Why can you save with Sunlife IR panels
Our customers often expressed doubt about possible savings considering the relatively expensive energy products. They often argue that, considering the necessary energy for maintaining the desired temperature in a room, SUNLIFE IR panels must obviously break the laws of physics. We can confirm that the laws of physics still apply for our products, and there are essentially simple answers to such questions, which in turn hide the very complex events that we will try to explain.
Key reasons why we save with IR Sunlife panels:
- IR heating has an almost 100% efficiency, since electricity is almost completely converted into heat in the room where the heating body is located. Consequently, there are no losses through the chimney and pipes. Ventilation losses are reduced because there is less hot air in the room, and the increase in air temperature is faster because heat-accumulating objects heat up faster, which means that the IR panels are active for less time than when using convection heating systems.
- Over time, because of drying walls, the effect of insulation increases. The fact is that damp walls in some cases reduce the effect of insulation by up to 50%.
- Each room is individually controlled so that each space can be heated just as much as necessary, while avoiding condensation problems that occur with a rapid rise in temperature. The system is extremely responsive, which means additional savings in the transition period.
- We feel the real warmth because all objects are warmer by 2 to 4 °C, and we do not have cold walls to drain the heat from our bodies, as heat always moves from warm to cold. There is no need to raise the temperature of the air because of surrounding cold walls. Cold objects, walls and floors are the main reason that winters can be cold despite the fact that the thermostat shows 23 °C, while in the summer it can be pleasant or even slightly warm at 21 °C in the apartment.
Because of the above advantages, we reduce heating costs by up to 60% compared to heating oil, and up to 20% compared to wood pellets.
It is therefore a set of factors that minimise heat losses, as objects and surroundings become a large low-temperature radiator, thereby changing the heat flow, radiation loss of objects, ventilation loss, or the need for additional starting power of the system, and the system is extremely responsive to temperature changes.
COMPARISON WITH HEAT PUMP AND ELECTRICAL CONVECTION RADIATORS
By heating, we want to raise the average temperature to the level that it provides us with adequate living or working conditions. The amount of energy we use depends on several factors. Firstly, there are heat losses of the room; secondly, the efficiency of the heating system, which exceeds only COP or SCOP heating devices. When talking about efficiency, we have to measure heating system operation during practical use, in terms of how much energy units are required to raise room temperature to the desired level. That also depends greatly on system losses, responsiveness and efficiency of energy consumption in the room for a temperature increase, which depends on the type of transmission and the efficiency of the heating body. Let’s take as an example a heat pump with COP 3, which means that it generated 3 units from 1 unit of energy. This device is in the basement and heats a room on the 2nd floor, which has plastered radiators under the window, and the heating takes place during a transitional period – a warm day, a cold night. We can quickly notice that a lot of energy is lost and that losses continue even when the device is inactive, as energy also escapes from the heat storage during the day when it’s warm. If we now look at heating with IR panels, we can see that the story is completely different. All energy is consumed in space, and only when it is needed. Now the question arises whether or not it is not the same if we are heating with electric heating? No, it is not. You can try to warm up your room with a 2 kW iron, electric fan heater or a 2 KW IR panel. The difference is significant and arises due to different modes of heat transfer into the room, and consequently different amounts of energy required to achieve the same temperature. IR heating in circumstances such as those in residential and work areas yields fewer losses than any other electric heating. In IR heating, energy is used extremely efficiently to increase temperatures, under the condition that a correct heating body, correct power and correct position are used. In practice, you save more than 40% in comparison to an efficient electric radiator. When using traditional electric radiators, you will almost certainly have problems with moisture and thermal comfort, as there are too many differences in temperature between the walls and the air. The cost difference is thus quickly recovered, and more. However, if any factor is not fully met, even with IR heating, there are completely different effects or inefficiencies – that’s why we recommend that IR heating is designed by a specialist.
In the end, it is important that the system works, which is confirmed by thousands of satisfied customers. Here you can look at some of the feedback we received from satisfied customers on the savings of IR heating.