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Now that the goal of technology is increasingly focused on sustainability, ways to heat are inevitable. Heating your house can be done in several ways, the most well-known way is heating via radiators. These radiators release heat from hot water, which is heated by the combustion of natural gas or fuel oil in a central heating boiler. Although this way of heating is familiar and yet quite effective, it does not contribute to the reduction of CO2 gases. Sustainable heating is where we want to go in the future and that does not include the emission of CO2 gases. You can also heat your house sustainably by means of a heat pump, via electric heating, via a solar boiler or via infrared heating. Because I knew almost nothing about the last option, I decided to delve into this way of sustainable heating in order to answer the following question: Do I want to switch to infrared heating? In this blog you will find all information about infrared heating. What is it, how does it work and which variants are there?

How does infrared heating work?

Infrared heating uses infrared radiation. Although radiation may sound a bit scary, infrared radiation is absolutely not harmful. You can compare infrared radiation with the rays that the sun uses to warm up the earth. These rays of light are in the invisible spectrum, that is, we cannot see the rays, but we can feel them. Heat from infrared heating is often experienced as very pleasant and pleasant, just like when you are in the sun. Infrared radiation, when used for heating, is generated using electricity. The special thing about infrared radiation is that it does not heat up the air, like traditional heating, but the things in the room such as the walls, furniture and people.

Types of infrared radiation

There are three types of infrared radiation, namely short wave infrared A radiation, medium wave infrared B radiation and long wave infrared C radiation. The types of radiation all work slightly differently and therefore have a different application when it comes to heating. For example, the short wave infrared A radiation is used for patio heaters or infrared lamps in the sauna. You probably recognize this type, as soon as the heater switches on you see the red glow and you already feel the heat. This is because type A can penetrate deep into our skin, so that the heat can be felt quickly. However, the range is not that large and is therefore not suitable for heating rooms. While the warming happens quickly, it also ends quickly when the radiation stops. The long wave, infrared C radiation, works differently. This type of infrared radiation is less warm than the short rays and can be found in heating panels that can serve as heating indoors. Such a heating panel emits a long wave infrared light. This radiation reaches much further and is capable of pleasantly warming objects and people in the room. Type B is actually a bit between the short and long infrared rays in terms of properties, although it is not visible like the short rays, it is able to heat faster than the long rays.

The difference with classic heating

As already described, the big difference is in what is heated up. Classic heating methods heat up the air in the room, for example through radiators. It takes time for all the air in the room to be heated and, moreover, the temperature is not the same in every place. This can be explained by the fact that warm air rises and falls when the weather cools. The cold air is then heated up again and rises again. Due to this process, the temperature between the floor and the ceiling can sometimes differ by as much as five degrees. Infrared radiation works differently. The infrared rays affect objects and bodies, causing them to heat up. These objects and bodies then also radiate heat themselves, which contributes to a more even heating of the room. Infrared heating is therefore more efficient in this area, partly because objects retain heat better than air. In addition, the infrared rays reach much further than the traditional heating can spread its heat.

Difference in fuel

When we talk about the fuel, there is another big difference between infrared heating and classic heating. Radiators are heated by means of a central heating boiler, which consumes gas. As a result, CO2 gases are released into the environment. CO2 gases are harmful to the environment and this should be reduced. Infrared heating runs on electricity, which can be generated by green electricity, which reduces the emission of CO2 gases. An even more sustainable option is to link infrared heating to solar panels. For example, the energy is generated by the sun and used for infrared heating, so that you pay practically nothing and also do not produce any gases. An ideal outcome.

What does this look like in practice?

Infrared heating in the house, what should you think about? The infrared rays are produced by infrared panels. These heating panels are flat panels in different sizes that can be placed against a wall, for example. There are countless ways to heat your home via infrared panels, more about that later. Such a panel is usually easy to connect to the existing electricity network and it is also not much work in terms of installation. You also don’t have to heat the whole house directly with infrared panels. You can choose to place heat panels in a number of rooms and to heat other rooms in a different way in order to slowly and gradually make the switch to fully electric heating via infrared panels.

Infrared heating as main heating

You can choose to use infrared heating as main heating in your home. This works best when your house is well insulated, so that the heating panel only needs to contribute to heating the house at a minimum, which in turn ensures minimal energy costs. Infrared heating as main heating is actually optimal if solar panels are used, so that the generated solar energy can be used directly to provide the heating panels and you save enormously on energy costs. In addition, there is no emission of gases.

Infrared heating as additional heating

Infrared heating is also excellent to use as additional heating. For example, when it is not yet cold enough to turn on the heating, but it is still not pleasant without heating. Infrared heating has the advantage that it is fast. For example, you can place an infrared panel in rooms that you want to heat extra, so that you still experience the heat, but no high heating costs. The infrared rays can be felt immediately, making it a very convenient and pleasant way to use as additional heating. People often choose to use infrared heating as additional heating during the transition from summer to winter, because this saves costs on the overall heating, but there is still a pleasant warmth. A good example is installing a heating panel in the bathroom. There’s nothing worse than getting out of the hot shower cubicle and into the cold bathroom, but when you use infrared heating in the bathroom, this won’t happen again.

The advantages of infrared heating with solar panels

Although many advantages have already been mentioned of infrared heating, with or without solar panels, I would like to list all the advantages of heating your home using infrared panels.

Infrared heating is sound and odorless
The installation is simple and fast, and it also requires little to no maintenance
Long lifespan, an infrared panel lasts about twenty-five years
No production of gases, which contributes to the environment
Energy-efficient and sustainable way of heating
Pleasant warmth because the infrared radiation does not heat the air, but objects and people
Safe! The heating panels contain safety sensors against overheating
Fast compared to other heating methods
Ideal for the transition between summer and winter
Endless options when it comes to design and finish, so you no longer have to take the radiators into account when it comes to the interior
More efficient space heating
Better air quality, which contributes to health
Less chance of mold because the infrared radiation heats the walls and therefore moisture evaporates from the walls
Can be used for both main and additional heating
In combination with solar panels, the costs are virtually nil.

All kinds of ways to apply infrared heating in the house

A very big advantage of infrared heating is that we can say goodbye to the radiators. While they can be charming at times, they are often an eyesore in a living room, kitchen or bedroom. The great thing about heating panels is that the options are endless. Numerous variants are available so that there is always an option that fits the interior. I was amazed at the range of options in which heating panels can be incorporated. When it comes to bathroom heating, you can opt for mirror heating, for example. The mirror consists of an infrared panel and you immediately feel the heat when you look in the mirror. In addition to mirror heating, you can also go for towel heating.

With towel heating, the towel holder consists of a heating panel. A small addition, but one that can offer you so much comfort when you are in the bathroom. Another great example besides bathroom heating is a heating panel in the form of a poster. A photo or image is visible on the panel that you can choose yourself in many cases, so that you do not even recognize the heating panel. I thought this was a fantastic option! Such a heating poster is the ideal solution for those who prefer not to find anything in the house that resembles a heater or radiator.

You can choose from different materials, such as glass or metal. I think a real win-win is the heating panel disguised as an infrared heating chalkboard. A blackboard and a heater in one is ideal, you can use it in the kitchen to make shopping lists, you can use it in the workplace for brainstorming or in the children’s playroom. Such an infrared heating chalkboard is also thinner than other heating panels and is therefore the most space-saving.

We’re not done yet, there are even more options for installing infrared heating in your home. Infrared heating can also serve as ceiling heating or underfloor heating. Infrared ceiling heating and underfloor heating provide a pleasant warmth in the room, because the radiation can only go in one direction, namely towards you. Especially with ceiling heating, you feel the heat that has fallen down directly on your body.

Conclusion

Infrared heating is a very sustainable, efficient and pleasant way to heat the house. Before looking up information on this topic, I had no idea what it was at all. I had heard of it, but when I thought of infrared light, I only thought of the sauna. After delving into the subject, I do believe that heating by infrared panels is the best way to heat the house, especially in combination with the use of solar panels.

This sustainable way of heating is what the world needs and I therefore plan to switch to sustainable heating with infrared heating and solar panels. I was convinced by infrared panel, a website that offers a lot of explanation about this way of heating. In addition, I looked at other similar websites such as the brands Warmteshop, infrarood paneel, welltherm, Alkari and Ecaros to collect information. The nice thing about infrared heating is that it can be used as both main and additional heating, so that you can get used to it and not have to switch completely immediately. It is a very accessible and simple way of heating and I would therefore advise you to check whether it is not something for your home! It is pleasant, fast, effective, aesthetic and contributes to the environment, what more could you want?