Infrared heating doesn’t work like conventional radiators. They aren’t even close.
Convection radiators work by heating the air around them and creating a convection current – where the air circulates around a room as its temperature changes.
Despite being so popular for so many years, this type of heating isn’t all that good for you. Infrared heating on the other hand is. So much so, that you can actually go for infrared therapy at places like the sauna!
How does IR heating work though?
Infrared heating panels work by firing lots of invisible infrared beams everywhere. The beams travel until the hit an object. The object could be anything – a wall, a sofa, or even you.
When the beams hit an object, they heat it up at a molecular level, and bounce off until they hit something else, repeating the process.
There are a number of health benefits that this type of heating brings, which is what we’re going to look at now.
When convection heaters are switched on, they cause the air to circulate – moving dust, germs, and mites amongst other things.
Any dust and dirt from your carpet can get caught up in this current, which is why you sometimes see stains on walls above radiators.
This can be problematic for those who suffer from asthma, bronchitis or other respiratory conditions, aggravating symptoms and leading to breathing difficulty and coughing.
Infrared panels don’t use the air as a transportation medium, so you don’t get any of these negatives. What you get instead is a clean, safe heat that doesn’t cause any kind of respiratory problems.
It’s not just asthma sufferers who benefit though – less air circulation means less germs are being spread, lessening the risk of you falling ill.
Warm air currents absorb, and carry moisture much more than cooler air currents. This means that convection heaters increase the likelihood of dampness in your walls.
Dampness can cause mould, and is hugely detrimental to your health. It can cause respiratory problems, infections and allergies, due to the allergens produced by mould.
Some of the symptoms can include sneezing, a runny nose and itchy skin.
As infrared heating has minimal impact on air temperature, the chance of moisture being spread around a room is instantly minimised. There’s no risk of dampness or humidity that can have adverse effects on both you and your property.
In this sense, not only is infrared heating better for your health, it’s also better for your home too!
Infrared heat is far more penetrative compared to convection heaters. Standard radiators are only really felt on the surface of your skin, which can lead to dry skin, that can crack and leave you open to infections.
IR heating penetrates up to 3 inches beneath the surface of the skin – literally your whole body feels warm!
What this does however, is release nitric-oxide into the haemoglobin in your blood. This in turn increases the level of oxygen in the bloodstream, reducing your heart rate in the process.
As the blood vessels become warmer, they dilate, thus allowing a higher number of blood cells to circulate around the body.
Not only is this better for your general health, but it’s also great for if you’ve sustained any injuries like cuts or knocks, as it will help with recovery.
For any other questions about the wider benefits of infrared heat, and why you should switch to IR heating, get in touch with us, and our team will be happy to help you.