Big Energy Saving Week in January 2023 is a great opportunity for many families to save money on their energy bills during the winter months. With the rising financial pressure that many people are facing. Reducing energy costs can be a great relief. For some, they may have been struggling with these bills for years and this gives them the chance to make a change.
At the end of this blog, you will have further in-depth knowledge on saving money with infrared heating. People can learn how infrared can make a big difference and become more conscious of their own energy usage while becoming energy efficient.
Here’s what you need to know to better proof your savings…
1. Efficient Heat Transfer
The heat that you feel from infrared is far infrared. When making practical decisions about using infrared heating, it is important to understand the basics of how it works.
Infrared heaters create energy in the form of electromagnetic energy. This energy is then used to produce heat which can be used to heat any space. Just like the feeling of the sun. It provides a comfortable, evenly distributed temperature throughout the entire home. As it is direct heat it suffers none of the heat loss. Retaining the heat for longer transferring it from the heater to the object. Saving money on your energy bills.
With a proven study from Aston University. we found that our infrared heating system can heat the room temperature to 22-23 C quicker compared to up to 18.5 C for gas central heating and heat pumps. With proven savings of as much as 50% compared to other convection heating systems. View the study here.
2. Components of Infrared Heating
It is important that you choose your brand carefully and buy panels that are long-lasting and are great value for money. All infrared heating panels may look similar. However, the components and elements are what you should be looking for to guarantee the best savings.
Jigsaw’s Made in Britain infrared heaters ensure your panels have best-in-class performance. Our process is unique, from selecting the highest quality materials to guarantee the best production of infrared heaters in the UK. Firstly, our heat pad outsmarts the rest on the market. Certified to 100,000 cycles undergoing constant testing to ensure the greatest cost-effective heating is manufactured. Alongside, the other components it helps put the heat where it’s needed to create the most efficient heating. Using 100% of the electric energy that is emitted. Every stage is tightly controlled to guarantee that all elements are of unrivalled quality. Which is why we are confident in our 10-year warranty.
3. Mounting Position
Where the infrared heating system is placed is an important factor in reducing your energy bills. Think about the placement of infrared heating like lighting up a room. This needs to be distributed so it will light up a room evenly. Well, this is just like infrared, but with heat instead. You may think that a 1100W Infrared heater is the best decision. However, two 600W infrared heaters can be a better option to spread the heat more effectively.
You also need to consider placing the infrared heating panels on the ceiling. Don’t get confused with where your old heater was placed. The heating transfer process is different. Heat doesn’t rise with infrared. Instead, it heats objects directly making it the most efficient place to install the heaters to generate the best heat. On account of this, if Infrared heaters were placed in the same place as traditional heaters any objects in the way would end up being the focus point. Rather than the intended area. Making it less efficient reducing the warmth of the room.
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4. Building Insulation
The better the insulation the more likely the heat will remain in the room, so the panel won’t need to be on for as long. Helping maintain and store consistent warmth.
If your property is not well insulated don’t worry. Infrared panel heating is still a great option for poorly insulated spaces. Since the heat produced is not affected by draughts or open windows. This is due to it heating the people and the fabrics of the room before the air. Helping control body heat loss. All we would need to do is quote a higher wattage to heat the room up quicker. To make sure the panels are distributed to specific focus points in the room.
Don’t forget with convection space heating (radiators), the air must first be heated and then circulated in order to warm objects and people in the space. Which results in inefficient space heating. Resulting in losing the heat (air) through the windows. Meaning the heating needs to be on for longer. Therefore, infrared is the best option either way as it will use less power to heat a room. Because it takes less energy to heat a surface area than it does to heat volume.
(Please note every property is different, our infrared specialists are always here to specify the best panels to maximise energy efficiency in your property.)
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5. 24/7 Programming
It is a myth that leaving the heat running continuously, even when it is at low temperatures, is more efficient. You need to have a programmable control system. With gas central heating, the whole house will be heated whereas infrared panel heating can operate and control zone by zone. Our Infrared heating control systems offer flexibility in zone heating and control. In fact, it can be more energy and cost-effective to only heat a room in use rather than the whole house.
We have several options for you to choose from with regards to controlling your infrared heating panels room by room. Choose a digital thermostat depending on the needs of your facility. Our programmable thermostats can help you save on energy bills while helping you to lower energy use when you are away from home.
While still allowing you to select exactly when you want your heat turned on, as well as what the temperature should be at higher or lower temperatures. The system is capable of adjusting the heating schedule based on your routine. It will heat the rooms that you need when you need them. It allows you to dictate when your home heating system comes on, wherever you like, using our zone control. Create schedules for different times of day to ensure that the house is always the ideal temperature when you get home or wake up, not wasting power when it is not needed.
This feature is really useful in conserving power as you will not need to adjust settings manually each time or leave your heating on throughout the day and night. One of the best features about controlling your infrared heating panels through the app is the option to turn the heat off automatically when you are away from home. The system can adjust the heating patterns based on your routine. It will heat the rooms that you need when you need them.
It makes it easier to track your energy usage while away from home.
When all these elements are correctly considered and included in an operating cost calculation, good quality and well-designed infrared heating panels will be the cheapest option to run and save money on your energy bills.