Infrared heating is very well known on the continent due to Europe’s historically lower dependence than the UK on fossil fuel based heating and much earlier adoption of this technology.
Infrared’s effectiveness is almost unquestioned on the continent in contrast with the better understood convection heating systems in the UK. There are consequently few quality infrared heater comparison articles and reliable infrared market reviews for this new type of heating in the UK.
What follows is a list of articles comparing Infrared heaters with other common heater types found in the UK to help customers make up their own minds, as this modern, effective type of heating begins to gain ground here.
Herschel was delighted to assist recently with the inclusion of Infrared Heating in The Friends of the Earth Eco Heating Options report, to which we would particularly draw your attention, as a quality report created by a relevant influential 3rd party.
Friends of the Earth, Independent Report Oct 2018, on Eco Heating Options. Take a read to understand the findings from their review on what’s hot and what’s not in terms of how heating can make a difference to carbon emissions. Includes a review of heat pumps, electric radiators and infrared heaters.
Research shows that apart from A or B rated Gas Central Heating, Herschel Infrared has the lowest Total Cost of Ownership of any other major heating system – even beating new, low energy ‘eco’ solutions such as air source heat pumps by up to 20%, efficient digital electrical radiators by up to 40% and a staggering 50-60% on underfloor and electric night storage heaters
Heat pumps are one of the new alternative heat systems available today. Theoretically energy-efficient: prospective buyers need to be aware-of the large purchase and installation costs and the requirement to increase the size of their existing radiators, to give the same output wattage as their old fossil boiler systems at the new, lower water temperatures produced by the heat pump. Great for new-build, well insulated houses: difficult to justify as a retrofit into an old, badly insulated house with existing (smaller) radiators.
Building regulations and popular understanding treat all forms of electrical heating as a single category that is already 100 percent efficient. This article reviews 4 types of traditional electric heating against Herschel Far Infrared in a scenario heating a 60m3 room. The results show the huge power, comfort and cost differences implied by the different types of heater, showing the absurdity of the current categorisation.
This article compares electric Storage Heaters efficiency against Herschel Infrared heating. It concludes that storage heaters are too wasteful of energy – inadequately offset by the cheaper rate overnight tariff. They also produce less comfortable, less controllable heat during the day which you can neither adequately turn off, nor can you adequately top it up should the previous night’s charge prove less than needed.
Underfloor heating (UFH) is a modern heating solution designed to warm your house economically and effectively, whilst also dispensing with bulky, unsightly central heating radiators. However systems can be expensive and proper installation requires additional insulation and thermal layers that also inflate the cost. Heat Wattages are higher than Herschel Infrared for the same room area, so running costs are consequently higher. Many people complain they find UFH too stuffy and difficult to control.
Biomass boilers offer a cost-effective heating solution if you live outside a smoke-free zone and have room to install the boiler and the fuel store and don’t mind a bit of manual work moving fuel and ash. Biomass Fuel prices per kW are low while demand remains low and subject to RHI incentive, but the practicalities and costs of installation are likely to keep biomass a niche solution.
This article compares fossil fuel central heating boilers against Herschel Infrared heating. Anything below a band B boiler, there is no argument that Infrared saves energy. Band A gas boilers will be marginally cheaper per kilowatt, but because the heat produced is not radiant, you also have to run them longer.