Positioning of infrared panels becomes simple when you understand how infrared heating works. Kiasa panels radiate far infrared heat through the air and are absorbed and bounced off the objects within the room and then radiated back. In the long run, installing the heater in the right place and where it is most suited for your needs will be extremely beneficial, and this will help keep things very simple in the future.
Deciding this will cause you to think of your daily routine and whereabouts as well as your general lifestyle. Which room do you spend the most time in? What is the ideal or perfect temperature? For example, you might spend more time in the living room relaxing in the evening so you would want it cosier. The best place to install your heater then would be the centre of the room if it is installed on the ceiling, or in front of you if it is wall mounted. Installing it behind you or even directly above where you are sitting could mean that you might get too warm too quickly, making it uncomfortable.
There are 3 ways to utilize your far infrared heater best:
- Ceiling Mounted – Great space saver
- Wall Mounted – Best if you have purchased a picture/custom panel
- Free Standing – On the floor and therefore portable
Room sizes, shapes and corners can be a little bit of an issue as well as oversized furniture when it comes to heating your room as efficiently and effectively as possible. Traditional heaters are installed at the bottom and/or below eye level as it uses gas and hot air to regulate the temperature within the room. But, unfortunately, hot air rises, making the air towards the ceiling warmer, giving colder temperatures where you are.
The question you would need to ask yourself is ‘where will the heater be most exposed to the elements within the room?’ Positioned in the best place possible, it can take an Infrared panel 15 – 20 minutes to heat a room, however, this would depend on the heater wattage size in relation to the room size as well as the level of insulation. But there is no need to worry. We can help you with that!
Out of Sight, Out of Mind To maximize your infrared heater, ceiling mounting them is the way forward. Having them installed on the ceiling means that they are exposed to as many elements within the room as possible, giving it the chance to spread the heat without any getting in its way. Having the heater pointing down towards the floors will ensure that the walls, furniture, humans and pets will absorb the heat that is being emitted. No obstruction of furniture means that the heat produced will be maximized, while the heat loss will be minimized.
Having them mounted up high also means that you’ll have the item completely out of harm's way – So no accidental touches to grazes if you have younger children. Positioning them is of great importance of course, especially if you have spotlights or one main light fixture in the centre of the room as it could mean that having two smaller panels affixed to the ceiling could be the best possible option for you. The biggest advantage of this is that it would give you better climate control. On a day when it is not as cold, you can have only one switched on, but if you ever needed an extra boost of heat, you could switch the other panel on. Kiasa only recommends having our classic white panels as ceiling mounted. Glass and mirror panels are only for wall mounting.
Hiding in Plain Sight The most significant advantage to having them wall-mounted is that unless it is hard-wiring them directly to the main socket, you can install them on the wall yourself. All you need to access is a 13Amp socket as they can plug in directly so there is no need for an electrician. Positioning them up high on the wall will get the space warm more quickly. Installing them where your conventional radiators used to go (below eye level), increases the chances of furniture blockage, which limits the exposure of rays from the panel resulting in limited.
Move the Heater With you Turning an infrared heater into a portable one is super easy! All you need is our portable feet. However, the feet shape and styles can vary depending on the size of the panel. Using it as a personal heater would mean that you would need to place it in front of you. Having the heater as a freestanding option means that you can heat individual rooms by taking the heater around with you wherever you go. If you are to use it at a desk while you are working, this would be one of the best positions. You can have it sitting on your desk if you are worried about cold feet, there's no need to worry about that. Install the panel directly underneath your desk.
Even if you have them installed on the wall, ceiling or as a personal heater, the infrared panels are lightweight and portable. They are ideal for moving from place to place. And when and if you move into a new home – you can take them with you!
Please note: All our calculations aim to heat the entire room. We aim to make sure that you have the right heater for you with the correct wattage for that room size. The suggestions above are there to help disperse the heat around the room better, so there is a quicker heat-up period.
The images above are for illustrative purposes and do not consider the difference between the wattages and panel types. Rooms within a household come in all shapes and sizes and this should be always considered before you purchase a heater.
If you are thinking about installing infrared panels, please do not hesitate to contact our helpful and friendly sales team. It doesn’t matter if you are installing a full-house system, extension, or even a commercial property, our team will be on hand to provide you with the most suitable guidance and expert help for your project.