If you feel like your new IR heater isn’t quite producing enough warmth, you may have made one of these common mistakes. Luckily, we’ve also got some quick troubleshooting tips to hand!

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1)     Your Insulation Needs An Upgrade

Before making any upgrades to your heating, you need to make sure your home’s insulation is up to par. IR heaters are fantastically efficient, and they’re not as impacted by draughts as convection heaters, but if your home has an insulation weak spot, your IR heater will have to work even harder, which will lead to you feeling cooler.

Upgrading your insulation will massively improve the efficiency of any heating method you choose, so it’s well worth the investment.

How To Fix It…

There are some great simple insulation upgrades that anyone can add to their home. Draught-proofing in particular is relatively cheap, costing around £200 for the average property and you could save as much as £25 a year!

Loft insulation is a little more expensive (at around £1250 for the average UK home), but can last for up to 40 years, paying for itself many times over. On top of that, there are numerous grants such as the ECO scheme, available to mitigate that initial cost. Suspended floor installation offers up a similar cost/benefit level.

2)     Your Heater Is In The Wrong Place

IR heaters don’t look like traditional radiators, and they don’t work like them either. If you’ve placed your heater somewhere you’d install a radiator, it may not work as you expect.

IR heaters don’t use convection heat, they use radiant heat. That means instead of heating air in a constant cycle, they produce waves of infrared radiation that get absorbed by the objects they hit. That means if you place objects in front of your heater, you’ll only make those objects warm, and your heater won’t work!

In short, IR heaters can’t warm what they can’t ‘see’. They also work best when given the flexibility to spread IR waves as widely as possible, so they work best with space above and below them.

How To Fix It…

The best place to place your heater is about head height, with lots of clear space in front of it.

Luckily, our heaters are really easy to mount on the wall, and will look really stylish up there, so you won’t want to tuck them behind a sofa as you might with a clunky radiator.

3)     Your Heater Isn’t Powerful Enough

In order to get an adequate spread of heat, you’ll need to calculate the volume of your room as well as the insulation. This will give you the idea of how many watts the heaters you use should have.

If you have a larger room with poor insulation, then an underpowered heater won’t provide enough warmth. This may be why you’re left feeling a little bit chilly.

How To Fix It…

You can use the handy calculator on the main page of our website as well as every product page to automatically figure out how many watts you need. If you’ve already purchased a heater that’s underpowered for your space, you can use purchase another to make things up to the required power level.

As an added bonus, if you have multiple heaters, you can place them in different walls to ensure a wider coverage, which will help with problem 2!

If you’d like any tailor-made advice for how IR heating can fit into your home, then get in touch with us today! You can give our team a call on 0116 321 4124, or sending us an email at sales@suryaheating.co.uk.

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