What are Wall mounted Infrared heating panels?
Wall Mounted Heating Panels are flat panels that can be easily mounted on the ceiling or wall. An infrared heating panel looks like a flat screen. It is an electric heater that operates from a wall outlet. The difference with traditional electric heating is that infrared heating are way more efficient and enjoyable in terms of energy consumption and warmth. Infrared panels are relatively new and have been gaining popularity in the last recent years.
The main advantage is the reduced electricity cost. Depending on which model you get, they can use the equivalent of 2 lightbulbs (200W) up to 400-600W.
Wall mounted Infrared heating panels come in different sizes. Each have their own specific characteristics, power and energy consumption.
Wall panel electric heaters, or electric panel heaters use electricity to slowly heat a large surface (typically ceramic). They can either be portable or permanent fixtures, attached to a wall or even a ceiling. Electric wall panel heaters are suitable for use in smaller areas, but are considered fairly inefficient for central heating purposes.
How energy efficient are electric panel heaters?
Electric radiant panel heaters use less power and give out a less intense heat than some other portable electric heaters (like radiant bar heaters or convection fan heaters). As such they’re considered to be reasonably energy efficient as far as electric heaters go, using around 1/3 as much electricity as their radiant bar heating cousins. They are a little slower to heat up than some other electric heaters though, so aren’t necessarily as appropriate in places where heat is needed quickly and for relatively short amounts of time.
Are Panel heaters energy efficient ?
Flat-panel heaters are often promoted as ‘eco’ or cheap to run. However they produce very little heat – usually not enough to heat up a room to comfortable and healthy temperatures. A higher wattage heater controlled by a thermostat is usually a better alternative to panel heaters – you can turn off a higher wattage heater when you don’t need it and the heater will be able to heat up the room again within a reasonable time. A thermostat can cycle the heater on and off so you can maintain a comfortable temperature without wasting energy.
- Low surface temperature – panel heaters usually don’t get hot enough for children or pets to burn themselves, but covering them with towels or clothes still poses a fire risk.
- Can g=ke a very long time to heat up a cold room – because of their very low heat output.
- Good for heating very small rooms continuously – like bathrooms or small studies. However, leaving the heater on when you’re not there will result in unnecessarily high power bills.
- Often don’t have a thermostat.
There aren’t many restrictions on where electric panel heaters can be installed or placed – in fact, the most you really need is a power point to plug them into, and perhaps some mounting brackets. These types of heaters can be installed in bathrooms (Read your heaters specifications, because some of them do recommend you do not install them in bathrooms), you need to ensure that you comply with the Building Code’s minimum clearance distances from water supplies (or further, if specified by the manufacturer). This is typically a separation of 60cm, but check with your local regulator for confirmation.
What could be the advantage of electric panel heaters then?
The big advantage of these heaters is that they are really flat and can be attached to a wall and therefore save space in your rooms. The primary utilisation of a flat heating system is to boost the heat in a room or just a specific area.
Many opportunities exist to boost the heat in your home without having a really expensive bill but unfortunately many of us are unaware of these cheaper alternatives. One option would be the wall mounted panel heaters.
This system of heating is ideal for both long and short term heating requirements. If one of your radiators is damaged or even if you don’t really want to use your favourite electric blanket, this is the perfect way to keep the warmth in your room as the electric panel heater can be utilised to compensate the loss of heat.
Where do I put it?
As wall panel electric heaters are lightweight and provide a very localised kind of heat, they are typically used in smaller areas, such as bathrooms. Because they are much more economical to run over the longer term than many other types of electric heaters, they are also ideal as clean, efficient space heaters in bedrooms, offices and studies. Try place it in the centre of the room if possible and most times it will probably be dictated by where you have a socket.
Bar heaters with glowing elements and a reflector are radiant heaters. They mainly heat objects and people rather than air in a room, and are available as either free-standing, wall or high-wall mounted models.
- Good for rooms with high ceilings.
- Good for large rooms where you only need to heat one area of the room.
- Great for instant heat – rather than waiting for the air to warm up. For example in large bathrooms (only use high wall mounted models here), while standing at the kitchen sink or for that quick early morning breakfast in a cold house.
- Not suitable for bedrooms – many emit some visible light and they can also be a fire risk.
- Can be a fire risk and dangerous to children.
- High-wall mounted models (available from electrical supply stores) can be installed out of children’s reach and away from flammable materials. They are also more effective than high-wall fan heaters in bathrooms, provided there is enough space for the required safety clearances.
- Most don’t have a thermostat.
The important thing to understand about these heaters, it isn’t instant heat. It is not going to make a room instantly warm like a radiator heater would. It is designed to warm up a room slowly and keep it warm. They won’t do well it large rooms and in the dead of winter where it is very cold especially in areas where you get into below freezing temperatures. They are designed to keep a room comfortable vs very warm. The heaters do get warm to the touch, so if you able to put in near you such as by a desk or couch where you sit, then you should feel the heat and be kept warm. I have one in a large room but the room is downstairs so it retains heat quite well and I am happy with the heat that comes out of it. I would like it if it got warmer, but I opted for the 400W model and I am satisfied with the heat it outputs.
My office is 330 square feet or 30 square meters 22′ x 15′ and it keeps it comfortably warm. I have 2 large windows but the office is downstairs and retains heat relatively well. I have the 400W Model.
I have ordered a few more for upstairs, so I will see how well it does thru out the winter. I can recommend them as one of my main goals was to lower my electricity costs and they are more efficient from a electricity cost point of view.
Which Models do I recommend ?
There are 3 brands that come to my mind and I will list them in order of preference from my perspective
- VonHaus (Well known and popular brand, but stocks seem less than other brands). Get this one if you can get your hands on one else the Econo-heat is just as fine, I have one and am happy with it.
- Econo-heat (Well known brand). I can recommend this brand, I have one of these Units.
- Amaze (These heaters can smell for the first week – They say the smell should reside in 24 hours, but my experience has been longer). That been said you can get some good deals on these heaters if you willing to withstand the smell for a longer period of time). I bought 1 of these units and I was impressed with the package presentation and the parts came including a placement cardboard cutout piece to help you place it on the wall, plus a heat resistant stick on cover to reflect the heat.
BONUS Tip: If you going to buy a thermostat, buy it separately, that way if you need to send the heater back, you don’t have to send the thermostat back as well and could use it for a different type of heater if you needed to. They tend to be a similar price if purchased separately or together.
Buy these separately if you can
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