Are Infrared heaters worth it? I mean really worth buying compared to cheaper heaters?
In our house, we have a home office situated half way up our garden and I wanted to get some decent heat in there. It’s got two computers and we also bring the Guinea pigs inside it for Winter. What we ended up buying was a floor standing infrared panel heater. We looked at dozens of infrared heater reviews (and this helped us to write about on the best ones here) before going ahead.
So can I say it was worth it, getting one? Yes, infrared heaters are most certainly worth it. Here’s why: 1: They don’t give off stuffy heat that blows around the room (i.e. not good for asthma sufferers), 2: They are cheap enough to run, 3: There are different types – and some of them stay relatively cool to touch while ceramic plates inside warm up, while others have Quartz elements that glow Orange – and 4: In our experience from our own purchase, the infrared panel heater made it so that you could walk in to the office and it was “just nice” and took the edge off an otherwise freezing cold space.
Ultimately it’s really not expensive to run at all compared to other forms of heating.
Here is a really great explanation video (under 2 minutes) for infrared heating from herschel heating.
So in my quest to find out about infrared heaters I found out the following:
They are better for people with breathing issues
There’s nothing better than being able to warm up your body when you’ve been outside, but if you’ve got any dust allergies or breathing difficulties, you’ll know that fan heaters are not really ideal. They do blow fine dust particles around, so anything with a fan isn’t ideal. Central heating is nice and snuggly but can make breathing worse for many people (can’t beat fresh air circulating round!)
Suffering with Asthma is no fun. There are numerous triggers in your home. So if you can get rid of one trigger (dust) then it’s always a step in the right direction.
When the weather turns colder, many Asthma sufferers struggle as the central heating is turned on and dust mites enjoy the warmth of the air, but on the flip side, damp cold areas are no better for breathing issues.
Just another reason really why infrared heaters make so much sense really.
The running costs of infrared heating (Are infrared heaters expensive to run?)
More cost-effective than traditional electric convection heaters – It can be as high as 75% MORE efficient than most typical room heaters!
It comes down to how well the room is insulated compared to older less well insulated houses and rooms.
If you were to run an infrared heater right through winter you can expect to save as much as TWO THIRDS of the cost.
A typical electric convection heater would cost as much as 15p per kilowatt hour whereas an infrared panel heater would cost around 5p per kilowatt hour.
The obvious benefit of this is that you only need a heater that is 2 thirds lower (in terms of power) to get the same output as a higher rated electric heater. So for example a 500 watt infrared panel heater would deliver the same heat as a 1500 watt electric convection heater.
Is an infrared heater better than electric?
Let’s weigh it up.
You get calm relaxing heat instead of stuffy radiator heat that takes all the moisture out of the air. Electric convection heaters cost more money to run too!
It is designed to maintain a constant temperature instead of you needing to turn up or down convection heaters
For ceramic infrared heaters, they wont burn your hands, unlike an electric heater or central heating system.
It is WAY more cost-effective!
How do infrared heaters work?
Infrared heaters work differently. Some have ceramic plates that warm up, some are electric and some are powered by gas. Essentially they all get to the same thing. They ultimately generate an “invisible” infrared ray and radiate this heat out without making the heater casing too hot.
Quite clever really.
Infrared rays can’t be seen, as they are beyond our range of vision. But we can feel them if the rays hit our body.
It’s a little bit like the Sun that gives off infrared heat and warms you.
If your shaded from the sun by a tree, you don’t feel quite so warm, meaning the infrared rays aren’t hitting you very much.
The heat that an infrared heater produces is produced from infrared rays, The rays come out of the heater and warm up the objects they touch directly. It’s not heat being moved around by air or a fan. The rays travel through the air and warm you up.
Which infrared heater is best?
In general there is no “best” option. It really does come down to your own needs. The picture panel infrared heaters are fantastic and disguising what they are. Some are inexpensive while some can run to a pretty amount, so be sure to shop around first!
If you are going for any kind of infrared heater choose the one with wattage ABOVE what your space would need – there’s no harm in turning it down if it gets too hot, but a less powerful one can’t go up any more than its maximum.
What is an infrared heater’s effect on your electric bill?
Are infrared heating panels cost-effective? You bet they are. Compared to other forms of heating the effect of plugin in an infrared heater is quite minimal.
Roughly 5p per kilowatt hour compared to 15p or more per kilowatt hour for convection heaters, i.e. a third of the running cost.
Infrared heaters vs convection heating
So traditionally most homes would have used one of a number of forms of convection heating.
Convection heating is warming up the air, For example a storage heater or your central heater radiator system at home. They get warm and this heat rises through the air slowly heating the room up.
The trouble is it’s not that efficient, as heat can be lost through gaps in the floor, walls and windows etc.
Now if we take infrared heating (which is rapidly gaining popularity in the Uk) it doesn’t give off warm air that fills a room, it actually gives off real invisible infrared rays.
Once these rays hit something it starts to warm it up. This can be walls and people and is how we feel warm.
It’s just like the sun which gives off infrared heat rays. You feel the heat from the sun when it is directly on you.
The good thing about these infrared heaters is that they are a lot more efficient and cost-effective to run. If someone opens the door to a room being heated by infrared, it’s far easier and quicker to heat the room again with infrared, as there is heat effectively already locked into the walls etc. from the rays they absorbed.
Infrared heaters pros and cons
Infrared heating panels advantages include:
Cheap to run
No moving parts
No dust being blow about
Can be portable and water-resistant depending on the model you choose
Infrared heating panels disadvantages include:
The heat can take a little longer to make you feel nice and snug but that can also be the case with traditional heaters.
Infrared heater health risks
There are no health risks pertaining to the use of infrared heaters. People become worried whenever they hear the word “radiation”, but what you might not know is that infrared heaters have long been used in European countries will no ill adverse effects whatsoever.
Summary of findings:
Our calculator will help you work out what size of heater you need to get in order to heat your room.
Infrared heaters will be one of the most cost-effective heating options you can consider. They can be as stylish or standard as you want in terms of design aesthetics.
They’re better for people who have breathing issues.
They can be portable, but normal heaters can also be portable too!
Please use our infrared heater calculator below to work out the right size of infrared heater you need to heat a single space (measured in Watts, the power output).
How to use the calculator below:
Roughly measure a width and a length of the walls in the space you are looking to heat.
Measure roughly the height of the space you are looking to heat.
The calculator will immediately tell you the best possible wattages needed from your next infrared heater in order to heat that space.
Want to know which infrared heater to buy?
You can check out our buyers guide and list of the current best ones on the market by clicking here.
We recommend you choose a heater or set of heaters that when added up are much more than the suggested figures in the calculator. Better to have too much and then you can simply adjust the thermostat down to a nice temperature.
The worst case scenario is to find out that some days you want more heat and your current infrared heater couldn’t produce extra heat to get there, so try and aim for a higher wattage wherever possible.
Are infrared heaters worth it?
This guide will help to get rid of any nagging doubts in your mind about these heaters. Hint they’re great for anyone with breathing difficulties.
What kinds of infrared heater are there and which should I look out for?
Outdoor infrared heaters – or patio heaters.
These can be free standing or wall mounted or even ones that just sit on the floor.
Technology has really advanced in recent years. There are now infrared bathroom mirrors. Some have infrared heat demisters on them (so the glass always stays clear), along with Bluetooth (to play your favourite music) and LED lighting. Others perform as both a regular mirror and at the same time giving off pure infrared heating to heat objects in the room. Please see below.
Radiant tuber heaters and also BTU propane / gas powered
The best radiant tube heaters can vary in price widly. There are some used for garage heating where the gas powered heaters give out a huge amount of heat. Expect over £1000. Other radiant tube heaters are in line with many other infrared heaters price wize and all come down to personal choice.
Quality of workmanship might have been an issue many yuears ago when rules were less regulated but now with Uk product laws things have to meet certain guidelines.
That said, the only real part that may need replacing would be a Quartz infrared tube on certain infrared heaters. These tubes do have really good life times anyway, as much as 60,000 hours, and as low as 15,000 hours.
If used for 12 hours a day, this is still 3 and a half years up to 13 and a half years of use (and thats at 12 hours a day every single day).
However it’s very unlikely you’ll use these every single day, especially during summer, so you can effectively triple these figures, assuming you’d only use them during the coldest of months and for anywhere from 8 to 12 hours each of those days.
So in all honesty, you’re looking at bulbs that last a good 8 to 10 years minimum, assuming all other parts work flawlessly. Superb value.
Infrared heating panels disadvantages
If you are going to make a decision to have infrared heating in your home, you want all the facts, right? I did when I invested in some for our home garden office.
So here are some reasons why an infrared heater might not be the best option for you, and a few things to think about before you go ahead.
Is your room simply not feeling the heat? You have to think about the positioning of the panel. Remember the heat is radiant and heats things directly in it’s path first. So if your panel heater is wedged in behind a sofa, the sofa will warm up first before eventually spilling out into the room. remember how we talked about the Sun being infrared heat? It’s just the same, when you stand in it’s path you feel the heat more, and it takes far longer to heat areas where the line of heat is not direct from the heat source.
Is your room not a straightforward square shape? For L shaped rooms you might want to install 2 infrared heater panels instead of one larger panel. This way each panel can be directed to the parts of the room that get the most heat. For example pint one at your seating area.
Is the heater too warm or too cold? Choose an infrared heater that has a thermostatic controller on it. We always recommend you choose a heater with a higher wattage rating on it – you can always turn it down to suit the room, but you can’t turn up a smaller panel that’s already maxed out!
You’ve purchased cheaper units that are not well known. This shouldn’t always be the case, but some cheaper imported panels may not be “LOT 20” compliant (Tradeskills explains what this is). Essentially they may not fall under Uk efficiency guidelines.
You were hoping for cheaper electricity bills. If you’re comparing these to a previous central heating system you may be left feeling a little disappointed. This may be because you are now heating rooms which previously never had an heating installed, so you’re now using extra consumption of the heat.
It can take longer to heat up. Typically, convection heaters heat the air in a room but aren’t very efficient. Open a window and see how fast that heat escapes! However with an infrared heater panel, the panels heat objects in direct line of sight of the panel, so other walls, floors etc first and the heat is felt this way. The good thing about this is that the heat stays in the room for longer. Open a window and it won’t take long at all to get it nice and warm again afterwards as the heat is within objects and not lost in the air.
While we have tried extremely hard to provide you with a proven factual result, this calculator must only be used as guidance. We have built this calculator and used a standard formula to work out the figures.
Our calculations are as follows:
width of room x length of room x height of room – total cubic metres of room.
Example: 2 metres x 2 metres x 3 metres high = 12 cubic metres.
12 x 25 = 300. Then adding on 20% for older houses, or taking off 10% for newer houses.
We then take this figure and multiply it by 25, then take the end figure and apply a percentage of between “10% less watts needed” to “20% more watts needed” depending on how old or new the property is.
If in doubt always go for a bigger and better infrared heater (you can always turn the temperature down to suit).
So, you want to increase the heating efficiency of your home and are interested in finding the best stove fan on the market. These ingenious devices recirculate up to 80% of the hot air that would otherwise be lost up your chimney. If that sounds interesting, then I have a selection of products you should take a look at.
Galleon Fireplaces Stove Fan 8 Blade Heat Powered for Fireplace, Wood / Log Burner - Black - 138mm High
Let’s dive into the nitty gritty with all of these fans and see whats what for your stove heater!
1: VODA 4-Blade Heat Powered Stove Fan
VODA is a well-known name in its niche, one that has been around forever. So who better to kick things off with one of its wares. Let’s take a look at a few of the pros and cons that you need to know all about.
Heat powered means no annoying battery changes or spikes in your electricity bill
The great thing about this device is that you don’t have to rely on a battery to power the motor. That means no nasty surprises in your electricity bill and your, living room can be nice and snug this winter. In fact, this piece of kit is a perfect companion for a log burner, as increases its reach.
Do you need a professional to fit it?
The answer to this question depends on your confidence. However, for some, it’s just a case of sitting it on top of a stove or log burner. After which it’s a matter of just sit back and enjoy the extra warmth.
However, never place this device on a none flat surface. Additionally, its normal operating temperature is 85C – 350C. So, If you expect things to get a bit hotter as in +350C, remove the fan.
VODA 4-Blade Final Thoughts
A big thanks to VODA for crafting a solution for inefficient heat distribution from log-burners. On first testing, you will notice that heat reaches parts of your home you never expected it would! Meaning that almost all of those cold spots you dared not tread will be gone!
The robust design is perfect for those of you looking for an extra option without the need to spend more on heating. Additionally, it’s the ideal start to a green/eco-revolution at home; you too can do your bit.
2: Valiant FIR361 Premium IV 4-Blade Heat Powered Log Burner
Second on my list is the latest Valiant stove fan on the market. Again we have a name that’s known across the industry for quality, so continue reading to discover what I found out.
Ultra-low starting temperature means you never have to wait for it to kick into action
Able to fit into the tightest of spaces, this device at 199mm surprises many when it starts working. However, its biggest positive, (in my opinion,) is the low starting temperature. By kicking into action at only 50-degrees, it gets to work the moment the kindling catches fire.
Can push over 420 feet per second but can others do more?
As I mentioned above, yes, it’s small, but it’s certainly worth considering. This little hot air distributor features an innovative 4-fan design, which has been engineered to take advantage of advanced radiating. By that I mean it can push up to 70% more airflow around your home than its nearest competitors. And that means if you want to maximize airflow you can’t do any better at this size!
Valiant FIR361 Final Thoughts
The compact design means it can be fitted with ease by almost anyone – although I would advise you to read the instructions. Additionally mainly take note of the operating temperature notes and installation details.
All-in-all the amount of air this fan can push is a real winner for me.
Yes there are bigger options, but you don’t have to purchase more than you need to get fantastic results, and save money!
3: VonHaus 3-Blade Stove Fan – Silent, Heat Powered Wood/Log Burner Fan
Next up is a triple blade offering from VonHaus. If you want to be able to answer the question ‘how do stove fans work?’ then all you need to do is take a look at this clever piece of design.
Silent operation means you’ll never have to turn up the TV ever again!
Imagine reading a book with the constant hum of a fan in the background! Yes, that would be annoying, fortunately for this fan that will not happen, because it runs almost silently with only the faintest of sounds. Combine that with the thermally activated (50C,) running performance, and you’ll see a steady drop in your monthly heating bills as the winter months arrive.
Self-regulating operation: but how well does it work?
Self-regulation is all well and good, but is it as good as central heating? Yes, it is capable of pushing warm air around the entire home, but if want instant heat? I would suggest you have a thermostat fitted to control your radiators to help balance things out.
VonHaus 3-Blade Final Thoughts
If you’re a little sceptical about a device which won’t break the bank, don’t be. After research and testing, I can tell you it will do the job. Not only that, for what is a relatively low price, you get a sturdy, well-built tool, one that will make a difference to our home.
Additionally, if you’re looking to take a step in an eco-friendly direction, you couldn’t go wrong, as no electricity is required.
Due to its sheer popularity, I have no choice but to again include a VonHaus product. Why so popular? It probably has something to do with the manufacturers interesting designs, innovation and proven reliability. Here’s what you need to know about this 4-blade offering …
Heat powered fan allows you to increase the efficiency of your log burner instantly
Energy efficiency is a well used ethical term these days, and what with global warming are you looking to reduce your footprint? Fortunately, with this 4-blade you can make a good start and heat your home without the need for batteries or the mains.
Why use a fan? Let’s be clear – log burners are great, but most keep the immediate vicinity warm. And that means if you have a large room, in the winter you may have cold spots! So, what this VanHaus option does is push that static heat around your room.
Furthermore, some users have reported heat travelling up their stairs. Meaning, one little device can make a massive difference, so you may even be able to keep the heating off.
Silent operation and auto-operation are a big plus
Ok, so silent operation and auto-operation are seemingly pretty standard so far among the fans I have listed. But, don’t let that make you complacent about them, as different materials and build quality will ultimately make a difference.
Regarding auto-on, once your burner gets up to 50C, the fans will begin to operate. Although beware that its optimal temperature range is 50C to 350C. And like previous models, if it gets hotter than that top number, move it, let it cool down!
As for silent operation, it isn’t entirely silent, but you’re guaranteed not to hear it over the TV or a conversation. A slight irritation may occur when sitting in silence or taking a nap.,
VonHaus 4-Blade Final Thoughts
What can I say other than, it does what it says on the box? That it helps to improve the distribution of warm air, which it does well. Yes, there is some question as to whether VonHaus could have given it a little more power. Why? Because, its throughput (the amount of air it moves) doesn’t match some of those previously mentioned.
However, that is the only obvious niggle I could discover!
Tomersun was a new name to me when I began this review. So, let’s take a look and see what it can offer compared to its competitors.
Precision engineered from Aluminium to ensure robust and reliable operation
The level of Aluminium engineering that is on offer here is impressed that impressed me. Meaning, by the looks of it, the device should provide hassle-free and dependable operation. Why? I think it’s all down to the quality of manufacture! As it appears that Tomersun, has left no stone is unturned when it comes to the shape and fit of all the moving parts.
For me, design and build quality are the first thoughts.
So, with that out of the way and this fan off to a good start lets move on.
Heat powered “auto-on” comes as standard
Ok, so it is clear that thermoelectric technology which converts a temperature difference into electricity is standard. So, as this device like the others features it, you know there’s no need for a plug socket.
However, what is different from the previous is the temperature at which this device kicks in. Unfortunately, it’s not 50C, like the others, no, you need to get your burner up to 85C for this device to start working. However, like its competitors has a maximum operating temp of 350C, and hotter and you get no benefit. In fact, it may irreparably damage the fan.
TOMERSUN 3-Blades Final Thoughts
Useful for log and coal burners this fan comes pre-built, so there’s no need for any setup. My advice is pre-heat your fire before placing the fan the first time around. That way you can instantly get to feel warm air being moved around the room.
Now that we’re just past the halfway mark, we have the latest offering from VODA. Let me start off by saying if you’ve got a small room say, 7×10 may be a little bigger, take notice. As this fan, has been developed for you!
Silent operation means you should not hear it when operating
How quiet is silent? In my book, it means no noise at all! However, while this VODA does it’s best to keep fan noise to a minimum it has issues!
As in, it is susceptible to vibration noise via the fan hub and blades coming into contact. Why is this? Well, it could have something to do with material expansion at high temperatures.
My advice should you purchase this device and experience the above issue, is to move the hub away from the blades. Apparently, doing so is a pretty easy fix.
Innovative design enhances the performance of any stove or wood burner
Some people think these types of device are all about reinventing the wheel, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. When you want to get the most out of your log burner you need to stop the majority of the heat going out the chimney. In short, this is what this piece device does, and it does it as well as any item I’ve listed.
VODA 12.5 cm Stove Fan Final Thoughts
Apart from its innovative design and size, the sound niggle I mentioned does slightly take away from this fan. However, from my research, it is not a problem seen by the majority of owners. So, I say, maybe there was a faulty batch that did not get picked up. Maybe you could give it a try.
With a word like Eco in the name, you would not be questioned for thinking this could help you become somewhat environmentally friendly. So, now let’s take a look to see if the name lives up to that assertion.
Low starting temperature branded as Eco at 50 degrees!
50C is considered a low auto-starting temperature; however, it is not unique, nor is it all that Eco! As with previous models, a thermoelectric module acts as a small generator to power the fan’s motor. It kicks in once your log burner ramps up to 50C.
As for what is Eco, as in protecting the environment, that is the use of no battery or mains electricity. Yes, thermoelectric technology is magnificent; however, a fan in your home is about all it will help you with.
Compact design is robust and can be easily setup
The design is compact and rugged which ticks off two big boxes in my opinion. Depending on your aptitude with technology it should be plug-and-play, although there are resources for assistance.
Fluesystems Eco 4 Final Thoughts
Great name, even better product. Undoubtedly worth a closer look if you want something that will get the job done without any fuss. And no it is not particularly any more Eco-friendly than other models.
You should know that at 185mm High x 180mm, wide, this is a small fan which is intended for use in small rooms and with small to medium sized burners. One problem that many people report before buying this product is that their living room mantle heats up via the stove. Fortunately, this device moves just enough air to prevent that from happening.
As with the majority on this list, the JKsmart needs no mains or battery power, just raw heat from a log burner. And as you would expect after a few minutes it gets up to temperature and the fans begin to spin. But, does it stand out from the rest, or are they all practically the same?
A+++ energy class is a rating that will be hard to beat
Look at that energy rating, I’m assuming that this device has an amazing warm air throughput, meaning although small it can heat large rooms. You’ll notice that it comes with an inbuilt thermometer which will tell you if the temp is right. In fact, why not watch it reach 50C and see if the fans begin rotating!
While some fans which operate at the lower end are afflicted by slower fans speeds, the JKsmart is not one of them. Its blades are designed to rotate at a maximum of 1250rpm meaning it among the best.
Built-in heat protection prevents damage to the motor when flue temperature exceeds 250-degrees
This fan as with the others has a max operating temperature, as such, it has built-in heat protection. Fortunately, like some others, it doesn’t kick in too early or continue running without need. That means, you never experience the temperature spiking fast and then drifting aimlessly for the rest of the evening.
JKsmart 4-Blade Final Thoughts
What does it do that is different from the rest, the answer is, that’s inconclusive. Yes, it’s thermometer leads to a better reading of temperature, leading to improved protection. However, it’s max, temp is 100-degrees below the competition at 250. What does that mean in practical terms? Fortunately, nothing much, as it still runs silent, requires only heat to run and will save you money on your electricity bills. Click the link below to find out more …
Stove Fan bling!! Yes, you read that correctly, someone somewhere cooked up this idea! Do you need a gold fan? Fortunately, looks aside, there’s more to this fan than meets the eye, here’s what you need to know.
Eco-friendly design will increase the efficiency of any stove
Every design that claims to be Eco-friendly always gets tested to the max in the end, and for good reason. When you want to be able to get the most out of your burner you need a fan that will cope with the huge temperature swings.
LUCKYDA 4-Blade Final Thoughts
Comes with all the mod-cons you would expect, heat-powered, eco-friendly, noiseless operation, auto-operation, and of course, those golden blades. Which, I may add seem to offer no improvement what so ever. Meaning, they are for the purposes of, standing out, from the crowd … Bling!!
A huge plus is, when you take it out of the box, it is set up for you. So, all you have to do is keeping stoking the fire, and it’ll do the rest. One small negative is the manufacturer’s size measurement, at 21cm it should fit into the smallest of places. However, in actual use with the fan blades attached it reaches 23cm, so keep that in mind.
Last but not least on my list is something a little different, it’s not got 3-blades, 4-blades, no think double. That’s right 8-blades split into 2x four making this unique on my list. For one reason or another, it’s been making a lot of noise. So, I couldn’t bear to leave it out, here’s what you must know.
No batteries required
Yes, you guessed correctly, this fan benefits from having no power input requirements. Well, that is via conventional means. Instead, it relies on a heat sensitive spring. As a stove heats up so does a metal strip and the spring, and at the top, a metal strip remains cool.
When the spring reaches a specific temperature, it bends forward bringing two strips of metal together. And it is this connection which enables the flow of thermostatic electricity and the blades to turn.
A Possibility of cracked blades
According to some users, this fan can suffer from cracked blades when a fire heats up quicker than expected. That is due to impurities in the metal body expanding at different rates and causing excessive stress on the main structure. Will you experience this issue? Let’s be clear, I do not know, as the problem could have arisen due to a manufacturing fault which is fixed. Meaning that the product you purchase has no such frailties.
Galleon 8-Blade Final Thoughts
A product that’s as easy on the eye as it easy to use. Highly recommended for those of you who want a product which can be taken out of the box and used straight away. As for the fan itself, personally, I think, if it can push more warm around with those 8-blades you can’t lose, after-all it has all the features of the others!
So, there you have them, 10 of the best stove fans money can buy. Have you decided which is for you? If so, congratulations, as during my research, I discovered that the majority are more similar than different. As such, if I were to give some purchasing advice, it would be to read more reviews. And most importantly, make sure you have accurate measurements. After all, you don’t want a shiny new fan delivered only to discover it’s too big or small!
Hi, for these Infrared Heating Panels Reviews I wanted to find out what is the warmest heater that uses infrared. We have a home office that is situated in our summer house halfway up the garden and it gets cold in there in Winter, so this writeup summarises my findings.
Far Infrared Heating Panel Energy Efficient 5 Year Warranty (330W)
Before I go on and list what I find are the top rated infrared heaters, let’s start by getting the basics down and sorted.
What is an infrared heater?
Well, without getting too heavy into the technology sides of things – in essence it’s a heater element that can be one of a few types. It could glow bright Orange or Red and gives off heat (remember the kebab cookers at the fish and chip shop? When they light them, they are giving off infrared heat)
It could give off no light at all (classed as far infrared or dark infrared) and still provide great warmth
It can be as high as 75% MORE efficient than most typical room heaters!
There are one or two different types of infrared heater. You can certainly read the technical stuff about them on the Wikipedia page here.
The old fires you would have in your living room where you flick on a switch on one side. The bar(s) would glow Red and give off heat. These are metal wire type infrared heaters. The wire would coil around a ceramic element. This technology was introduced in the 1920’s.
Our guide will explain why they are easily worth it (click above – opens in a new window)
Nir, Cir and Fir – huh?
NIR refers to near range infrared heaters (use in industrial applications)
CIR refers to medium range Carbon infrared heaters
FIR refers to Far Infrared Heaters – and is where we will be spending most of our thoughts for this review. FIR infrared heaters don’t give off high heat – the ceramic elements are actually “ok” to touch.
“Instead of using carbon, quartz or high watt ceramic emitters, which emit near and medium infrared radiation, heat and light, far infrared emitters use low watt ceramic plates that remain cold, while still emitting far infrared radiation“ ( Wikipedia)
So what’s with these panel heaters that uses infrared then?
Well, these heaters are thin walled panels which give off long wave far infrared radiation. As the heater elements are at a fairly low temperature, the best bit about this is that a far-infrared heater doesn’t give emissions or have any smells or toxic fumes from paint-coating, etc.
So in summary, these types of panels are MUCH MORE efficient, and better for your health. If you suffer with Asthma you won’t have any issues with these as you can get with fan heaters or bar heaters. They are also quite good looking and you may not even know if someone had one on their wall as they don’t really look like heaters.
Just be aware though that they do need enough space on a wall as the infrared heat is effectively transmitted through the wall. The room is NOT directly heated from the heater.
Rolling up your heater and storing it away?
You would be surprised to know that you can buy heaters that roll up when not in use! Just like a beach towel, you can put it away when not needed.
Look at the picture below. It’s a roll “up or down” hanging heater!
Roll it up in Summer if you want. Hang it on a nail in the wall and plug it in. And enjoy the picture/scenery
It’s Black, unlike most other far infrared panel heaters and dare I say it, quite stylish. It only has one switch on it. The one to switch it on or off. Nice and simple. Check it out on Amazon by clicking here.
2: Far Infrared heating panel from Ilmit, it’s made from glass and is very efficient and stylish
It’s good to know that you don’t have to be chained to one particular “type” and colour of heater. This is one of the most stylish we’ve ever looked at.
The TG-17 model (their biggest at time of writing)
Dimensions (mm): 827*445*28
Heated area (m2): 17-22
Rated power (W): 1700
Once purchased, it will be hard to beat the sheer luxury of the design
A little more money to buy than other infrared heaters, but you are getting something more interesting
Does NOT come with a plug or power cord! This let’s down what is otherwise a beautiful unit. You can get a qualified electrician to sort this for not too much money, or buy some electrical wire and a plug connect it yourself. The manufacturers claim it can be done in under 45 minutes.
Overall we are disappointed with this heater, even though we didn’t want to be. Despite its glass and Aluminium good looks, they don’t ship it to you with a power cord or plug. They DO provide an instruction guide on how to connect it up though and it is fairly straightforward BUT if you are at all unsure you MUST get a qualified electrician in to do the job properly, so no matter what there is extra expense.
There are 3 sizes available at the time of writing, so you can choose the most appropriate one for your needs. The most powerful and expensive unit dishes out 1700 watts and will heat an area of between 17 and 22 square metres that’s a room size of about 3 metres x 4 metres up to about 4 metres x 5.5 metres
As with all of these infrared panel heaters, there’s no moving air so no dust, so no asthma issues
Just the one size so not really any good for rooms any larger than about 2 x 3 square metres
Just a standard basic unit with no fancy extras. Mount it on the wall, plug in and enjoy the heat. These units have no moving parts, no air movement so no health issues associated with traditional fan heaters. Click to see this in full detail over at Amazon
4: Infrared Heater Panel Roll-able Far IR 450W Heating area 8 – 12m2 Portable (Transparent)
Lots of designs to choose from – might be a tough decision, although it is a good “problem” to have 🙂
We have no concerns with this at all. It’s a fun way to heat areas that are no more than 12 square metres. It folds down, it hangs and it can come in dozens of different designs – which one would you choose?
162 x 12 x 22 cm (extra wide to keep party table areas snuggly warm)
Very heavy-duty and tough design with die-cast Aluminium powder coated construction
Powerful “on the terrace” 2400 watts of energy to keep an area warm on cool evenings
For outdoor or indoor use
Comes with Thermostat and remote control
Switch off programmable timer
It is specifically designed to be used outdoors but it can be used inside too if you have a place it would benefit from being used (garage/workshop perhaps). It’s a good sized unit that should cover the size of an average garage fairly well.
There is a very trendy LCD display on the front. Just point your remote towards it and adjust as necessary.
Quite unique in that it features a marble plate, so it can be freestanding and still give good health benefits for Asthma sufferers who struggle with traditional fan heaters that blow dust and pollens around.
One of our firm favourites!
25 x 48 x 67 cm
Power cable approx 180cm
1300 watts of power so a good solid mid ranged unit good for many sized rooms (not for very large rooms though)
Very quiet – great for good nights sleep.
Modern design with brushed Aluminium housing
Comes with genuine Mongolian marble
Very economical – the Marble retains and slowly gives out heat even when the unit is switched off (saving you money!)
We love this unit. It’s very good looking. It’s portable. Just set it up in the room you want and switch it on. When you’re happy with the temperature go ahead and turn it off and the Marble stone will continue to heat your room for some time (the amount of time fluctuates on various factors such as size of room, how cold it is outside (affecting the room cooling down quicker etc.)
Mount it in the most convenient place – wall or ceiling
Clean heat – no noise, no smell, no condensation, no oxygen consumption, no unpleasant dust upset
Not a huge unit so don’t expect it to heat up large rooms
This is the simple, “behind the scenes” kind of infrared heater panel that will take the edge of smallish rooms, and give some warmth to small places. An average family room would benefit from 2 or 3 of these.
It’s compact design makes it perfect for certain areas that most of panels wouldn’t fit into, such as an “under the stairs” officer, or a porch to your house.
Various sizes to choose from to suit your room and budget
Has a rough textured feel (se below) to its surface (would blend it to wallpapered walls easier)
600 watts of power so will work good for small rooms
Each panel is embedded with “new age” ceramic crystals and graphite based.
The back side of every panel is insulated with a heat reflective back-cover
If you want the optional remote control you will need to order from their website (Calorsol EU)
The crystal coating on the panels gives a greater surface area as much as 10x the surface area which increases energy efficiency and enables a greater level of heat to come out. It really is a well made heater panel. Click here to order on Amazon.
Summary – user guide
There isn’t too much to explain with far infrared heater panels.
Remember that you don’t mount directly into a wall (almost every unit comes with a frame around it to ensure a space is left).
Make sure to get the right size for your space
Remember to get the right power output that will comfortably warm the intended area.
A 300 watt would only heat a very small area while a 1700 watt unit would warm a room nicely.
If you simply go for the “biggest and best” and it gets too hot for your room, go and get yourself a room Thermostat that switches it on and off to try and maintain the right room temperature throughout the day. They cost less than £20 on Amazon.
If you have hollow walls with gaps between plasterboard and brickwork you need to take care. There could be electrical wires especially around sockets. You can either try plasterboard screws, or for better strength, use an extra long Masonry drill bit and drill through into the brickwork behind. Use needle nose pliers to hold a screw with the rawlplug on the end, and insert it through the plasterboard and seat it into the brickwork behind.. Then use extra long screws to secure the heater.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these far infrared heating panels reviews. If there is anything we have missed please let us know.