The Anatomy Of An Infrared Heating Panel

Surya IR (Infrared) Heating Panels are the newest and by far the most energy-efficient and eco-friendly of all the types of electric heating systems. They’re so beneficial, revolutionising the way in which people heat their homes, and enabling them to do so much more cost-effectively, whilst creating a much smaller carbon footprint than conventional heaters.

IR panel heaters work in a very different way to conventional electric heaters, in that they heat objects and people directly, rather than heating the air around them.

Thus, in contrast with traditional convection heating, infrared panels use the vast majority of their energy heating the solid, heat-retaining objects in a room, while only a tiny amount warms the surrounding air. This creates a more constant, comfortable level of warmth and a room in which there are no cold spots.

It’s a much more energy-efficient way to heat a room, and one which is reflected in their power-consumption relative to conventional heating systems:

Type Of Heater

Power Consumption

Standard Electric Fire

2.00 kW/h

Electric Fan Heater

2.00 kW/h

Convector Heater

1.5 kW/h

Oil-Filled Electric Heater

1.00 – 1.5 kW/h

IR Panel Heater

0.29 – 0.8 kW/h

As you’ll see from the table above, compared to more traditional types of heater, the Infrared Heating Panel consumes just a fraction of the electrical power.

But what are these amazing Infrared panel heaters made of and how do they fit together? This “anatomy” of an IR heating panel should answer all of your questions.

The IR Panel Itself

The Infrared panel itself is manufactured using FIR coating. This is a type of heat-resistant coating that can bear over an impressive 200ºC heat without turning yellow and ruining the appearance of the unit. Not to mention that it strengthens the Far Infrared Heat performance that is employed by the majority of our products.

One of the many advantages of FIR coating is that it has much better IR efficiency than Aluminium. Aluminium will block out some of the heat, whereas FIR lets through more warmth for a much more effective heater.

FIR coating is also heat and fire resistant, which is much better than the usual choice of a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) coating, to keep you and your family safe.

The back of the panel consists of a standard 240v junction box or connector, from which emerges approximately 3 metres of heavy duty flex and a UK 3-pin plug for simple plug-and-play functionality.

Also present are two sturdy aluminium fixing brackets, each with 2 x cross-hair bolt insertion holes to ensure your panel is securely affixed to wall or ceiling.

Thus, you’ll be able to position your panel in exactly the right spot on your wall or ceiling to take full advantage of the radiant infrared heat it generates.

The Panel’s Look And Finish

There are several types of IR heating panel. These are the:

White IR Heating Panels – White, with a glossy surface, they are available in 350W, 580W, 700W, 900W and 1200W varieties, so you’ll be able to choose a size and wattage that’s perfect to heat your space.

Image IR Heating Panels – These IR panel heaters are available in a great many different sizes, and feature a variety of pre-printed images, such as the Thunderstorm, London skyline and Volcanic, as well as stunning Lakeside Mountain views.

Custom Printed IR Panels – Also available in a very wide choice of sizes, the custom printed IR panels will enable you to choose your very own image which is then printed directly onto the FIR surface.

Mirrored IR Heating Panels – This mirrored IR panel is on offer in 360W, 450W, 580W and 700W options.

Each requires a standard 240V AC power supply and comes complete with a 3-pin plug for true ‘plug-and-play’ functionality.

Where You Can Install Them

All of the above types of Infrared panel heater can be affixed to your wall or your ceiling, using either the fixing kit that’s supplied, or with a suspension kit or mounting frame.

If you do wish to install your panel on the wall, there are two sturdy aluminium brackets on the rear side by which the panel can be securely hung.

Clear and easy-to-understand instructions are provided with each IR panel, together with a template to ensure that you place the wall bolts in just the right places.

Enclosed in a robust aluminium frame (apart from the frameless varieties which are mainly intended for installation in suspended or “drop” ceilings), IR panels hide in plain sight, creating a talking point that nobody will even realise is actually a heater!

Whether hung on a wall or installed on or in a ceiling, you’ll notice just how much space you’ll save with these amazing IR heating panels. Indeed, thanks to their incredible 23 – 25mm depth, they will hardly protrude into your room at all, fitting flush to any surface upon which you decide to install them.

This feature also means that you’ll completely do away with the concept of wasted or “dead” space – the space your existing, bulky electric wall heaters currently inhabit.

These incredibly versatile heaters can also be moved from room to room, whether simply removed from the wall and hung from another, or as free-standing units.

To achieve this latter solution, just purchase a set of Infrared Panel Stands, attach them and hey-presto, you’ll have a free-standing heater that’s slim, light and stylish. Even better, panel stands are available in black, white and brushed chrome finishes, so they’ll complement virtually any style of décor.

Give Us A Call For More Information!

Should you require any further information about Infrared heating panels or IR heating in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0116 321 4124.

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