Heissen Far Infrared Heating Vs. Other Forms of Heating


There are a number of reasons why far infrared is now the preferred system over standard forms of heating. The first factor to consider is the installation of these systems. Gas, oil and LPG are all systems that involve pipework being ran throughout an area from one central point. This requires disruption, materials, labour and time. Not to mention the storage needed for oil systems. 

Installing storage heaters is also labour intensive; losing floor space to the walls along with additional cabling for dual supplies with modern storage heaters. Far infrared is as easy as hanging up a picture. No pipework, no specialist materials, minimal labour and little time is involved.

The way the infrared heat works is what truly sets radiant heating against these convection-based systems apart, however.

Typically, the hot air storage and central heating radiators produce will be circulated around the room, rising towards the ceiling. Once it’s cooled down, it will fall to the floor or be lost to draughts. This isn’t efficient as you’re essentially running a heater to primarily warm up the ceiling void in an area. As soon as an aperture like a door or window is open, the heat is easily lost, and the process must be restarted. 

If we take these same core issues and apply them to larger areas such as warehouses, the problems are magnified. Employees and staff on ground level simply don’t feel the warm as the heat has travelled upwards.  Whereas with far-infrared, heat is released solely upon contact and isn’t affected by air movement. The aim is to warm the fabric of the room and the person directly, using as little energy as possible when doing so. 

The result is a more rapid heat up time, less power needed as well as the heat staying present for longer as the actual building has been warmed. 

The last major point we would like to cover is running costs. Below is a table where you can see the difference in running costs between far infrared, mains gas, oil fired, LPG, oil filled radiators, and storage heaters. 

- Far infrared heats rooms up in about 15 minutes – quick heat up period.

- Less wattage is needed than other heating forms

- We typically replace a 2KW storage rad with a 600w infrared heater