What are energy labels?
Energy labels provide us with details about a product's energy efficiency. It applies to electronic gadgets as well as other consumer electronics like refrigerators and dishwashers.
Products are rated on the label from dark green (the most efficient) to red (the least efficient). The label also includes details about the product, such as the screen size for digital displays and total energy consumption.
For more than 25 years, the labelling system has been in use throughout the UK and Europe. It encourages producers to research and creates more environmentally friendly product lines while assisting customers in making more environmentally responsible decisions. You may use all of this information to compare goods and make an informed decision about which one to buy.
Why did energy labels change in 2021?
The energy labels were initially implemented in 1994, the energy labelling system was then expanded in 2004. It was put in place to help customers in making more energy-efficient product selections, and it has sparked innovation in energy-saving devices.
Since then, technology has advanced significantly. Compared to 20 years ago, modern technology is much more energy-efficient. Thus, change is necessary. Although the intention is to make labelling simpler, there may be some misunderstanding at first.
At first, the rating system went from A (the most efficient) to G (the least efficient). However, when more energy-efficient items were developed (the anticipated outcome), the most efficient band became overcrowded and needed additional bands: A+, A++, and A+++.
A product that was previously rated A+++ will now be rated B under the new system because of the rescaling, which will return the grade to the more simpler A-G range. To increase energy efficiency and help us all reach our sustainability goals, the new band A will now remain unfilled for more energy-efficient products to be produced.
What makes the change so crucial?
To ensure a sustainable future, we must all take action. Choosing items with higher energy efficiency will enable us to use less energy and other natural resources.
The new scale is not only a demotion. Each of the classes now has stricter energy requirements. The product has not been "downgraded," but rather the criteria that was utilised to determine the energy class has undergone significant changes. For electronic displays, since the bulk of premium models will be lowered to the lowest classes, the effect of downgrading is quite significant (F and G).
What does this mean for infrared heaters?
Currently, there are no specific energy labels for Infrared Heaters that we can use to rate our energy efficiency.
How can infrared heaters reduce your energy consumption?
Our infrared heaters at Kiasa convert approximately 98.5% of the electricity used into heat. The infrared heaters then produce infrared rays that flow through the air and bounce off walls, objects and people inside a room.
This directly heats individuals and solid objects inside a room and has no heat loss issues, unlike conventional heating systems. Radiators that rely on boilers use convection to heat the air inside a room. This is inefficient as the heated air rises and escapes the room and this results in having to keep the heating inside your home on for longer. Infrared heaters also provide what feels like instant heating, and with the radiant heat directly targeting objects you can feel the warmth in just a few minutes.
The main benefit of infrared heating is that it can be utilised as a focused heating solution for certain areas or as a whole-house heating system. So instead of having to waste energy heating your whole house, which can be hard with high ceilings or draughty areas, you can just heat rooms that are being occupied with infrared heating.
Unlike a traditional central heating system, infrared heating isn't limited by room type and can adapt to your space, as there are a number of options available to suit your bathroom, bedroom, or living room areas.
Having control over how you heat your home helps you, our customer, cut down on your energy bills.