IR heaters keep you warm in a totally unique way, so when placing them into your room, there are a few factors to consider that you may not have ever had to before!

Here’s a quick guide to the best places to mount your heater!

How IR Heating Works

To understand the quirks of IR heating, it’s important to have a general idea of how it works. In short, IR heaters release IR radiation into the room, in the form of invisible rays that hit objects. This agitates the molecules inside those objects, causing them to become warm.

IR heaters heat the person, not the room!

As a result, it’s important to make sure your panel is able to work to its full potential. Wherever you place your heater, you’ll need to make sure as much of its surface it exposed as possible.

How Many Panels?

IR panels create a spread of heat, so you might need more than one to heat a room. Follow our tried and tested formula and you’ll know exactly how many you need!

  • Measure the length, width and height of the room in metres.
  • Multiply the three numbers together to calculate the volume of the space in cubic metres.
  • Multiply the volume by the number of watts per cubic metre required, using the guide below:
    • Poor insulation (built pre-1930) – 35w per mᶾ
    • Moderate insulation (built 1930-80) – 30w per mᶾ
    • Good insulation (built post 1980 or reinsulated) – 25w per mᶾ

This will tell you how many watts of power you’ll need, which you can then split up between multiple different panels.

Once you know how many panels you need, you can think about how to install them.

Wall Mounting

This is one of the most popular placements for our panels, and you can see why! They look incredibly stylish, with some of our designs looking like wall art! Take a look at our image panel range to see just how diverse our IR panels can look.

Crucially, whichever design you choose, all our IR panels can be placed up on your wall. They are incredibly slender, measuring in at around 22mm thick, so they won’t jut out from your wall too far. They can be placed just about anywhere on your wall, but the ideal placement is at eye level. This ensures even heating spread above and below the panel.

All of our panels come with a stencil for easy wall mounting!

Ceiling Mounting

For an even more discrete look, you could mount your panel on your ceiling. This is a particularly popular option in offices, as it allows for the most even and consistent spread of heat across a space, as there is minimal chance of anything getting in the way.

This is also a great option if you have more cluttered rooms, with lots of furnishings, or if you need as much space as possible.

Our white panels are the best option for this discrete mounting option.

Free Standing

This method is one of the most flexible options, making your panel more closely resemble a traditional electric heater. This means you can easily move your panel from room to room or to face different chairs, making it a particularly good choice for living rooms, or other rooms where you might move around a lot.

If you’d prefer to mount your panel in this way, make sure to grab an Infrared Heating Panel Stand along with your order.

What To Avoid

Traditional radiators tend to be placed closer to the floor, as this enables their convection heating to work at their best, with warm air rising from the bottom of the room to the top of the room.

IR heaters do generate a little convection heat transference, but they don’t rely on it, so placing your heater closer to the floor is often a less effective way of spreading heat.

Despite their focus on discrete heating, you should absolutely avoid tucking your heater behind other furnishings, or placing anything in front of it. This will prevent the infrared rays from moving into your room.

IR heating isn’t much impacted by drafts (as it heats objects, not the air around you) but if you want your heating to be as effective as possible, it’s worth looking into getting your home properly insulated.

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