Infrared heating products consume from 0.29 to 0.8 kW/h electrical power, depending on the panel size. In comparison we have a list of other common use heating systems electricity consumption:
Electrical fireplaces - 2.0 kW/h on average; Oil heaters - 1.5 kW/h on average; Convection heaters - 1.0 kW/h on average; Fan heaters - 2.0 kW/h on average; Floor halogen heaters - 1.5 kW/h on average.
CASE STUDY OF INFRARED HEATING PANEL COSTS
Infrared heating panels and a bathroom dryer were mounted in the flat, which plan is presented below. They were connected to separate electricity meters in order to measure the amount of electric energy consumed by electrically powered devices. Outdoor temperature fluctuated from +2℃ to - 5℃ during the month of the experiment. +20℃ temperature was maintained in the room at all times. The capacity of the heaters was 2.99 kW.
1. Bathroom 2. Bedroom 3. Living Room 4. Kitchen
8m2 14.5m2 17.7m2 10m2
Bathroom Dryer SR 4 Panel x 2 + Thermostat SR 5 Panel x 2 + Thermostat SR 5 Panel
380W 870W 1156W 578W
Total flat area:
Total panel power:
- The heaters operated 4 h/day on an average within the month of the experiment; - Electricity consumption per day = 4 h/day x 2.99 kWh = 11.96 kWh per day; - Electricity cost per day = 1 kWh = £0.10*; 11.96 kWh x £0.10* = £1.20 per day; - Electricity cost per month = £1.20 x 30 day = £36.00 per month
*1 kw/h = £0.10 average cost whith "Economy 7" tariff.
In addition, heating settings may be changed to a lower temperature at night, this way saving even more on electricity bills.