Infrared heaters are becoming increasingly popular for home heating due to their energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness. However, to get the best performance out of your infrared heater, it is important to use it correctly.
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your infrared heater:
1. Choose the right size heater
The size of the heater you choose will depend on the size of the room you want to heat. It is important to choose the right size to ensure that your heater can effectively heat space without wasting energy. Most infrared heaters come with a guide that can help you determine the appropriate size for your room.
2. Choose the right location
The location of your infrared heater is also important for optimal performance. It is best to place the heater in a central location in the room to ensure that the heat is distributed evenly. Avoid placing the heater near doors or windows as this can cause heat loss. High up on the wall or mounted directly on to the ceiling will be the best place for unhindered heat.
3. Keep the room well-insulated
To get the best performance from your infrared heater, it's important to keep the room well-insulated. This will help to reduce heat loss and ensure that the room stays warm for longer. Make sure that windows and doors are properly sealed and consider using curtains or blinds to help retain heat.
4. Use a timer
Infrared heaters are designed to provide heat quickly and efficiently. However, using a timer can help to ensure that you do not waste energy by running the heater when it’s not needed. Set the timer to turn on the heater a few minutes before you plan to use the room and turn it off when you leave.
5. Clean any dust
Since there aren’t many moveable parts to Infrared heaters, they require little to no maintenance. All you need to do is clean it every now and again to prevent any dust layering up on the heater.
6. Use the heater as a main or a supplementary source of heat
Infrared heaters are very versatile and can be used in every single room within your house, including bathrooms since they all come with an IP65 rating. They can also be used as a heating source such as underfloor heating and heat pumps.
7. Consider the cost
Infrared heaters are generally more cost-effective than traditional heaters, but it's still important to consider the cost of running the heater. Check the manufacturer's instructions to find out how much energy the heater uses and consider using a timer to reduce energy usage.
8. Keep children and pets away
Infrared heaters can get hot to the touch, so it’s important to keep children and pets away from the heater to prevent burns or other injuries.
9. Don't leave the heater unattended
It’s important to never leave the heater unattended, especially if you have children or pets in the home. Turn off the heater when you leave the room or the house to ensure that it’s not a fire hazard.
10. Maintain a safe distance
Infrared heaters can reach high temperatures so, to avoid the risk of burns, it’s important to maintain a safe distance between you and the source of heat. Most infrared heaters come with a recommended distance as well as the height of installation (usually around 1.8m). Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure safe operation.
In conclusion, infrared heaters are an excellent way to supplement your existing heating system and save money on your energy bills. By choosing the right size heater, location, and by using a timer, you can ensure that your infrared heater is working at its best. Keeping the room well-insulated and using a fan can also help to improve the performance of your heater. Remember to keep children and pets away from the heater, and never leave it unattended.
By following these additional tips, you can maximise the performance of your Kiasa infrared heater and enjoy comfortable, energy-efficient heating in your home.