Far infrared heating technology is a mystery to some. After all, it's a new technology which has not quite caught the eye of the mainstream yet, and many of us are quite comfortable with our gas central heating systems at the moment. But what happens when gas becomes too expensive or the reserves begin to run dry? Of course, the Government has its eye on renewable energy generation, but what happens when we finally take that leap? Are we prepared? Many of us are now considering solar panels, electric radiators and other ways of loosing our dependency on gas and the big energy suppliers, and it's because of this that infrared heating technology has found a nice place on the map. But what is it?
Far infrared works very differently from the standard radiators and electric heaters we've become accustomed to. Whereas older heaters such as convector units and fan assisted storage heaters would push hot air out into the room, warming us up in the process, infrared heaters work completely silently, and focus on heating the actual objects in the room. Take the sun for example. The sun shines rays down on us and they heat the surface area they come into contact with, such as the pavement and our houses (and us!). Infrared heaters work in much the same way. They have no moving parts or liquid, no fans and no noise, they simply push rays out silently into the room which heat the walls, furniture and people in it, rather than the air around them. These means that there is technically less to heat, and it completely eliminates any risk of damp or 'cold spots' in the room that you may have previously been concerned about.
Infrared heating now also comes in a variety shapes, sizes and styles. Often when we think of infrared heaters we think of clunky outdoor heaters, glowing with fierce heat, but with far infrared heating panels this has all changed. Heating panels can be hung on your wall and painted to be used as an item of decoration or camouflaged into your home, and they can even be fitted with a reflective surface to be used as a mirror.
Infrared technology, along with other leading electrical heating solutions, could actually make or break the future of home heating once we've all moved on from gas central heating and beginning adopting things like solar panels and renewable 'feed-in' tariffs. It's only a matter of time before the technology is further refined and makes its way into the mainstream of public consciousness.