InfraRed Heating 101
Infrared Heat Warms You Like The Sun
Have you ever wondered how you can still feel the sun’s warmth on a cold day? It is the sun’s infrared rays that provide that warmth. Infrared heat warms the objects underneath it rather than the air. Infrared panels work in the same way.
With infrared heating panels, your clients, their mats and the ﬂoor will be gently warmed by the panels in your studio.
The sun emits energy in a broad range of wave lengths from UV, which is the shortest and most damaging of the suns rays, to infrared, which is the longest and considered the most safe and therapeutic of the sun’s rays. (Please note that our heaters do NOT emit UV rays—only safe infrared rays.)
Infrared heating panels duplicate this form of safe and comfortable heat.
CONVENTIONAL HEATING METHODS WASTE ENERGY
Unlike traditional heating methods such as forced air heaters, baseboard or wall heaters, which use additional energy to circulate air to warm the room, infrared heating panels gently increase the ambient temperature of the room.
Infrared heating creates a comfortable environment with even temperatures and warm working area.
Infrared panels maximize your heating output for your dollar.
Infrared radiant heating panels are self-contained and ceiling mounted, and thus, they don’t require any additional attic, closet or ﬂoor space for any additional plumbing, ducting or furnace.
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Infrared Heat VS. Convection Heat
The type of heat generated by our infrared panels is known as radiated heat, and it is essentially the same heating method used by human beings since the beginning of our history. Ancient peoples used the radiated heat generated by their campfires (and later hearths) to heat themselves and their dwellings. Just replace the fireplace with a safe, high-performance panel, and you have the exact idea behind infrared heating panels.
In any case, radiated heat was used for thousands of years to warm our homes and other building, until the use of fossil fuels allowed for air to be heated via central heating systems. Central heating systems implement convection heating. Convection heating involves blowing air by fan across a heating element. The warmed air circulates into the room, raising the ambient temperature until the thermostat indicates the air is hot enough and shuts the convection heater off. When the thermostat senses the air temperature has dropped below its set threshold, the cycle begins again. You’ll find convection heaters in a variety of shapes and price ranges, but the one thing they have in common is that convection heating is ineffective in maintaining a consistent temperature within a space, as air moves and changes temperatures quickly and easily.
By way of contrast, infrared heaters use radiant heat to warm a space. The primary difference between an infrared heater and a traditional heater is that infrared heaters warm objects within their vicinity that in turn radiate heat, causing the overall temperature of the space to rise. Not only is the air being heated, but also the doors, flooring, walls, and even the people themselves in your studio.
Our infrared heaters offer significant advantages over traditional heating methods:
The radiant heat produced by infrared heaters has a higher flux than traditional heating methods. “Flux” is a technical measurement of the rate of flow of a property per unit area—or in this case, the rate of flow of radiant heat compared to the volume of your room. The higher flux of radiant heat allows infrared heating systems to operate in an energy efficient and cost-effective manner.
Instead of heating circulating air like conventional heating methods, our infrared heating systems increase the surface temperature of objects in the room, creating a 360 degree radiator for your space.
Since solid objects maintain their heat longer than air, objects like a door that is constantly opening and closing will not drastically affect the temperature of the space. Similarly, turning off the heater will not cause a dramatic drop in temperature, as the objects in the room will retain heat.