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Infrared Heating Vs Storage Heating Case Study - Warmer, Stylish and Cheaper to Run

Dec 15, 2020 2:37:04 PM / by Matthew Billington

IMG_4183-2Fantastic Looking Mirror Infrared Heaters

Infrared Heating Energy Saving Potential

The owners of an apartment on the south coast of England contacted us at Jigsaw and asked us to provide our infrared heating to replace their outdated and low efficient storage heaters.

The process involved us using the measurements of the apartment to equate each room with a required wattage of heater. This is combined with levels of the insulation and weather data.

The clients decided to choose a range of glass heaters to decorate their apartment as they wanted the heaters to become a focal point of the apartment. The heaters were to be controlled by the Heatmiser thermostat range in each of the rooms.

 

Tailored Infrared Installation

Each of the images are taken from recent installations. The above image is an example of the Antares range of glass heaters that we have to offer. These are both 1000w.

To the left, the client decided that he wanted to balance the room with two of our Glass heaters at a high level. Both of these heaters are available in a range of colours and wattages. They also can be combined with a number of options of thermostats to enable you to adjust the temperature of the room from the comfort of your sofa.

We tailor each installation to your room. We will advise you during the quotation what your requirement will be. Click here to see our calculator for working out your own initial requirements.

The whole heating system was replaced by the owner with support from Jigsaw staff. This included two 400w Atlas glass heaters in white, Below, for the hallway, two 1000w Antares Mirrors for the living room, one white 1000w Sirius glass heater for the master bedroom and kitchen, and a 400w white Sirius heater for the bathroom and toilet.

EDB2E71D-AB23-4EE3-B938-9B88BBB30CC0_1_105_c-1-1Two Atlas 400w Infrared Heaters in situ

 

Customer Feedback

The clients have given us feedback to say that they leave the rooms on lower temperature when they are not using them, around 18º. When they are using the living room, for example, they set the temperature to 20-21º. This gives them the perfect warm room for sitting comfortably on a winters evening and relaxing. They have noted a significant reduction on their energy bills and also an increase in comfort.

 

Energy Saving Results

Our client recently contacted us with some information on how the heating system was performing. We were taken aback on how much of a difference the heating system made when comparing it to their neighbours electric heating system. The neighbours apartments are in the same block, same construction and similar footprint.

Steve notes "several of the apartment owners have shown interest in the heating system and were shocked when I told them how much my electric bill was compared to theirs - £76 per month compared to a range of £169 to £302!!! Over the winter period." 

 

The differences in bills can be equated to a number of reasons:

  1. Infrared heating does not heat the rooms in the same way. The IR heaters aim to heat the fabric of the building and the people in the room first.
  2. The heating response time is very quick, within five minutes for some of our equipment.
  3. With IR heat it is possible to feel warm in a room at lower temperatures. Usually around 19º instead of 21º.
  4. Infrared heating is also subject to lower heat loss as the fabric of the building stores the infrared energy releasing it evenly. Convection heat circulates and is lost when doors and windows are opened. A convection heating system also requires higher wattages to produce the same levels of comfort.

So, not only does the heating look so much more stylish, it also stays warming for longer, feels better and healthier, is controllable in each room and it costs less to run. That's WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN.

 

Provable Savings

Luckily for us, the clients were so interested to see the savings that they decided to compare their new Infrared heating system with their neighbours storage heating in real time with OWL energy monitoring devices. The results were pretty clear.

The graphics below show the usage over the last 30 days.

        Storage heaters - £169.81 and 369.02kg of CO2

        Infrared Heaters - £76.35 and 238.02kg of CO2

That is a saving of £93.46 and 131kg of CO2 IN ONE MONTH!!!

 

Storage Heaters Energy Usage

Storage Heating Running Cost - 1 month

 

Infrared Heating Energy Usage

Infrared Heating Running Cost - 1 month

 

It is possible for the OWL system to show you a month and daily overview of how the heating is performing. The graphs for the homes show a similar trend for heating demand over the 30 days. But, the figures show how much more energy was required to warm this apartment. The peak of the Infrared system was 138kWh for the week. In comparison, the Storage heaters were 238kWh for the same week!

Monthly IR Usage

Infrared Heating Usage Graph - 1 month

 

Monthly Storage Heater Usage

Storage Heating Usage Graph - 1 month

 

Update December 2020

The other homeowners with the storage heaters have now just purchased an apartment full of Aluminium panels to replace their storage heaters. Not only were the storage heaters costing a lot to run they were also still cold when they were on. It is estimated that by replacing the storage heaters they could pay for themselves within 3 years.

 

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Matthew Billington

Written by Matthew Billington

My role at Jigsaw is product development, overall management the business and building relationships with likeminded companies. We specialise in sales and installation of Infrared Heating Panels. Our products are up to 60% more efficient that some heating options. We are working with our manufacturers to produce and install the most efficient panels and to improve our customers heating efficiency. By doing this, we can save them money and give them a healthier life in their homes and workspaces. When safety is concerned all of our panels are fully tested to comply with EN safety. My aim is to help customers improve their home efficiency with Smart devices, with links with our partnered solar panel installers to reduce customers electricity bills and reduce their carbon footprints.

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