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Infrared Heating Panels - What are they and what are the benefits?

New Zealand’s summer was fleeting, the winter months are fast encroaching and we thought it was high time we had a look at Infrared Heat Panels, a technology that is quickly gaining traction in the New Zealand home heating market.

Conventionally, heating a home will require warming the air in a specific room or the entire house either by fire place, electric heating/gas heating, or heat pumps etc. These technologies require either storage or pipe work and tend to rapidly burn through emissions, as well as ongoing maintenance costs. Infrared heat panels require a plug power source only, are easy to install, no fuel is burnt while running, and can be placed almost anywhere you require them, roof, wall, floor, even mirrors.

So, how do infrared heating panels actually work? They function by turning electricity into infrared energy, this energy is then directed at surfaces, such as walls and flooring, and thus these surfaces are heated, and rooms benefit from efficient heating that releases a slow and consistent heat.

Conventional heating sources, such as heat pumps and gas heaters, will warm the air of a room, taking longer and burning through more electricity/gas. Warm air generated can easily escape when there is a draft, such as an open door, and efficiency of the heating source is hampered. Infrared radiating panels, in comparison, ensure that objects such as walls and people, are kept at a consistent warm temperature, regardless of drafts and disruptions in flow of heat. Radiating heating panels can reach full heating potential in as little as 30 seconds.  

Another added benefit of infrared heating panels is the way in which the heating source can be hidden from view. Many manufacturers are able to provide discreet panels that are sleek, unobtrusive, and can even be fitted with mirrors, glass or picture panels. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can be custom built to meet your unique requirements. They require no expensive maintenance with life expectancy of up to 20 years, depending on make and manufacturer.  Obviously, your budget will determine how far you wish to integrate heating panels into your home.

The sleek and smooth design of many infrared heating panels allows the home owner to place the panels in an area that will both heat the home quicker than conventional methods, while not intruding on the aesthetics of the homes interior design, such is the build and clean surface of infrared heating panels. 

Infrared panels are not cheap, but they are value for money. Not only will you save on monthly power bills, your return on investment will keep your home cosy, warm and safe for many years to come. Not to mention, they are an attractive heating system for potential buyers when it comes time to sell. If you are fortunate enough to live in a solar powered home, then connecting the electric infrared panels to your solar power system will gain you 100% emission free heating. 

Both in style and substance Infrared heating panels are a burgeoning technology that are reinvigorating how home heating can be achieved. In a world of ever-increasing power bills, we welcome the warm embrace of radiant heating panels.

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