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Best Infrared Heating 2019 • 0 Infrared Heatings Reviews

How do infrared heaters work?

The physical principle on which infrared heating is based is radiant heat. Heat is transferred in different ways.

In classic heating, also called convector heating by experts, the radiator heats the air in the room. This serves, so to speak, as a transfer medium and transfers the heat to the objects in the room. A infrared heater works according to a different principle. Heat is basically nothing more than long-wave radiation, called infrared, emitted by hot objects. These hot objects are the glow bodies or heating coils of the infrared heating.

The thermal radiation (infrared radiation) emitted by them does not heat the environment, but the objects it encounters. This principle is the same behind the warming power of the sun's rays. The infrared radiation of our central star penetrates the universe at the speed of light and warms the planet Earth on its way.

In everyday life on earth, the good old mountain sun clarifies the same principle. The heat in the glow bodies of a infrared heater is generated either by electricity or by the combustion of fossil fuels such as gas, liquid gas, or sometimes gasoline or diesel. You will find the best Infrared heaters in our recommendations in the Infrared heaters test 2019.

What advantages do infrared heaters have and where are they used?

The heat emanating from a infrared heater is perceived by most users as very natural and pleasant because it mimics the natural heat of the sun in a technical fashion. For the feeling of warmth to begin, no start-up time is required, the infrared radiation becomes effective immediately.

Because it warms the objects it encounters, it works best on the unclothed skin of humans. The heat rays do not bounce off the surface of the skin, but penetrate to a depth of a few millimetres.

The warmth of a Infrared heating is perceived as coming from within. The special features of infrared radiation open the way to numerous applications in medicine, biology, technology and in private households. Good devices from these areas can be found in our Infrarotheizung Test.

Applications in the field of medicine

In the medical field, infrared heaters are mostly used in the form of electrically operated infrared heaters. Red light lamps are also a widespread form. The devices are used to treat muscle tension, colds or hypothermia in infants. A well-known example are the infrared lamps, which can be found either as mobile devices or stationary over changing tables, in doctor's surgeries or partly also in public sanitary rooms. The infrared heat is immediately available and has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect.

Applications in the biological field

Infrared heaters are also used in these areas. With the Aufzucht of young, they prove to be particularly useful as young always are particularly warmbedürftig. Whether in the rearing of piglets or in chick breeding, infrared emitters are indispensable everywhere. This is due to the fact that they can be attached without great technical effort. The devices emit radiant heat, a fact which is particularly advantageous for large stables. Instead of heating up the entire interior of the barn, only the object that really matters, the bodies of the young animals, is warmed up. Because of their efficiency and pleasant warmth, infrared heaters are ideal for this purpose.

This also applies to the use of such heaters in aquaristics and terraristics. Animals feel comfortable under such a radiator because it imitates the natural warmth of the sun's rays. For the keeping of most tropical animals infrared emitters are indispensable.

Applications in engineering

In this area, the property of Infrared radiation is used to directly heat objects it encounters. Infrared radiators mounted under the ceiling or on the walls can, for example, heat large halls cost-effectively. Conventional convection-based radiators or hot-air blowers, on the other hand, would only create a huge cushion of heated air floating under the roof of the hall where it is not needed and ultimately escapes outside unused through cracks and crevices.

In contrast, infrared radiators do not heat or hardly heat the air in the hall, but only the areas to which they are directly directed. This makes these heaters much more efficient than other appliances. The properties of direct heating by infrared radiators are also frequently used in production processes for drying articles on assembly lines or production lines. Applications range from infrared emitters mounted on conveyor belts for drying semi-finished products to emitters in large chambers for fast drying of paintwork or glued joints.

In construction, infrared radiators are used for targeted and efficient drying of damp areas such as walls or ceilings.

Private applications

Infrared heaters are used in many different ways in the household and for private purposes. The heaters are used in mobile or stationary form as wall-mounted or stand-alone units. In many cases the infrared heating serves as additional heating or transitional heating in the household. Because of their easy assembly, simple operation and space-saving design, electrically operated infrared radiators have become widespread in households. These radiators are very popular especially as heating in the bathroom.

Modern bathrooms are mostly only small rooms. Immediately after switching on, you will feel the pleasant warmth of the radiator on your skin. Therefore, Infrared heaters are also often used to heat rooms that are not constantly used, such as workshops, washrooms and similar places.

The big advantage of using electrically operated infrared radiators in living areas is that they work very cleanly and do not produce any exhaust fumes or stir up dust.

This makes these types of heaters also well tolerated by allergy sufferers or persons with a compromised state of health. In addition, they indirectly contribute to saving energy, especially when used as a supplementary heater. Their use relieves the load on the primary heating system because it is used less often. So-called patio heaters are also infrared based radiant heaters. In these devices, however, the glow bodies are brought to the required temperature by gas (usually propane or butane in bottles) in order to emit infrared radiation.

The heating radiators are designed for outdoor use and are often used to heat outdoor areas in the catering trade, for example street cafés or beer gardens. They are also sometimes used in detached houses.

Since these heaters produce exhaust gases and contribute to global warming, their use is often the subject of controversy. In some cities their use is not allowed.

What types of infrared heaters are there?

Infrared heaters are divided into several groups. Depending on the type of energy used for heating, experts distinguish between radiant heaters that run on gas or electricity. The principle of action is the same for both.

Gas heater

Gas heaters are either intended for outdoor use only or require a permanently installed ventilation system to supply them with oxygen and discharge the exhaust gases.

The exception are so-called heating mushrooms for outdoor use in restaurants, cafés and camping. Gas heaters are often installed under the ceiling of large warehouses and direct their heat radiation to the objects below them. Depending on the temperature of the glow bodies, a distinction is made between light and dark radiators. However, most Infrared heaters in households are electrically operated.

Electric infrared heaters

These radiators have a high efficiency. More than 86 percent of the energy supplied is converted into heat. In contrast, other heating systems can only achieve an efficiency of a maximum of 80 percent.

Electric Infrared heaterswork silently, cause no exhaust fumes, require no maintenance and take up little space. During operation they do not stir up dust and do not dry out the air. This makes them particularly suitable for allergy sufferers. The devices are divided into**infrared radiators** and the actual infrared heaters. Both types are available in mobile and stationary versions.

Infrared radiator

These are in most cases so-called red light lamps or also quartz radiators. Red light lamps are mostly used as mobile devices for certain therapeutic purposes. In principle, they are nothing more than ordinary incandescent lamps that are equipped with a red filter.

The filter retains most of the light rays and allows only the long-wave heat rays to pass through. The warmth of these lamps is perceived as very pleasant. Therefore they are also used for heating terrariums. Due to their relatively low output, they are not very suitable for heating larger rooms. The quartz radiators already look different. They achieve a significantly higher output than infrared lamps because the heating resistor is mounted in a quartz tube filled with inert gas.

The heating wire thus reaches a higher temperature and the infrared radiation is much more intense. Radiant heaters of this type are usually installed as stationary wall or ceiling heaters in the bathroom or on the balcony. They can also often be found above diaper-changing tables. Their effect is practically as if a small sun is directed at the area that is in direct line to the quartz radiator.

Infrared heaters

This type of radiator is used in living spaces. The devices are available in various versions on the market, where the radiator is coated with a layer of glass or enamel, steel or aluminium.

Many customers also like to buy mobile devices in which the radiator is mounted on wheels in the form of vertical panels. Infrared heaters are characterized by a small space requirement and simple conditions compared to other heating systems. In order to use them, the consumer only needs a suitable free area on the wall or possibly also on the ceiling and a nearby socket.

Such radiators can even be designed as decorative elements and look like a picture, so that nobody suspects that there is a heater behind the frame.

There are even designs as mirrors or, particularly suitable for children's rooms, as blackboards that can actually be written on with chalk. We publish an overview of recommended heating systems of this kind in the Infrarotheizungs Test.

So we tested the infrared heaters

Various factors are taken into account as criteria for the test. The most important are the following:

  • Power
  • Mains connection
  • Features
  • Protection class
  • Security
The power of electrically operated Infrared heaters is given in watts. In order for the heating system to fulfil its task, it must have sufficient power. In general, an output of 50 to 70 watts per square metre of room surface is expected. However, we recommend planning for at least 70 to 100 watts per square metre of surface area for radiators in the bathroom. It is better to oversize the power a little so that there are still capacity reserves in case of an emergency. The average power required refers to rooms with a normal height of 2.50 metres. We recommend that you buy 2 Infrared heaters with a slightly lower output than a large one, especially for larger rooms. This gives you more flexibility and increases safety if a device fails.
Infrared heaters usually do not consume much electricity. A normal socket is usually sufficient for connection. You should make sure that the connection cable is long enough. The use of extension cables is only recommended in exceptional cases and at short notice, for example with mobile heaters. Extension cables are a tripping hazard and may cause fires.
Simple Infrared heaters, mostly Infrared heaters, are usually quite spartanly equipped and only have an on and off switch, at best a function with which different power levels can be selected. This is sufficient for an additional heating in the bathroom, for the living area the demands are considerably higher. Devices used in the living room or children's room should be equipped with a thermostat that automatically regulates the desired temperature. Good Infrared heaters also have a timer that automatically lowers the temperature at night. This not only ensures a pleasant living climate, but also saves electricity.
The protection class consists of the letters IP followed by a two-digit number. The abbreviation IP comes from English and is called International Protection. It expresses how well the electrical device is protected against contact and external influences by objects, dust and water. The higher the number, the greater the protection. We recommend, for example, that you use only Infrared heating from protection class IP54 in the bathroom. The figure indicates that the heater is completely protected against dust, contact and splashing water. For all devices (not only Infrared heaters) we recommend that customers additionally ensure that they carry the CE mark. The quality seal is valid throughout the EU. It states that the equipment in question complies with all European standards applicable to the type in question. Devices without CE marking may not be sold in the EU. Especially with import devices of unknown manufacturers it is worthwhile to pay attention to this.
The surface of Infrared heaters for the living area should not become hotter than 90 degrees. This is hot enough to emit enough infrared radiation, but not hot enough for severe burns. Objects with such a surface temperature can be touched for a short time without causing permanent damage to health.

What to pay attention to when buying an infrared heater?

Infrared heaters are on the market as space heaters, except for Infrared heaters as additional heaters only for a relatively short time Zeit. Official comparison results are difficult to find. We therefore recommend that you consult the results of our Infrared Heating Test 2019 before purchasing. With heating consultants are Infrarotheizungen only little popular, because they can earn thereby hardly commission.

Most systems can be installed with little effort by the buyer himself and the heaters run maintenance-free for many years, so that there is nothing to earn even in maintenance. What the heating expert is annoyed about, pleases the customer. Many good reasons speak therefore for the acquisition of a Infrarotheizung. In order to choose the right device, you should pay attention to a few things when selecting it.

Heating mode

Infrared heaters are always offered as radiators or radiators.

Emitter

Radiators have a more selective effect and only heat a relatively small area. They are ideally suited as additional heaters, for example for the bathroom or the sitting area on the terrace or on the veranda or balcony. When used in damp rooms or outdoors under canopies, only devices with an appropriate protection class are considered.

Stationary devices must be mounted in such a way that they cannot be reached by children or pets. With mobile devices, you should ensure that the spotlight can be set up safely so that it does not tip over so quickly.

Infrared heating body

For the living area, radiators are best suited for wall mounting. Devices mounted on ceilings or under the floor are more suitable for industrial purposes.

During operation, a ceiling radiator in the living room would constantly give the impression that the hot midday sun is burning from the sky, while in underfloor heating systems the heating surface is simply too hot to walk on. Radiators for the wall can be used as decorative elements at the same time. There are also models without any pattern or decor. Such radiators are purely functional and are best suited for the office or workshop.

Special designs

Radiators with mirror surfaces are particularly popular. They are ideally suited for the bathroom as they combine 3 advantages at once

  • you save space, as a mirror is needed in the bathroom anyway
  • so that the radiator can be “camouflaged”
  • because it is heated, the mirror does not fog up

Other special designs are so-called panel radiators for the children's room. The cladding is reminiscent of a blackboard and can also be painted and written on with chalk or pencils.

Performance and efficiency

Which power the Infrarotheizung must have depends not only on the room size, but also on the type of insulation and the floor plan of the room.

In well insulated rooms a lower heat output is required than in a corner room with 2 exterior walls, for example. Rooms with high ceilings also require higher performance.

The efficiency of the Infrared heating strongly depends on whether the heated room is well furnished or almost empty. Infrared rays only generate heat when they hit objects. In an almost empty room, the heating cannot develop its full effect for physical reasons.

Ease of use

If the infrared heater is only used as a supplementary heater, this aspect probably does not play a particularly important role in the purchase decision . Such heaters are usually only used for a short time anyway.

With Infrarotheizungen in the living area the thing looks differently against it. When choosing appliances for this purpose, buyers should not only pay attention to the good optical impression and choose an appliance that matches the decor of the room, but also a radiator whose temperature can be regulated as precisely as possible.

radiators with thermostat are ideally suited for such purposes. Even better are devices with an integrated timer that automatically lowers the temperature at night.

High-quality bath heaters are equipped with devices for drying and preheating towels.

Safety

When used as directed, Infrared heaters are very safe devices, safer than other types of heaters. When purchasing, customers should make sure that the heater of their choice bears at least the CE mark as a minimum requirement.

Certified by TÜV or VDE for additional safety. When buying a Infrared heater we recommend to consult our Infrared heater Test and to buy only branded devices from well-known manufacturers whose quality standard meets all legal requirements.

Customers of cheap imports from unknown producers, on the other hand, should prefer to keep their hands off , because the small savings potential when shopping is out of proportion to possible annoyances and problems that can be caused by inferior equipment.

Customer service

Infrared heaters are characterized by largely maintenance-free operation and a long service life. Therefore, customers should prefer products on which the manufacturer grants a long warranty. This is a good sign that the company has confidence in the quality of its own products and is not afraid to take responsibility for them.

Leading manufacturers of infrared heaters

On the market for infrared heaters there are several well-known producers, some of whom are briefly introduced in the following.

  • Elbo Therm
  • Infranomic
  • Fenix
  • Frico
  • AEG
  • Estexo
The German company is based in the city of Borken in NRW in the western Münsterland region. Elbo Therm has been a registered trademark since 2014. The manufacturer's offer is very varied and includes heaters that can be mounted on both walls and ceilings. The heaters are available in different colours and are suitable for almost any ambience. The assortment also includes heating systems with natural stone elements. These have a particularly decorative effect and can be mounted on the wall or operated as stand-alone units. Baby changing tables, table heaters and an extensive range of accessories are also part of the range.
Infranomic is a trademark of Wolff + Meier GmbH & Co. KG. The company is based in the city of Langgöns in central Hessen. Glass and mirror heaters are offered under the Infranomic brand name. The high-quality products are tested by TÜV Süd and come on the market with a 5-year guarantee from the manufacturer. One of the company's top products is the first mirror heating with integrated LED lighting. Infranomic brand mirror heaters are exported to several European countries.
The name Fenix stands for a group of Czech companies engaged in the production and distribution of various heating systems. The Fenix production plant is located in the Czech Republic. Further production sites are located in France, Great Britain, Spain and Slovakia. We offer mainly Infrared heaters for wall mounting. Depending on the model, the radiators are covered with enamel, glass or marble.
Frico is based in Sweden and exports its products to more than 70 countries on all continents. The company is part of Systemair and mainly produces ventilation systems and fan heaters. In the field of Infrared heaters Frico produces mainly radiant heaters. Some of the products are intended for industrial use. Frico holds the ISO 9001 certificate for excellent quality management.
The former German group AEG has no longer existed for some years. The company's trademark rights belong to the Swedish company Electrolux, which grants licenses to various companies. Under the brand name AEG, high-quality Infrarotheizungen, which are clad with natural stone, are offered on the market. The heating elements are suitable for wall mounting, impress with their elegant design and are available in various output levels.
The company Estexo is located in Kirchheim in Lower Franconia, near Würzburg. The manufacturer's product range includes panel radiators made of glass, mirror glass and metal for wall mounting. A speciality of the company are partition walls with integrated**infrared heating**. Estexo offers a 5-year warranty on its products. The range also includes thermostats and accessories such as feet and wall brackets.

Where do customers buy their infrared heating best?

Infrared heaters are high-quality products that are characterized by a long service life. Before the beginning of the Internet age, customers bought most of these items in DIY stores or specialty stores. However, this behaviour has changed in recent years and more and more people prefer shopping on the Internet.

Benefits of shopping on the Internet

There are several good reasons for buying online. Infrared heaters are bulky items. Even in a large specialist store, only a small selection of models can be shown for space reasons. On the Internet, on the other hand, customers can choose from the full range of dozens of manufacturers. Even special requests or special requirements can be entered and displayed when selecting products in the search mask. Such offers are seldom to be found even in large specialist markets, not to mention the long drive to them in the once at all.

An order on the Internet, however, the customer can completely relaxed from his PC home or his
Smartphone while on the move and need not worry about opening hours or rest days. Shopping on the Internet is fast and convenient.

For seniors, people without cars and disabled people, it is often even the only way to buy bulky goods such as a large infrared heater.

The transport of a large Infrared heating in an average car is cumbersome, not everyone has a pickup truck or pickup available. In extreme cases, the device will not even fit in the boot. When shopping on the Internet, on the other hand, many shops offer free shipping as a customer service from a certain order amount. The chances stand well that the customer gets his heating delivered in the wahrsten sense of the word “free house”.

Detailed information

In the Internet the customer can read all details to the Infrarotheizung of his choice in the product description and if necessary even print out. With one click different products can be compared with each other. With our Infrarotheizung Test 2019 we give the customers a good help with the purchase decision. Only experienced specialist retailers possess such a wealth of information in conventional retailing. However, they often lack the time to concentrate on a customer's concerns because they are very much in demand at peak times before the holidays. On the Internet, on the other hand, the customer can take all the time in the world and, if necessary, ask questions about details by telephone or email.

Things to know & guidebook on infrared heating

The history of infrared heating

Infrared heating, sometimes also called thermal waves, is one of the oldest and most recent methods of heating a closed room. One of the oldest because the beneficial warmth of an open fire is largely based on infrared rays. The campfire of people in the Stone Age was practically the first infrared heating. Also fireplaces with open fire heat for the most part by radiant heat. Even stoves that heat the air in a room emit at least part of their heat radiation. The first application of infrared heating was the Höhensonne, a brand name of Heraeus.

The patent for the basic principle was granted to a German physicist in 1904. However, the high-altitude sun was not used for heating purposes, but for medical purposes. Only after the war did the first infrared radiant heaters come onto the market.

For a long time they were used exclusively as auxiliary heaters. The same applies to red light lamps. They serve as heating for special purposes (terrariums/chick breeding) or for therapeutic heat treatment.

Infrared heating

The use of radiant heat for room heating is still not widespread. Such devices have only been on the market for a few years. Because of their many advantages, however, they spread more and more. This is also due to the increasingly better insulation of residential buildings, which makes extremely efficient heating systems superfluous.

Facts, figures and facts about infrared heating

The advantages and disadvantages of Infrared heaters at a glance

Advantages

  • easy mounting
  • small space requirement
  • maintenance-free, noiseless operation
  • can be retrofitted and replace other systems (night storage heaters)
  • does not stir up dust and does not reduce humidity
  • suitable for allergy sufferers
  • warms the walls and prevents the formation of mould
  • long service life
  • environmentally friendly when green electricity is used

Disadvantages

The disadvantages include only a few points

  • depending on current
  • no or only low storage effect

It can therefore be foreseen that infrared heaters will continue to gain acceptance in the future, especially as they operate with a much higher efficiency than other heating systems. This is at least 86 percent for heating with radiant heat (infrared), while other heating systems achieve a maximum of 80 percent.

This should be taken into account when using infrared heaters

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When using these radiators, we recommend that you always follow the manufacturer's operating instructions. Infrared heaters for wall mounting are always supplied with spacers. These should also be used in any case, as the heating plates also radiate to the rear. If they were attached directly to the wall, their efficiency would be reduced. Under certain circumstances it could also lead to a heat build-up. The connection should only be made via the mains cable belonging to the heater. The use of extension cords can be dangerous (trip, short circuit).

If the infrared heater does not have an antifreeze function, it should not be left unattended for a longer period of time. If you are absent for a longer period of time, we recommend pulling the mains plug. Only use radiators in damp rooms or outdoors if they are expressly designated as suitable by the manufacturer.

Safe installation and use in order to avoid fire hazard

Like many heating systems, Infrared heaters are potential sources of danger, because the radiators, especially with Infrared radiators can become very hot. Equipment for stationary use must be securely fastened so that it cannot come loose from the holder.

They should be placed so high that they are out of reach of small children and pets. When running around it could otherwise happen that the little ones collide with the radiator and in extreme cases could cause severe burns.
The weak point of these radiators is the mains cable. Toddlers could use it to stand up and rip the radiator out of its holder if it is not attached firmly enough. When operating mobile devices, care must be taken to ensure that they are stable and cannot tip over due to a small impact.

They should be placed in such a way that they do not stand in the way and become a trip hazard. When choosing a location, we recommend that you look for flammable substances in the immediate vicinity. This is especially true for radiant heaters,
whose heating wires develop a high temperature. To place such a device directly next to a couch or curtain is not a good idea and already borders on gross negligence. The devices should also never be used for any other purpose, such as Example for drying laundry. This is also reckless because it can trigger a fire. Mobile devices have no place in the bathroom. These types of heaters are usually not equipped with splash water protection. When children splash in the tub and splash water on the heater, it can end in a catastrophe.

For reasons of general caution, Infrared heaters should normally not be operated unattended for long periods of time, unless the manufacturer expressly gives his Okay for this in the operating instructions. The heater should be connected to the mains supply in such a way that the plug and socket are easily accessible in an emergency in order to be able to interrupt the power supply reliably.

Useful accessories

Many manufacturers offer various accessories for their devices. These include, for example, thermostats that significantly increase the ease of use of the infrared heating, as they allow the desired room temperature to be set precisely.

Any as useful are timers, which help the radiator to automatically reduce the output at night. This accessory saves a lot of power. Stepless power controllers are also offered by some manufacturers. This allows the power consumption of the infrared heater to be adapted to the current conditions and reduced, for example, in warm weather. This accessory also helps with power saving. As an optional accessory, stand feet for the heating plates can be ordered from many manufacturers. This allows Infrared heaters, which are actually intended for wall mounting, to be used instead as a mobile stand-alone device.

Wheels are an ideal complement to these accessories so that the radiator can be moved easily and without stress from one place to another.

Is there an alternative to infrared heating?

Actually not, because a modern infrared heating is a full-fledged heating system. For mobile heating systems, a fan heater or an electric oil radiator may be used as a replacement. However, these devices have a significantly lower efficiency than infrared heating and are also associated with many disadvantages, so that their use is at best only an emergency or temporary solution.

Continuing links and sources

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