1. What are in detail the most significant advantages of Infrared Heating?
Absolute heating independence.
- Low installation cost for the conventional heating (oil, natural gas, A/C)
- Lower consumption in comparison to conventional heating, minimum by 50% and for Α/C 80%.
- No additional operations needed (mending, visible heating tubes).
- There is no need for boiler room and oil tank (space saving).
- The walls are available to put low furniture (excellent space management).
-Healthy heating, dries the moisture on the walls (protects the building from erosion and is healthy for people who suffer from heart diseases, arthritis etc.). It does not create air streams in the house (which give the sense of cold, circulate dust, bacteria and viruses through the air, particularly important for vulnerable groups such as elderly and sick people, children etc.). It heats the space ‘mildly’ and in a uniform manner. This not only prevents dust suspending in the air but also ensures the same temperature of the structural elements, with difference of 2°C or less.
- Zero cost of yearly maintenance (cost-effective)
- If used as additional heating, great money-saving is accomplished in the conventional heating (oil or natural gas)
-If you install PV systems, a 100% of the heating cost is covered (investment-incoming)
-3 year guarantee-unlimited lifespan
The infrared heating is extremely simple and safe to install and use and it offers modern design, completely noiseless operation and reliability due to the absence of moving mechanisms.
2. What are the disadvantages of the conventional heating devices
- Uneven heat distribution. There is temperature difference up to 7°C between roof and floor.
- Direct thermal loss when ventilating the space. The hot air goes away immediately when you open the windows and you need a lot of time to regain heating of the space.
- Dust. The ascending hot air streams transfer dust and germs upwards, by recycling the space, thus increasing the risk of allergy outbursts.
- Cold and moist surfaces. The air does not transmit effectively the heat to the solid objects and thus the walls need more time to heat, remaining always colder than the air. The warm air that comes into contact with the cold walls liquefies which may lead to mould.
- High operation cost. Oil and natural gas consumption have a high cost, taking into consideration the gradual increase in the fuel prices. The electricity in our country remains cheaper almost by 40% in comparison to other countries of Europe.
- High maintenance cost. The heaters and the air conditions consist of mechanical parts, so they have to be maintained regularly in order to be able to operate effectively.
- High installation cost. The central heating systems (boilers, radiators, air conditions etc) have high cost and space standards (in square meters) for their installation.
- Absence of insulations due to moisture. The damp walls lead to insulation loss, which in turn leads to high energy consumption.
3. Is there a possibility that Infrared Heating is harmful for human health?
On the contrary! It is scientifically proven that the infrared heating is not harmful but quite beneficial. The concerns about the harmful consequences have derived form the confusion of Infrared Radiation with harmful Ultraviolet Radiation. By hearing the word “radiation’ most of us are concerned indeed. However the radiation has many forms, sometimes harmful and sometimes beneficial for the human body.
The Infrared Radiation has been used for many years in various medical applications. We can characteristically mention that the premature infants are exposed to infrared radiation in order to be heated.
The beneficial infrared radiation constitutes the main part of the solar radiation, which we also receive daily. On the contrary, the ultraviolet part of the sun radiation is harmful and the long exposure to this should be avoided. From the total of 1kW of energy that we receive from the sun in its peak, 527W are infrared radiation, 445W are visible light and 32W are ultraviolet radiation. Consequently, Infrared Heating does not have any difference in comparison to the common, beneficial heat that we receive from the sun daily and it is not of course in any case harmful for human.
4. Why is Infrared Heating still unknown?
Despite the fact that Infrared Heating is a technology that exists for years, it was mainly related to Medical and Scientific Applications. It was applied to one mission of humans to space, to incubators, to saunas but also to a variety of healing applications.
It is the most developed, safe and effective heating technology, with the most benefits for humans and environment. Only recently did it become known and affordable to the average consumer.
5. What does an Infrared Heating panel consist of and how does it operate?
Infrared Heating panels consist of a special heat insulating plate, the size of which is the same with the surface of their front view. The construction material of the plate is carbon graphite polyimide, a practically non-combustible thermal accumulator which consists of a row of electric resistance which do not glow. As every person who is heated transmits infrared radiation, in the same manner when the carbon graphite polyimide is heated, it accumulates a part of the heating and it emits an other one as Infrared Heating.
The main advantage of carbon graphite polyimide is that, beside the fact that it has by far higher thermal properties in comparison to any conventional heating device, it continues to emit mild heat even when the panel is turned off. The profit of consumption is of course direct, especially if the panels are combined with thermostats. The Infrared Heating panels emit the heat with 45 degrees opening towards left and right from the ends of their front view, with a beneficial heating radius of 3 meters.