Radiant floor heating for warming floors is certainly something you’ve heard of. However, more businesses are producing cutting-edge infrared wallpaper that can electrically heat a room with even heating and low energy costs.
Leading the drive on electric wallpaper, which employs infrared radiation to transmit heat to particular rooms or an entire house, are two UK-based businesses, helios, and NextGen Heating. Installed in floors, ceilings, or walls and connected to a home’s electrical are thin metal sheets.
The panels from NextGen Heating are only 0.4 mm thick, and helios claims to reduce energy use by 30% to almost 100%. Both items could take the place of ineffective radiators and may heat a room more efficiently than earlier radiant heating systems.
According to Smart Energy International, the helios heating products need to run for roughly 20 minutes every hour to keep a consistent temperature. A switch or a smartphone app can be used to effortlessly turn on or off the products in each area.
The NextGen Heating infrared heating panels are constructed from two parallel copper strips and a layer of graphene, which when driven by electricity releases infrared waves.
Both the film sheets and the infrared heating panels made by helios, according to the business, are totally recyclable. The heating panels can be mounted on solid surfaces and the sheets can be put on floors or ceilings. The two products made by the company use a Positive Temperature Coefficient layer and nanocarbon paste technology as safety measures against overheating.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that wall-mounted radiant heat panels are frequently pricey and are most effective as supplemental heat sources. People may feel the heat most strongly only near their heads and shoulders because the heat is distributed unevenly and normally provides the best warmth the closer you are to the panels.
However, thanks to advancements in radiant heating for walls and ceilings, these systems now have more equal heat distribution and are more reasonably priced.
While air-source heat pumps may be a more cost-effective substitute, Tina Fawcett of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford told the BBC that radiant heating technology may be more environmentally friendly, but it may also be more expensive.
According to the BBC, adding NextGen Heating panels would cost approximately 4,000 ($4,850) for a three-bedroom home, while doing so would cost approximately 8,000 ($9,700). ButiHelios pointed out that whereas infrared heating sheets or panels require little to no maintenance, air-source heat pumps may need annual maintenance costs.
In either case, providing a more environmentally friendly heating option would make it easier for more homes to switch from gas-powered heating systems and advance the UK’s climate goals.