Installing an infrared heater: 4 steps to a warm home

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  • Infrared heaters not only impress with their quick and effective heating of your rooms, but also with their uncomplicated installation. This can be done independently with a little preparation, or supported or taken over by a specialist.
  • In order to install the infrared heater, the correct placement of the heater plays an important role. This should be installed opposite heat accumulators and not directly in front of blocking pieces of furniture. Beam width, beam angle and mounting height are also relevant for placement.
  • While ceiling installations provide the pleasant effect of underfloor heating, wall installations have the advantage of being quick and uncomplicated. However, installing an infrared heater directly over resting places such as the couch or bed should definitely be avoided, otherwise the direct infrared radiation on the head is too extreme.

Living room with infrared heating

In order not to freeze in the cold season, infrared heaters provide warmth in your home and have a number of other advantages to offer. How electric heaters work is a flexible heating system in which electricity heats the heater. If you have a Buy infrared heater and assemble, the solid bodies in the area around the heater are warmed up by its infrared C rays. We’ll show you how you can easily install these heaters yourself and what role factors such as beam angle and installation height play.

infrared heater-hidden

Nowadays, infrared heaters also come in artistic designs, so that your picture behind the sofa also acts as a discreet heat source.

Infrared heaters are particularly impressive because of their performance: electric heaters very quickly provide targeted, controllable heat throughout the room. This allows you to heat efficiently and economically. But there are also some other advantages:

  • Heating healthily: Unlike heaters that heat the air directly, electric heaters do not stir up any air, which has a positive effect on a good indoor climate.
  • Prevention and targeted counteracting of mold: By heating all solid objects, electric heaters not only prevent mold, but also actively combat it.
  • Low acquisition costs: Electric heaters are significantly more cost-effective compared to other heating systems. Prices vary depending on the model and performance; simple infrared heaters are available from just 100 euros. New, conventional heating systems, on the other hand, are available from around 4,500 euros.
  • Long lifetime: Since electric heaters only work with electricity and the technology behind them is not very complex, there are no regular maintenance costs or costs for wearing parts over time.
  • Low space consumption and quick and easy assembly

2. Installing the infrared heater in 4 steps

Before you install the infrared heater, a suitable place for installation must be found. The following applies:

Room with windows

An infrared heater should not be placed opposite windows as they do not store heat well.

  • Avoid blocking objects: In order for the entire room to be heated, the heat waves from the infrared heater should be able to work unhindered. Large objects such as furniture that is directly in front of the heater or sloping ceilings can be a hindrance. The heater should therefore be installed at some distance from these.
  • Place opposite heat storage devices: The surface material of the heater’s opposing objects is also important when positioning the infrared heater. Good heat stores include wood, plaster, brick and parquet. Glass, PVC and other plastics, on the other hand, are poor heat accumulators – placing infrared heaters above or opposite these materials makes the heating effect less effective.
  • Pay attention to the beam distance: The radiation distance of the infrared heater is usually approx. 3m. For very large rooms, it may be worthwhile to install several infrared heaters.
  • Pay attention to the beam angle: The beam angle is approx. 120°. This information should also be taken into account when placing one or more heaters in the room due to the necessary minimum distance between infrared heaters.

2.2. Decision for wall or ceiling mounting

When choosing the installation location, a distinction is made between wall and ceiling installations. What you choose depends on the conditions of your premises. There are a few points to consider with both options:

Wall mounting Ceiling mounting
Use of radiators with castors or feet: With this solution, the heater can be positioned quickly and easily and no further assembly is necessary. Help with assembly: Since the heater is often installed on the ceiling using a ladder and requires a certain amount of force, for safety reasons it is advisable to have a specialist or second person help you when installing the infrared heater.
Mounting on outside wall: By mounting it on the outside wall, the inside walls of the room are illuminated, which can absorb comparatively more heat. Mounting height: In order to achieve the effect of underfloor heating through infrared heating on the ceiling, we recommend a minimum distance of the heater to the floor of approx. 3 m.
Avoid mounting opposite a window: Since glass is a poor heat retainer, mounting it on the wall opposite a window does not make sense. Avoid mounting above resting places: If the infrared heater is located directly above resting places such as a bed or couch, radiation from the infrared heater on the head is too extreme – so you should ensure there is enough distance here too.

2.3. Fastening the infrared heater

Once you have decided where to mount the infrared heater, you can begin the installation. Ceiling and wall brackets as well as installation instructions are usually included with the heater. In addition, you need

  1. dowel,
  2. Screws and/or rails
  3. and a drill.

After the bracket has been attached, the heater itself can be easily attached by hanging and unhooking it flexibly. If you are installing on the ceiling, you can use a ruler to make sure that the necessary distance from the floor is maintained.

2.4. Connection to a power source

Power connection

You can usually easily connect the infrared heater to the electricity yourself using a socket.

Finally, the infrared heater still needs to be connected. You can simply plug in the cable yourself; alternatively, the cables can often be hidden in the wall or ceiling construction.

Particularly in the bathroom, infrared heating can be a sensible alternative with many advantages compared to other heating methods. The high humidity in this room promotes mold formation, which you can specifically counteract with infrared heating. In addition, ventilation can be carried out without any worries, as escaping room air is not a problem in infrared-heated rooms because it is not heated by the heater in the first place. The combination of furnishings and heating makes innovative solutions such as infrared mirror heating or towel radiators a practical part of your bathroom furnishings.

The installation of these infrared heaters takes into account the points just mentioned and can also be carried out by specialists if there is any uncertainty.

4. Questions and answers about infrared heaters and their installation

Bathroom with infrared heating

Infrared heaters can also be disguised as mirrors in the bathroom, ensuring not only pleasant warmth but also preventing the mirror from fogging up.

4.1. Can you mount the infrared heater on a wooden wall?

Yes, installing the infrared heater on wood is possible and safe. Since infrared heaters only get hot up to 60 °C and there is only a risk of fire above a temperature of around 200 °C, an infrared heater can be safely installed on wooden ceilings or walls.

4.2. Are infrared heaters a more sustainable alternative to traditional heating systems?

Compared to a conventional gas heater, the energy consumption of infrared heaters is up to 2.5 times lower. The energy required to produce infrared heating elements is also lower than with gas heaters. However, these heaters consume electricity, which is only ecological if it is obtained using renewable energy production processes.

4.3. What heating output do infrared heaters require?

In order to calculate the required heating output of an infrared heater, a number of factors must be taken into account. Based on these factors you can Calculate the heating output you need for your premises yourself.

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