At Heating Green, we are asked lots of questions about infrared and about the operation of our infrared heating systems. Out of these questions we want to highlight a few of the more common myths and misconceptions, and explain in greater detail how our infrared heating system works.
Myth #1: Turning the temperature higher on the thermostat makes the infrared heating system work harder.
Fact: Anytime the set temperature on the thermostat is higher than the actual temperature in the room, the heaters are on at 100%. In other words, if it’s 60 degrees right now, it doesn’t affect the intensity of the infrared heat output if you set the temperature on the thermostat to 70 degrees or if you set it to say 100 degrees. The only difference is how long the heaters will remain on, until that set temperature is reached.
Myth #2: The amount of heat needed for a room is determined by the number of panels in the infrared heating system.
Fact: It is the total wattage which matters, not the number of panels. For example, (8) 750W panels is equivalent to (4) 1,500W panels in terms of heat output.
Myth #3: The temperature that a room will reach is dependent on the total wattage of the infrared heating system.
Fact: Equally important to the wattage of the panels is the size of the room, and how well the heat can be retained in the room. As an analogy, picture an empty bucket that you are going to fill with water. Water is heat in this analogy, and the size of the bucket is the size of your room. The higher you fill the bucket, the hotter the room goes. The total infrared wattage is how quickly the water is filling the bucket (the flow rate). However, there is a problem called heat loss. Heat escapes a room, it’s simply inevitable and this is why rooms have insulation to help mitigate heat loss. There are holes in the side of your bucket that allow the water (heat) to escape! The better your insulation, the smaller the holes are and the more quickly the bucket will fill to a certain level. Ultimately to reach a certain temperature in any room is a joint effort between the infrared heaters and the room’s insulation (heat retention). Higher insulation means fewer infrared panels are required, and vice versa. If you are experiencing heat loss in your yoga studio due to lack of insulation please visit our blog post on the Top 5 Reasons For Heat Loss in Yoga Studios, and What To Do.
We hope this helps you understand the concept of infrared heat better and please contact us if you have any questions.
Written by: Jeff Abel, VP of Sales, Heating Green