / IR-B)
  • Far-infrared (long wave / IR-C)

Infracomfort heat panels and outdoor patio heaters emit only far-infrared IR-C waves with a wavelength of around 10.000 nm which is known to be very safe and healthy.

Comfortable healthy warmth

Whether at home or at work, we all like to be comfortably warm and our personal comfort relies just as much on radiant heat transfer as it does on air temperature. An ideal way to achieve high comfort with low energy consumption is with gentle and safe far-infrared heating technology.


Convective heating causes air circulation where the air cools down by touching the colder walls and ceilings. This airflow needs to be reheated all the time and requires energy. and most of the hot air ends up at the ceiling, where you don’t need it.

Infracomfort heaters emit only far-infrared waves which are known to be very safe and healthyDerek Potts, Infracomfort

Infracomfort heat panels send heat waves to walls, ceilings, floors, windows, furniture and other objects first and from there the air gets heated. There is no airflow and no need to reheat the air all the time.

There is less air movement which reduces the amount of dust lifted into the air. The result of this is you have far less dust and allergens in the air we breathe, well suited to people suffering from asthma or other allergies.

With Infracomfort far-infrared heating installed the relative humidity remains stable at between 40 to 55%.

Infrared heating saves money

In most situations, Infracomfort infrared heating competes strongly with any gas or fan-forced central heating systems (including running costs and maintenance) but with lower capital investment and much greater comfort.

The investment you put into an Infracomfort heating system for an entire house can be up to 60% less power than convection heating, meaning the energy savings alone will pay for the initial installation in just a few short years.

The life expectancy of a conventional heating system is only 10 to 15 years, whereas the life expectancy of Infracomfort heating systems is up to 30 years.

Certified and guaranteed

All Infracomfort infrared heat panels and related products are certified to the NZ Electrical Standards requirements and come with a 5-year guarantee against faulty parts or workmanship.