Designer range of infrared radiators from Infrarad cuts the cost of heating bathrooms
SDesigner space heating that consumes half the energy required to run conventional radiators is now available from a new UK company, Infrarad Limited.
The Designer glass towel-warmers are designed for wall-mounting in all bathrooms irrespective of the heating system. They boast built-in controls for independent function and are available with optional towel rails. Two models are available, rated at 500W and 700w, in either black or white glass.
Made of silk screen toughened safety glass, the Designer radiators are splash-resistant to IP24 and are fitted with thermal overheat and fuse over-current protection. They are also fitted with an LCD display and timer function.
The Designer 500W measures 700mm high x 634mm wide while the Designer 900W is taller at 900mm. Both have five power settings in drops of 20%. Though currently available in either black or white, Infrarad plans to introduce a wider choice of colours during 2014, as well as increasing the range with different sizes and power ratings.
In addition, new ranges of standard glass radiators and mirrors, with outputs of 500W and above, will be launched for every room in the home.
Infrarad’s products all use radiant heat. “We use the same method as the sun’s rays” explains Infrarad’s MD, Peter Ferguson. “The energy is emitted in the form of infrared rays which heat only the solid objects they land on including the occupants of the room”.
This means that, whereas a traditional method of calculating a standard room’s requirement for heat is based on 50W m3, with infrared panels only 25W m3 is required. Because the Infrarad units generate radiant heat rather than convection, they are more efficie
nt and do not create a stuffiness inside the room, says Mr Ferguson. For example, if a room needs 2KW of standard gas and electric convector radiators, then with infrared, it will only need a 1KW radiant panel.
In many instances, infrared heating can be more cost-effective than traditional central heating, he adds: “The capital cost of Infrarad’s panels is generally lower than traditional radiators and boilers, and the cost of installation is considerably less” he says.