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The most aestetic heating of all - Infrared heating panels Ekosen

We have equipped thousands of buildings with SUNLIFE infrared heating panels. Some users approached us with additional questions before opting for infrared heating with EKOSEN panels. The most common are published below.

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  • Because we save up to 65 % of heating costs with infrared heating.
  • Infrared panels are affordable, the investment can be made in stages (equip the bathroom today, living room tomorrow …).
  • Infrared heating prolongs the life of the building and prevents the formation of mold and moisture.
  • Due to the warmer surfaces of objects, it gives a more natural feeling of warmth.
  • It evenly distributes heat between the floor and the ceiling and gives a feeling of underfloor heating.
  • Infrared heating panels have no moving parts and therefore have more than 3 times longer service life than other heating systems.
  • They are an ecological product, as very little energy is used in production and recycling compared to conventional central heating systems.
  • Management is simple. No maintenance. No need for boiler room, chimney
  • Easy installation does not require major inteinteraction into the building. The beautiful shape of the panels blends in with the space.
  • Electricity is (in the long run) affordable, as it can be obtained from a variety of sources.
  • When there is a power outage, the temperature in the room drops very slowly.
  • The temperature of each room can be adjusted individually.
  • It saves time and worries. Ideal heating for all generations.

The term heating source is understood by each individual as something else: heating device (convectors, radiators, hot air blowers, air conditioners), type of heating (central, local), energy source (gas, solid fuels, electricity …) or energy transfer method (convection, conduction, radiation). What about the notion of “actually consumed energy” and “theoretically consumed energy”? The answer to the question depends on the definition and we will give an explanation for everything.

We start from the basics of physical laws. To change the temperature of any substance, we need to change the amount of heat of that substance. If we supply a substance with a certain amount of heat, the change in temperature depends on the properties of the substance and the amount of heat. So the source of heat received by the substance is not important, as the change in T will always be the same. However, if we ask ourselves about the temperature in the room, the matter is much more complex, especially about the influence of the source on the amount of energy transferred to this room. When we add the impact on temperature rise and measurement locations, especially if we add the variable of a person telling us when he is warm, no matter what the thermostat shows, the matter is all the more complex.

So does the amount of energy needed to rise to a certain temperature of the same substance change? The answer is no. Does the actual energy consumption change if we change the source of energy supply to the room where the thermostat turns off the heating? Of course.

The relationship between the bodies receiving heat and the place where we measure the temperature that will turn off the heating source must be taken into account. Take, for example, a 100 kg ball that is heated from the inside or from the outside. The ball is in a room where we want to have a temperature of 21 ° C. The thermostat switches off the heating when the air is 21 ° C. Now we place in this room first infrared radiation that heats the surface of the sphere and the room and then we place a heating body in the middle of the ball. We measure energy consumption and observe events throughout the normal year. It is quickly clear that a system with a heating body in the middle of the ball will consume much more energy and that the room will often overheat and that temperature control will be quite difficult, as the heater must first heat the entire mass of the ball and only then start heating up the room, which will be often overheated. In the first case, a room with the ball’s surface will quickly be just enough warm. There is also no need to heat the whole ball, but only the surface, as this will keep us equally warm. When heating, it is only important that the surfaces have a temperature where the heat flow is ideal for us, i.e. at an average temperature of 21 ° C, which includes everything around us, both air and objects. Therefore, in winter the air must be hotter during normal heating so that we do not get cold, and in summer we can already feel the heat at 21 ° C if the walls are warmer. So the heat needs of the room did not change, we just changed the way we supply energy and with that everything changed. This is, of course, a strongly caricatured example, which only shows that we must always take into account the actual situation and not just the calculated heat losses and then compensate for them in any way.

Similar differences, although smaller, occur when comparing infrared-heating and basic convection heating. Let’s ask ourselves what hot air heats and how much the air temperature affects ventilation and other heat losses and what heats the infrared-panel and how much ventilation and heat losses there are. We immediately see big differences. A different mass, a different amount of mass, different temperatures in different parts of the room and finally a different energy consumption at the same thermostat that turns off the heating at the same temperature. Even if we attach the panel to the ceiling or wall, measurable differences in energy consumption occur.

Take a 2 kW iron and lean it against the outside wall in the middle of winter or a 2 kW radiator or infrared panel. Will it be just as warm? infrared panels also heat rooms differently, depending on whether they are on the wall or on the ceiling. Why? Why don’t high-temperature infrared-heaters heat the same rooms as efficiently as low-temperature ones? So the mode of energy transfer counts at actual consumption.

What about energy sources? If we ask ourselves whether there are differences with the same heating system and the same energy efficiency, of course there are none. But if we change only the location of the heater in this system, there will be changes in energy consumption. In fact, there are always differences in the energy efficiency of the energy source itself. Take dry and wet firewood and the matter will be clear. So we can’t even compare the same energy sources. What about the furnace and the location of the furnace? Does it matter if the furnace is located in a building or 500 m away? Does it matter where the pipes are routed? A heat pump can be a more expensive solution than oil if it is located 500 m from a heated building.

Local or central heating? Central heating is a very wasteful solution, especially in transition periods due to system losses and unresponsiveness. The impact also depends on lifestyle. Again, there is no comparison.

So, in theory, we always need the same energy to raise the same substance by the same temperature. But with how we do it and where we put the energy, how else do we influence how much energy we actually use to raise the temperature in the room. In practice, it is not possible to compare the same energy sources, let alone different heating systems in terms of energy consumption. This is also evidenced by the fact that users of infrared-heating use on average 60% less energy than central systems and about 30% less than local electrical systems, if we compare thermal comfort, the differences are even greater.

Yes. infrared heating is almost always the most economical heating, the savings can be tremendous. If you currently heat with electricity from ordinary radiators, oil or liquefied gas, have an old natural gas or wood stove, and you do not use all the living space, then you will be able to halve your annual heating bill, demonstratable user savings are up to 70% of previous spending for heating. If you buy a new apartment or house, your savings can be even higher, as you can save 70% of your heating investment and all maintenance costs of other systems. All this is a calculable fact if we look at the total cost of heating systems, which includes maintenance, consumption, service life and investment.

We often ask ourselves whether this is misleading customers, as kilowatts of electricity are more expensive than kilowatts of other energy sources, but different heat transfer results in completely different heat transfer dynamics and lower losses and thus less turning on of the infrared-heater. This is a fact that is reflected in all users around the world. Scientific studies have also been carried out to prove the greater efficiency of infrared-heating in compensating for heat loss. It is impossible to briefly describe all the reasons, because it is a complex event, but we can summarize the key causes:

  • Electricity is almost 100% converted into heat that heats the room. As a result, there are no losses through the chimney and pipes.
  • Ventilation causes less losses, as more heat is stored in objects than in the air, so this energy is lost more slowly when the rooms are ventilated.
  • Due to the location, the system is extremely responsive, which is especially noticeable during the transition period or occasional use of the premises.
  • Greater insulation effect due to drying of the walls. In fact, damp walls in some cases reduce the insulation effect by up to 50%.
  • Each room is individually controlled and we use only as much energy in each as we need, so no losses.

Undoubtedly heating with Ekosen infrared heating system reduces the amount of dust and microorganisms in the air due to less air circulation, which is naturally present in ordinary radiators (with conventional convection heating). The positive effects are therefore often reflected in the reduction of allergies and respiratory diseases and in the improvement of well-being. Professional studies also show positive effects of infrared heat on cell function.

Otherwise, everything around you and also you emit infrared heat in the same form. Rub your palms and bring them closer, this is the infrared heat equal to the heat emitted by SUNLIFE heating panels. According to the scientific literature, the effects on cells that receive infrared heat are extremely positive, and there are also officially recognized and used therapies with infrared heat. infrared heating is also used in baby incubators.

On our website there are links to sources on infrared heat and effects on the body. The official international body for protection against non-ionizing radiation says that long-wave heat waves do not pose any practical concerns about the impact on health.

Measurements were also performed at the INIS Institute for Non-Ionizing Radiation. As an independent and non-governmental organization, the INIS Institute is registered for research and development in the interdisciplinary field of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation. Within INIS, there is a group that is qualified for the most demanding research and development tasks in the field of technical, administrative, legal and health control of non-ionizing radiation.

From professional scientific studies and official opinions, everyone can understand that these are mostly positive effects, which we consciously do not emphasize, because we sell mainly economical and efficient heating, and leave treatment and possible therapies to medicine.

Yes. Of course. We can say with certainty that with infrared heating we achieve more favorable temperatures in the room and use less energy than with the convection heating mode. Most believe that the feeling of warmth depends on the heat of the air, which is wrong, as thermal comfort depends on a number of factors, among which the average ambient temperature and the presence of wind are crucial. Example: Skiers and mountain climbers do not freeze even when surrounded by cold and cold air. The reason for this is that they are wrapped in thermal infrared waves emitted directly from the sun (solar heat) and an environment that is able to effectively reflect these rays (snow, stone, earth …). We can say with certainty that with infrared heating we can create complete thermal comfort, i.e. the correct temperature of the air and the environment, regardless of the complexity of the situation.

No, not at all. It is by no means cold under the table, as infrared heat is reflected from all objects and indirectly heats the whole space, which is also confirmed by all users of infrared heating. We know that it is cold under the table in the convection heating mode, as the warm air rises towards the ceiling and stays cold on the floor. In infrared heating, the heat is evenly distributed throughout the room. Just under the heating panel it is a bit warmer.

There are several types and manufacturers of infrared-heaters. Among them, there are design, technological and quality differences from which differences in life expectancy, safety, purpose of use and efficiency of products arise. Vendors often cite exotic innovations, which are usually only theoretical improvements to already known solutions, while neglecting the basics: lifespan, experiences and appearance. SUNLIFE infrared heating panels were created in collaboration with the world’s leading manufacturers of infrared heating panels. SUNLIFE infrared panels have the longest warranty in Europe and a number of recommendations from satisfied customers. To sum up – the unique infrared Sun regulator makes the heating system more comfortable and accurate, SUNLIFE infrared-panels and proven electrician installers make the EKOSEN infrared heating system complete.

Dehydrated air causes dust to rise, and the heat is unevenly distributed in the room (heat under the ceiling) … Most heating systems operate on the principle of air circulation. Heated air rises and cooled air descends, resulting in natural air circulation. In a room heated in this way, the air temperature is higher, the loss of humidity is greater and, in addition, dust rises.

All this can lead to a dry and polluted atmosphere in the room, which has negative consequences for our health and well-being. Due to the thermal differences between the floor and the ceiling, sometimes up to 10 ° C, many people have a constant feeling of cold feet.

An inappropriate way to mitigate the negative consequences is to use a fan. Not only does it increase dust uplift and loss of air humidity, the high temperature of the device can partially turn ordinary household dust into soot, which it then distributes around the room.

In practice, this is not necessarily always the case, so it is necessary to see a specialist in infrared heating, who advises the ideal installation of infrared-panels. The distance between the opposite walls is usually longer than 3 m, the distance between the ceiling and the floor is about 2.5 m, the outer walls often have a higher heat flux than the floor, so infrared heat accumulates on the floor with less loss. Even if the panel is on the ceiling, it does not mean that all the energy goes to the floor. Heat is sprayed all over the room in the same way as light when the light is on. It is absorbed by objects and walls so that the temperature is as even as possible. In the end, the whole room acts as a low-temperature radiator.

In certain cases, wall installation of panels is more economical. The infrared panel is mounted on the walls mainly on the staircase, hallway or as an accessory in the living room. If the infrared panels are mounted on the walls, the heating costs may be higher, but there may be no noticeable differences if the appropriate layout is chosen. Therefore, it is a good idea to consult an infrared heating specialist before deciding.

Of course we perform the assembly. The standards we have set for ourselves at Ekosen ensure quality services in all phases of doing business. The references that the company Ekosen has in Slovenia are currently far ahead of the rest of the competition. The EKOSEN company provides a comprehensive service, from professional advice to sales and quality installation throughout Slovenia. Installation is performed by professionally trained electricians and installers, with the best tools and installation materials. This avoids unnecessary stress during the execution and duration of the installation. Our installers leave behind a tidy environment and in original condition of the building (they also perform puttying). The warranty for the best infrared-panels of the Ekosen heating system is valid for up to 15 years.

No. The solution can be an OGB SMART water heater from Gorenje, which is very economical and has good insulation. For a family of four, an 80 l, 100 l or 120 l water heater is enough. You get the most for a low investment. From practice, the spending for a family of four is only between 8 and 10 EUR per month.

With the Ekosen infrared-heating system, no additional space is required, as the panels are mounted on the ceiling or wall. Both space for the boiler room and the fuel oil tank are not required. You also don’t need a piping, radiator and chimney system.

Because they complement each other perfectly. THERMOSUN is a special thermo-ceramic coating (paint), which ranks at the very top of the range in terms of quality. It is made in order to help make additional use of natural infrared heat and therefore achieves even better results in infrared heating and vice versa. Thermal comfort is significantly improved with the help of paint and that unpleasant feeling of cold walls becomes a thing of the past, the temperature on the thermostat no longer needs to be raised and thus heating costs are immediately lower.

Simple. Contact us, where you will make an appointment with an infrared heating specialist or our colleagues will give you basic information. To make an offer, you can also book an appointment in our showrooms in Mengeš (near Ljubljana) or Miklavž na Dravskem polje (near Maribor) or in Koper and in Croatia in Zagreb. After seeing the panels and deciding to purchase, we will arrange for an installation.

The warranty depends on the product. We have a 15-year warranty for our best infrared heating panels.

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