Tech notes: Herschel Infrared - Efficient heating for Lot 20
If ‘infrared’ has you thinking of patio heaters, think again. Herschel’s far-infrared is the most efficient form of electric heating available on the market (and it looks good too). Find out more in time for Lot 20…
Lot 20 has arrived and we know that our customers are on the lookout for the most efficient heating technology to conform to the new regulations.
While some heating manufacturers have been busy over the last few years adapting heating systems to maximise efficiency, with some great results, one manufacturer has changed the game completely, creating an entirely new way to heat homes and workplaces that virtually eradicates wasted heat.
That manufacturer is Herschel, and the technology is far-infrared, the most efficient electric heating on the market.
Infrared: isn’t that patio heaters?
When most of us think of infrared heating, we imagine those glowing patio heaters that definitely don’t seem safe for an indoor environment. Those, however, are short-wave infrared heaters.
Herschel’s heaters use ground-breaking long-wave infrared – or far-infrared – technology that’s a far cry from what you’d usually find in your local pub garden. The indoor panels are sleek and unobtrusive: they can even be hidden as a ceiling tile in the workplace or turned into a feature (ask your local trade counter to find out about bespoke panels).
What’s special about far-infrared?
Far-infrared is essentially radiant heat – much like the heat from the sun. It’s a method of effectively transferring heat to an object without heating the air in between.
By heating objects in a room – the walls, ceiling, floor, people – far-infrared builds up ‘thermal mass’ which makes us feel warmer than ‘hot air’ in a room and allows the room to retain heat for longer.
How much can it actually save clients?
Because convection heaters heat air, even the leading low-consumption digital electric convection radiators need around 40 watts per m3 to account for ‘lost’ heat energy. As Herschel infrared panels do not heat the air, they typically only need 25 watts per m3.
What’s more, as radiant heat has a higher rate of heat transfer per kilowatt than convection, it needs less energy to power it.
Both Herschel and electric convectors run for around 40% of the required heating period, but the basic difference in heat transfer means that Herschel could save up to 37% on electricity costs compared to convection and night storage heaters.
Installing Herschel far-infrared
It may be a ground-breaking technology, but installing Herschel heaters isn’t complicated. Their popular 60x60 ceiling tile can be installed just like an LED panel, while the wall mounted models are also simple to fit (and sit close to the wall, so great for saving space).
Support from Herschel
Herschel are able to support contractors through BEW branches. Just ask at your local trade counter to find out more about Herschel’s site visits, technical advice and project solutions.
In branch now
All of our branches are ready to support contractors with the introduction of Lot 20 with our explanatory leaflet .
We’ve recently launched our Winter Warmers catalogue, featuring Herschel’s far infrared products and other energy efficient heating solutions. Pick up your copy in branch today or download the heating brochure below.