Types of Heating Panels You Can Install at Home

Knowing all types of heating panels is important before installing a new one. Heating panel is a favorite choice for heating a house as it is lightweight, silent and energy-efficient. Radiant heating panel is also better than traditional furnace as it doesn’t use airflow as a medium for transmitting heat. Its use of electromagnetic thermal radiation makes it suitable not only for indoor use, but for outdoor use as well.

There are various types of heating panels that can be installed at home depending on how they operate and how they are installed. Knowing the characteristics of those panels helps you determine which panel is the best for your home.

How Does Heating Panel Work?

Heating panel heats a room by radiating the heat that it generates. Its operating mechanism is quite similar to that of sun. Sun provides warmth to you even if the air around you is cold. Heating panel works the same. It doesn’t transmit heat using airflow, but by radiating it.

Traditional heating systems, such as furnace, work by heating the air and letting the warm air flow throughout the room. Although this mechanism allows the room to be heated quickly, the air may carry particles that can be harmful to the occupants. Radiant heating panel heats the room more slowly, usually using infrared ray, but because it doesn’t use airflow, it is completely harmless.

Different Types of Heating Panel

The types of heating panels can be distinguished according to the amount of heat they produce, how they are used and how they are installed. An infrared heating panel can be categorized as IRA, IRB and IRC depending on how hot it is.

IRA or near infrared produces about 1300°C of heat and it is usually used for cooking and industrial uses. IRB or medium infrared emits between 500 and 800°C of heat and is good for industrial drying. The panel that is commonly used to provide comfortable heat is IRC or far infrared, which emits about 100°C of heat.

Heating panel doesn’t use airflow as a medium and the panel is relatively thin and lightweight, so it can be installed almost everywhere. In indoor areas, it can be installed on ceiling or wall. A heating panel may be installed permanently using permanent wall/ceiling mount or temporarily using specifically designed mount.

It can also be installed outdoors, where traditional heating system is mostly useless. No matter where the panel is installed, it can emit heat and warm to its surrounding in a similar way.

Is Heating Panel Similar to Hydronic System?

Heating panel is not the same with hydronic system. Although both systems operate on a similar principle to heat the room, i.e. by using radiation instead of convection, hydronic system is much bulkier. Hydronic system requires complicated components that have to be installed permanently under the floor or wall.

All types of heating panels are simpler and easier to install and they will help decorate the heated room due to their minimalistic and modern design.