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Infrared Heating -
The Science


What are infrared rays?

Infrared lies just under the visible light range in the electromagnetic spectrum. When Infrared rays strike molecules they cause them to oscillate. The waves produce heat only when they strike a surface such as the earth, an object or the wall of a house. Unlike shorter waves such as Ultra Violet, Infrared waves have a beneficial effect on us and are natural, from a physiological standpoint. Our bodies absorb up to 99% of the radiant heat through our skin and we feel this as warmth. Infrared heating is warmth we were designed for.

100% efficient heating

Unlike conventional systems, infrared heating units heat the walls, ceilings and furnishings and not the air itself. Walls retain heat much longer than air and return warmth to the room. They stay dry, giving mould and mildew no chance to spread. A further advantage lies in the fact that there is no circulation of the air, therefore no dust is raised. 100% Efficient = lower running costs.

Is infrared heating new?

No it is not. With the return to more natural ways of life and healthier living, long forgotten heating methods are re-entering today’s buildings. Heating by Infrared radiation is as old as the use of fire by man. Stone, clay and tiled stoves all make use of Infrared. The Roman hypocausts heating system was the first central heating system and it functioned solely by Infrared. They constructed a chamber to enable the passage of steam under the floor tiles. The floors then warmed up and radiated heat into the room, whilst leaving the actual air temperature of the room unaltered and fresh. The tiled stove is another legendary example of radiated heat.

It is no surprise therefore, that Infrared heaters are considered to be the best heating source for the future!

  The Pi
  The Pi
Beautifully efficient infrared heating