The Science behind Infrared heat
What is Far Infrared heat?
Far Infrared is radiant heat, it’s the same feeling of warmth as the winter sun on your face and the heat from a coal fire. It is even the same form of heat emitted by your own body. It is the most basic form of heating known to man. Today, new technology, in the form of our 100% energy efficient, zero light Herschel Far Infrared heating, is allowing us to use radiant heating once more in a stylish, comfortable and highly controllable way.
It’s the same heat we feel from an environment warmed by the sun, and the wavelength most efficiently absorbed by the body. It is 100% safe and natural (it’s UV that is harmful, not infrared).
How does this affect how we heat ourselves?
Humans are radiant objects. Radiant objects, including humans, absorb and emit far infrared heat and our sense of comfort is less to do with the air temperature and more to do with the temperature of the environment around us. If the radiant environment < or > 5C over or below 21, we feel discomfort. By warming thermal mass to at least 17c, and ideally to around 22c, our bodies stop perceiving that we are losing heat and we feel warm and comfortable.
Make your room a 360° radiator
In a cold room the building will ‘take’ your body heat and make you feel cold. However, if we use Herschel Far Infrared to directly heat the walls, floor and ceiling of a building (the ‘thermal mass’) the room will stop taking away our body heat, and radiate back the infrared heat, making us feel warm. Once the thermal mass of the building is warm (>17°C), the heater only needs to be on to top up. This is why Herschel SAVES ENERGY.
Radiant vs Convection
Because they heat the air, even the best market leading “low consumption” digital electric convection radiators need around 40wm3. Herschel infrared panels do not heat the air and so typically only need 25wm3. Both Herschel and digital electric radiators run for around 40% of the required heating period (often referred to as the “effective power”). That’s a massive saving of 37% on electricity consumption by Herschel with even higher savings of up to 60% compared to electric storage heaters.