Heating Solutions and Alternatives for Happy Animals

Heating Solutions and Alternatives for Happy Animals

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In the world of animal care and comfort, making sure to provide the best and optimal heating is important. With it being a crucial part of the wellbeing of our beloved friends, you want to make sure that's it's as good for them as it is good for your wallet. In a world with so many heating options, far infrared heating (FIR) stands out as the most efficient and for effectiveness. This is because there is a diversity of options which can be adapted to the environment, they are staying in. Join us as we go through the different types of IR heating and how it can benefit the lives of our furry and feathered friends. 

Understanding the types of IR Heating 

Heat is lost through radiation and gained back through radiation (such as sitting in the sun or in front of a fire). Infrared heat uses electromagnetic radiation to directly heat up animals which is then absorbed by them, keeping them warm, without heating the air in between. This mimics the natural heat and warmth of sunlight which gently penetrates the skin and fur of animals. 

Near IR Heating 

NIR or near infrared offers the strongest form of infrared heating which reaches high levels of heat within seconds that can cut through the firigid outdoor temperatures. While these heaters can have a higher than usual wattage intake, they combat the kind of cold and wind which make them perfect for barns, pens and kennels. Near infrared heating has a visible glow that as humans, we can see. Anything within this light range will be able to feel the benefit of the heater's warmth. 

Far IR Heating 

Compared to near infrared heating, far infrared heating is invisible to the human eye whereas we see the glow of NIR. Designed to be used indoors, the invisible lightspreads evenly across larger areas like garages or open plan rooms. Because they are low wattage heaters, they have been designed to be used all day and every day as it provides a gentler type of heat. 

Is Infrared Heating Safe? 

Infrared heat is the most common type of heating we know and experience every day when we are exposed to the sun. Infrared heat is used in the saunas we go to, and even used in incubators for newborn babies as it doesn’t run the risk of carbon monoxide leaks and does not have any moving parts. IR heating doesn't just benefit humans, but it also extends to animals too. 

This type of heat has also been used in therapy too – for both humans and animals alike to help prevent inflammations, achy joints and hasten muscle recovery. This aids the healing process faster and pain relief. 

Benefits of IR Heating for Pets 

1. Gentle and comforting warmth 


During the colder months, IR heaters can provide a heat that is very soothing for them, which is very beneficial for pets that are recovering from operations, arthritis or have joint pain. 

2. Even heat distribution 

Compared to convection heating, which can create pockets of cold spots, IR heating evenly heats the space, making the area comfortable and more relaxing. 

3. Energy Efficiency 

Infrared heaters are low powered heaters that create high levels of heat making the most of the amount of electricity used and helping to keep utility costs low. 

4. Aids their sleep 

Every wondered why your pets have a particular or favorite warm spot for a nap? This is because they have receptors in their skin to detect the warmest part of the home – so using a panel would mean that they would remain cozy while also helping them get thebest nap possible. Using a panel or a heater bar will also mean that there will be no distracting glare from the heater. 

Heating Smaller Spaces Indoors 

When they are sitting, sleeping in their beds, we would suggest using portable IR panels and placing them next to their beds. This could be either compact 180w or 350w panels with external controls or built-in controls. The Kiasa SMART 350w has the added feature of controlling it via your phone and 24/7 scheduling as well as adaptive thermostatic control. They come with a fused 3 pin plus and since they are low wattage panels, you can just plug them into a 13amp socket, so there is no need for an electrician or a handyman. 

Using the panel on feet would also mean that you will be able to move it wherever they sleep. Be it in the kitchen, bedroom, utility room, conservatory or next to the crate. 

Heating Larger Spaces Outdoors – Agricultural Spaces. Larger pets such as horses, goats

Having a barn or stables, have their own individual set of problems when it comes to keeping an area as big as that warm. With a lack of insulation, partially exposed and higher than usual ceilings near infrared heaters would be perfect for such areas. 

Because of this technology, the heat radiated through will be more than sufficient to cut through winds and cold temperatures and keep horses and livestock comfortably warm. Overall, during the colder months, IR hearting can offer a safe instant way to keep your furry friends warm. By taking the proper precautions and understanding the advantages of infrared heating, we can create a cozy and comfortable space and environment, while priorities your pet's health. If you need any future advice, please get in touch with us on 0116 488 5150 or email us at customer.support@kiasa.co.uk 

1 comment

Emily Gunning

Emily Gunning

Hi there, do you produce any infrared heating panels for outdoor use? Flat panels without the visible red bars – ie. less hot. I’m looking for something which can sit as close as 15-20cm from a human for example. Thank you.

Hi there, do you produce any infrared heating panels for outdoor use? Flat panels without the visible red bars – ie. less hot. I’m looking for something which can sit as close as 15-20cm from a human for example. Thank you.

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