Infrared heating offers an affordable, easy-to-fit alternative to a central heating system. Our expert examines if they’re worth consideration for your home. in this way we have posed some relevant questions and answer as carefully as we can to give you moure clearity in this area.



For the right project, infrared heating might just be the solution to your home heating issues. Often found in infrared panels in residential properties, this type of heating operates in a different way than most other kinds of space heating, but it’s real value is in it’s easy-to-install characteristics, offering a budget-friendly option for retrofitting or adding additional heating to a space.

But how effective is infrared heating? And what kind of projects does it suit? Energy and sustainability expert David Hilton examines the technology and offers his verdict.

What is Infrared Heating?

as radiant heating panels, or far infrared panels, are electric heating emitters that use the radiant heat spectrum to target heat in specific areas. The heat is very similar to the feeling you get from the sun when it peeps out from behind a cloud on a cold day.

Infrared heaters can be used as whole house solutions or as complementary heaters that work alongside an alternative heating, or central heating, system to provide a boost or provide heat in hard to heat areas. Infrared heating panels use radiant heat and as such they are specifically designed to heat objects rather than the air, so in certain cases a good insulation level is not always required.

According to manufacturers such as Herschel and Jigsaw, we usually feel warm when we are absorbing heat from the environment and feel cold if we are radiating cold out to the environment. So if we warm the walls, ceilings and floor of the room rather than the air our bodies will stop perceiving that we are losing heat and feel warm.