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Flexel Infrared Heaters

What is Far Infrared Heating?

Infrared Heaters utilising far infrared heating is the most natural form of heating as it is a wavelength of our own Sun’s rays. It is also a highly efficient method of heating. Infrared heats the occupants and objects in the building rather than waste energy heating the air. As an example, consider being in the Sun on a cold winter’s day. You can feel the warmth of the Sun before the air is warm.

The feeling of warmth is almost instantaneous - you can feel it as soon as the Sun emerges from behind a cloud. This natural form of heat transfer provides the healthiest and most efficient way to heat people. Any home or business can benefit from infrared heaters as a cost-effective, efficient heating source. The range of options available means they will also enhance the appearance of any premises.

Why choose Flexel Infrared Heaters?

Flexel International have been designing and manufacturing innovative electric infrared heating systems since 1978. Our range of infrared heaters are suitable for both domestic and commercial applications. Our unique carbon impregnated glass cloth element provides excellent thermal efficiency and long life.

The core of our heating technology is in the carbon loaded resin used in the manufacture of our heating element. Continuous research and development have resulted in a thin-film heating element with a proven history of performance and longevity. Carbon heating element provides even heat distribution, damage toleration and a thermal efficiency significantly higher than cable or wire based products.

As part of the Fenix Group of companies, with production facilities in the UK and throughout Europe, we are one of the world’s largest specialist manufacturers of infrared heating products.

Infrared vs Convection Heating:

Traditional central heating systems work by air passing over warm water radiators. This creates warm air currents, as warm air rises and cold air falls due to differences in their density. This creates a temperature differential in the room, with the ceiling space being heated first. By contrast, infrared heat is the most efficient form of heat distribution available.

The people and fabric in the room are heated first and then gently warm the surrounding air. This means the air temperature can be lowered while maintaining comfort levels, resulting in a reduction in energy bills. Infrared heating does not cause air circulation, meaning there are no drafts created. Dust is not circulated in the room, which makes the environment easier to clean and more comfortable for allergy sufferers.

Designed for Living:

Infrared heating systems, in the form of wall or ceiling mounting panels, will become an elegant and decorative part of any home’s furniture.

  • Minimal air movement minimises dust circulation
  • Hygenic and discrete
  • Energy efficient and cost effective
  • No moving parts means no maintenance
  • Simple installation process
  • Available in a wide range of sizes and colours

Carbon Heating:

Carbon heating elements from Flexel are durable and efficient - the heart of many of our infrared heating systems.

  • Durable: Unlike wire based heating elements carbon elements
    do not fail due to small local failures.
  • Uniform heat distribution
  • Highly efficient: over 99% of electrical energy is converted to heat
  • Keeps the same efficiency at any temperature

Electricity - The Fuel Of The Future:

Electric power is the future for heating. Dwindling supplies of North Sea gas, the uncertainty of imported gas supplies, the volatility of oil prices and the commitment to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint all point towards electricity as the fuel of the future. The country is moving towards a low carbon future, with electricity to be generated by nuclear power and sustainable sources.

Electric heating is 100% efficient and carbon neutral at the point of use. Electric heating systems are compatible with microgeneration technologies. As more low carbon and renewable sources become available, we will increasingly see electric heating favoured over gas.

Infrared Heaters - FAQs

Underfloor heating systems utilise radiant heat. This far infrared heating system heats objects in the room. This is opposed to traditional central heating systems, which heat the air.
Categories: FAQs, Underfloor Heating
 radiant heat example

Radiant heat is a unique transfer of energy that naturally searches out colder objects to warm. Radiant heating systems can be installed in the floor (underfloor heating) or ceiling and use this system to heat the room. 

Instead of heating the air, radiant floor heating systems heat the surface of objects or people in the room. These surfaces then gently warm the surrounding air creating a natural warmth with minimal temperature variation in different points in the room.

Traditional central heating systems work by heating water in the radiator. This then heats the air which creates air currents as warm air rises and cold air falls due to differences in their density. This creates a temperature differential in the room with the ceiling space being heated first. This can create a stuffy environment and can result in an uncomfortable feeling of “hot head / cold feet”.

Radiant heat is the most efficient form of heat distribution available. The objects in the room are heated first and they then gently warm the surrounding air. This means that the air temperatures can be lowered in the room whilst still maintaining comfort levels, resulting in a reduction in heating bills.

As the air does not circulate there are no draughts created. Dust is not circulated in the room which brings higher comfort levels, especially for allergy sufferers. There is more even vertical heat distribution throughout the room which is far closer to the ideal distribution. 

Radiant Heat Comparison
Categories: FAQs, Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating systems can be installed under almost any surface. The systems are also completely invisible and quiet in operation. Conventional warm water radiators do not contribute to the aesthetics of a room and can reduce room space. Installing a radiant floor or ceiling heating system allows more flexibility in creating the perfect living environment.

Categories: FAQs, Underfloor Heating

Installing Ecomax insulation boards is highly recommended when fitting Flexel International cable mats or loose heating cable. The insulation boards will dramatically cut warm up times. This will mean less energy is used heating the floor. As a result, your bills will be lower.

While it is highly recommended that you install insulation boards under cable mats or loose cable, it is not necessary if you cannot build the floor up.

However, if you are installing EcoFilm heating element, it is vital that you use the EcoMax-Lite insulation. This will protect the element from any moisture in the sub-floor, which can cause nuisance tripping of the RCD. The insulation also provides excellent sound insulation, which is vital when using a laminate floor covering.

Whatever underfloor heating system you use, it is sensible to invest in proper insulation. This will keep your system running efficiently and save you money over the life of the system.

Underfloor HeatingHeat Up Time
Timber sub-floor with 10mm Ecomax insulation0.5 hours
Concrete sub-floor with 10mm Ecomax insulation 1 hour
Concrete Sub-floor with insulation below the concrete slab 2-5 hours
Un-insulated concrete3-8+ hours

Categories: FAQs, Underfloor Heating

There are many benefits of electric underfloor heating compared to traditional central heating systems. Flexel underfloor heating systems utilise radiant heat. This uses infrared energy to heat the people and objects in the room. This means that the overall temperature can be lowered will still maintaining a comfortable environment.

Traditional radiators heat the air in the room. This causes air circulation, as the changes in density cause hot air to rise and cold air to fall. As well as causing temperature differentials in the room (it will be hotter nearer the ceiling compared to the floor), the circulating air can also move dust and other allergens around the room.

This has obvious implications to sufferers of asthma and similar conditions. Radiant underfloor heating does not cause air circulation, which means allergens are not spread around the room. Other benefits include:

  • • Luxury of a heated floor, especially in winter
  • • Keeps wall space free from radiators
  • • Low surface temperature (typically 27-30°C, compared to 65-80°C for a conventional radiator system)
  • • Reduced temperature differences and reduced dust circulation.
Categories: FAQs, Underfloor Heating

Electric underfloor heating from Flexel International can cost as little as 5p per square meter,

This is based on running the system for 7 hours a day. While exact costs will depend on your own individual tariff, insulation is a much bigger influence on the running costs of underfloor heating. The better insulated the floor, the quicker the warm up times will be and then less energy will be used. Ecomax insulation boards will dramatically reduce warm up times, saving you money every time you use your underfloor heating system.

Some customers may consider not using insulation boards as they are concerned about the floor build up. However, using 6mm insulation boards, along with our ultrathin cable mats should only result in a total build-up of 10mm.

That is not a lot, when you consider the savings you will make in running costs. Running costs can also be affected by the heat losses in the room. Areas with high heat losses, such as conservatories can see higher running costs.

In this case, you may want to consider installing our 200W/m2 EcoFloor cable mat. The higher power output means your underfloor heating system will reach temperature quicker, to compensate for the heat losses. Many people still view electric underfloor heating as an expensive option. However, the installation and running costs provide excellent value for money.

Categories: FAQs, Underfloor Heating

Compared to traditional radiators, radiant heating panels are highly efficient – which leads to lower running costs.

Traditional convection radiators work by heating the air around them. The air circulates around the room, eventually heating the people and objects in the room. However, heating the air in this way can take a long time. And if you are trying to heat a large room, this can take a lot of energy. This results in high costs.

Radiant heating panels do not waste energy attempting to heat the air. Instead, infrared energy is emitted which directly heats the people and objects in the room. As a result, the temperature can be reduced without affected comfort levels. A radiant heating panel will provide the same level of comfort as a convection radiator using typically 40% of the power. For example, a 500W GR panel from Flexel International would provide the same comfort level as a 1200W convection heater.

Based a tariff where electricity is 12.5p/kWh, and the panel being on for five hours a day, the GR panel would cost about 25p a day to run.

The convection heater would cost around 75p a day. This results in savings of around £60 per year. However, the savings from radiant heating panels could be even greater.

The example does not take heat up times into account. Radiant panels provide almost instantaneous heat, so they will probably be kept on for less time than convection heaters. Convection heaters have to warm up slowly, and then they have to warm the surrounding air. It is only then that people will begin to feel the warmth.

Running costs are bound to be one of the biggest considerations when looking at an electric heater. That is why we are so proud of our energy efficient range of radiant heating panels.

At Flexel International we manufacture and supply a wide range of radiant heating panels. The panel that is right for you depends on your own personal preferences and requirements.

For example, if you want a discrete source of heating, you may want to consider a ceiling panel. This will provide energy efficient radiant heating without taking up any wall space. However, if you want a radiant heating panel to be a focal point in your room, you should choose one of our custom printed heating panels.

These include a high quality digital print. This can be one of a selection of beautiful standard prints, or you can send your own image to be added. There are also textured radiant heating panels available.

The textured surface, which increases the surface area by 2.5 times, results in more efficient heat generation. There are many options including radiant panel size, colour, surface texture and wall or ceiling mounting. The design of your room, the décor and budget should all be considered when choosing a radiant heating panel.

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Domestic
Infrared Heating

Our domestic range of heaters are ideal for replacing or adding to your existing heating for your property with options for wall or ceiling mounting to free up your valuable wall space.

Domestic Heating

Commercial
Infrared Heating

Looking to heat up larger open spaces? Our range of commercial heaters are ideal for open areas that are usually difficult to heat using traditional methods that heat the air volume first.

Commercial Heating

Church
Infrared Heating

Churches and similar open spaces in older buildings are notoriously difficult to heat up quickly for the users of the building. Our Infrared heaters are highly efficient at heating large open spaces.

Church Heating

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  • Domestic Infrared Heating Panels

    ECOSUN UB Universal Infrared Heating Panel

    £123.76£224.34
    Our ECOSUN UB panel is ideal for wall or ceiling mounting heights between 2.5m - 4.0m. Available in 3 sizes in white with a smooth surface finish.. Supplied with ceiling mounting brackets.
  • Church Heaters

    ECOSUN CH Pew Heating Panel

    £215.64£259.20
    Our ECOSUN CH unit is ideal for low temperature close proximity personal heating under pews and benches. Available in 3 sizes in anti glare black. Supplied with mounting bracket and protection grill.
  • Domestic Infrared Heating Panels

    EcoSun U+ Universal Infrared Heating Panel

    £134.11£236.11
    Our ECOSUN U+ panel is ideal for wall or ceiling mounting heights between 2.5m - 4.0m with 2.5 times greater surface area of our ECOSUN UB. Available in 3 sizes in white.
  • Church Heaters

    ECOSUN K+ Pew Heating Panel

    £90.00£154.80
    Our ECOSUN K+ unit is ideal for low temperature close proximity personal heating for mounting under office desks, reception desks, counters, supermarket tills or church pew fronts. Available in 5 sizes in brown.
  • Domestic Infrared Heating Panels

    EcoSun G Framed Glass Infrared Heating Panel

    £190.00£399.00
    Our ECOSUN G panel is ideal for wall or ceiling mounting heights between 2.5m - 4.0m. Available in 3 sizes in white, black and mirror with an aluminum frame. Supplied with ceiling mounting brackets.
  • Domestic Infrared Heating Panels

    ECOSUN GS Frameless Glass Infrared Heating Panel

    £205.00£420.00
    Our ECOSUN GS panel is ideal for wall or ceiling mounting heights between 2.5m - 4.0m. Available in 4 sizes in white, black, beige, graphite, platinum, wine red and mirror.
  • Domestic Infrared Heating Panels

    ECOSUN GS Stainless Steel Towel Rail

    £70.00
    These stainless steel towel rails are additions for our ECOSUN GS panel range of heaters that are to be wall mounted. You can add 1, 2 or 3 rails to each heater to suit your needs.
  • Ceiling Heating

    ECOSUN C+ Infrared Heating Cassettes

    £8.00£165.00
    Our ECOSUN C+ unit is a ceiling mounting heights between 2.5m - 4.0m designed for UK Ceiling Grid System or to be ceiling mounted with our optional brackets. Available in 2 sizes in white. Optional mounting bracket available.
  • Ceiling Heating

    ECOSUN TH High Output Space Heater

    £188.49£220.77
    Our ECOSUN TH unit is ideal for directional heating from wall or ceiling mounting heights between 1.8m - 4.0m. Available in 2 sizes in anti glare black. Mounting bracket and protection grills available.
  • Ceiling Heating

    ECOSUN S+ High Output Space Heater

    £204.52£403.47
    Our ECOSUN S+ unit is ideal for large space heating with ceiling mounting heights between 3.5m - 8.0m. Available in 6 sizes in white with grey panels. Mounting bracket and protection grills available.
  • Commercial Radiant Heaters

    ECOSUN PC Pet Heating Cassette

    £90.00£100.00
    Our ECOSUN PC is a small heating unit designed to heat close proximity animals in pens such as catteries, kennels, rabbits, calves, lambs and pigs to keep animals warm in cooler weather. Available in 2 sizes in white.