Infrared heater

With different designs, sizes and output stages, Vitoplanar infrared heaters meet every heating need. Read more about the benefits, possible applications and different types here.

Use the principle of radiant heat
Suitable for allergy sufferers
Inexpensive purchase price
Virtually maintenance-free

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Vitoplanar infrared heater in the living room

Vitoplanar infrared  heaters

Infrared heaters from Viessmann warm up living spaces in a very pleasant way. This is because they use the principle of radiant heat. They do not heat the ambient air. Instead, the heat is reflected off objects and walls that it comes into contact with. Radiant heat is very similar to the sun's rays and is therefore pleasantly enjoyed by many people.

Infrared heaters are also suitable for allergy sufferers because they do not stir up dust during operation. They ensure that the feet and the head are kept equally warm. These heaters come in many forms and output ranges. They are also cheap to purchase and practically maintenance-free.     

How the Vitoplanar infrared heater works

Infrared rays are electromagnetic waves. They move in a spectral range where light is invisible to the human eye. These rays are absolutely harmless to humans. What is more, they are specifically used for medical and therapeutic applications.

The best known example of this is infrared lamps. These emit heat radiation locally to the body. Depending on the intensity, the infrared radiation penetrates up to several millimetres under the skin and provides relief. Large infrared heaters work differently. They do not distribute the heat selectively, but emit it evenly to the room.

There is not only a difference compared to infrared lamps. An infrared heater also works differently compared to a classic radiator. The thermal energy they generate does not heat the ambient air, for example, but the fixed and movable objects that it meets. These absorb part of the heat, releasing the rest back into the room.

How much heat is absorbed and reflected largely depends on the object. For example, the human body absorbs more heat than a harder object, such as a shelf. This gives off more heat and makes the area that the heat is radiated into feel warmer. When the indoor air passes over bodies or objects which have been heated, it also heats up in the process. This is why infrared heaters are also called heat wave heaters.

An infrared heater can be used as a ceiling heater, a bathroom heater or a classic infrared wall heater in almost any room. Because the heat from a heater of this type does not rise from the bottom to the top, but is radiated from the objects that it meets, no dust is stirred up. Infrared heaters are therefore the ideal solution for allergy sufferers. The air humidity is maintained, which prevents dry mucous membranes.

In addition, infrared heaters prevent the "cold feet, warm head" phenomenon, which is often the case with convection. Convection is the transport of heat via air movements. The warm air always rises and displaces the cooler air mass. The cooler air sinks to the floor, thereby creating a permanent air flow. You will find detailed information on this on the Wall convectors page. Important to know: an infrared heater achieves a lower heating effect in an empty room than in a room with many resonating bodies, i.e. objects that absorb and then radiate the heat.

The benefits of infrared heaters at a glance

Some points in favour of buying an infrared heater have already been stated. There are more benefits worth mentioning, however: for example, infrared heaters reduce moisture on the walls, which minimises the risk of mould growth. They are also inexpensive to purchase and therefore ideal as booster heaters.

Broad range of models for ease of use

One of the major benefits of infrared heaters is that they are extremely flexible, thanks to the wide variety of models. For example, infrared heaters come in different shapes, sizes and output stages. Their design, especially the surface, optimally combines functionality and aesthetics. While infrared ceiling heaters are mainly used in living spaces where radiators on walls tend to be a nuisance, infrared heaters for the bathroom are mainly radiators with a highly polished surface. Known as mirror heaters, these look like conventional mirrors at first glance, yet they heat the room like an electric area heating system. If the towel holder is used (accessories), a towel can also be conveniently placed. The numerous sizes and output stages also allow targeted heat emission. Several small infrared heaters ensure ideal heat distribution in the room.

Cost effective purchase

It is not just their relatively low purchase price that makes infrared heaters so attractive for builders and modernisers. Simple and quick installation as well as practically maintenance-free technology are also arguments in favour of heating with infrared. If an infrared heater is controlled via a thermostat, this guarantees comfortable heat output and economical operation. You can find further benefits as well as tips for cost effective operation in our  Guide to electric heaters.

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