Why and How Infrared Works
- Infrared or radiant heating is simply the transfer of heat from a warm object to a cooler object. The heat is a product of a completely safe spectrum of light that is invisible to our eyes.
- Just as the sun heats us our products radiate sun-like warmth to indoor or outdoor spaces, floors, and furniture, rather than heating the air.
The Infrared Spectrum: Think of infrared light being on a spectrum from short wave to long wave, and visible light/temperature. The shorter the wave, the higher the temperature, the longer the wave, the lower the temperature.Short wave infrared: The sun, which has a surface temperature of 10.000F and is obviously visible.Medium wave infrared: A good example of this is our quartz heaters which have a faint glow and a maximum surface temperature of ~900F.Long wave infrared: The remainder of our infrared heaters, used for indoor applications (non-glowing) the flat panels fall into this category, with a temperature range of 170-425F. NOTE: Our body gives off heat at a wavelength of around 12 microns and our IR heaters emit a wavelength of 7-12 microns, therefore the body easily absorbs the heat in this wavelength, which easily heats water molecules (the human body is made up of ~60% water), and penetrates well below the skin, which is optimal for heating people at room temperature or hot yoga enthusiast alike!
- By comparison, systems like forced air, baseboard, and wall heaters only heat the air. Because warm air rises in the presence of cooler air, the heated air can be easily sucked away by drafts or wind and must be replaced frequently by more heated air in order to sustain ambient comfort. This all amounts to wasted energy and higher heating bills.
- Our radiant heating products are healthier than traditional forms of heat, as they do not blow dust or allergens. Plus, they don’t make noise. They also do not need filters, fuels, ducts or pumps that require seasonal cleaning and maintenance. Plus, most of our products are proudly made in the USA, are 99-100% recyclable, and our heating panel products are recognized by LEED ratings!
- Many of our customers have reported saving between 20- 50% over conventional heating systems, including gas, oil, electric, and wood burning systems. (US DOE/NAHB studies have shown a 33% savings over heat pumps and 52% savings over baseboard heating when using heating panels.) Plus, most of our products require zero maintenance, and installation costs are often less than traditional forced air heating systems and up to 75% less than in-floor radiant heating.
- Savings can also vary depending on your local utility charges. To find how much electricity is charged in your area, please visit Electricity Local’s website.
- You can think of infrared radiant heating similar to lighting in a home. All homes have a light and light switch for each zone or room. The same concept applies with infrared radiant heating: By using a manual or programmable thermostat, you can adjust the temperature in any given room based on the occupant’s comfort level. If you’re not using a room, you can turn the heat down or off. This method of heating saves you money while providing you sun-like-warmth in each room!
This video shows how the Ducoterra SolaRay II benefited homeowners at a new development project.
Our heating products are a great start to conserving energy, but there is always more you can do to keep those utility bills lower.
Use a programmable thermostat – You can program these to turn your heaters on and off at set times. For example, you can set them to turn on before you get up in the morning, shut off while you’re at work and turn back on before you get home in the evening.
Insulation is key – Any heating or cooling system will perform best when well insulated. To get the best performance out of your heaters make sure your space is properly insulated. For more on how to insulate your home check out this link from energy.gov
Reduce drafts – Air leaks around plumbing vents, doors, windows and other culprits allow cold air to enter, and heated air to escape your home. By sealing these areas, you can improve your heating efficiency. The following image from energy.gov shows some areas prone to air leaks.
Infrared radiant heat also offers a variety of health benefits over traditional heating systems.
- Reduces dust/emissions – Unlike forced air heating systems, our infrared radiant heating panels do not blow dust or allergens. They do not release any emissions, chemicals or pollutants and help keep the air in your home clean and clear.
- Therapeutic relief – Odds are you have experienced the soothing feeling of warm summer sun on your skin. Our heaters, like the sun, produce radiant heat waves which work to heat up water. Because the human body is made up of mostly water, this infrared heat transfers extremely effectively and can help gently increase blood circulation, rid the body of toxins and even provide pain relief.
Infrared radiant heat can be applied as a primary or supplementary heat source to meet any heating need. Click below to see how heating panels can be used in conjunction with the following:
In regards EMF specs, our manufacturers do not specify them. They have not done EMF testing and they do not plan to because the heaters do not have any motors of “high voltages” like power lines to require them to run EMF tests. To learn more about what EMFs are, please see our About EMF page here.