What is Infrared heat?
Infrared heat is a form of electromagnetic radiation that sits just beyond the red end of the visible light range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Sometimes the word radiation is mistakenly associated with a harmful effect, but in fact, radiation is just a process of energy emission. Just like visible light radiation, infrared radiation is 100% safe and even our own bodies emit infrared radiation.
Infrared heat is the main reason why we feel warm when the sun is shining in the middle of a cold day. Our perception would suggest that if the air temperature was freezing, then we too would feel cold. However, this perception is not entirely accurate because heat energy can be transmitted through electromagnetic waves, the same way the sun heats our planet 93 million miles away. These waves are absorbed by our bodies and objects in our home or business, thus creating a warm perception and sensation of our environment.
Infrared radiant heating works by transforming electricity into infrared heat energy, which is beamed at solid surfaces such as ceilings or the floor, to warm the room. The emitted infrared energy is absorbed and reflected back by the surface area of a room, so that the heat is distributed in a uniform fashion. Radiant energy heats objects within your home or business; objects that have a thermal capacity which allows for the room to stay warmer longer.
Conversely, moving or circulated air has little to no thermal capacity, such as in the case of traditional convection warmed rooms. Using conventional heaters, where feeling warm is mostly dependent on the temperature of the air, the immediate effect of chilling wind would disturb your comfort of feeling warm. For example, when a door is opened, the hot air will quickly escape requiring you to reheat the room to feel warm again. Infrared radiant heating is more effective to retain heat and help keep a home or business cozy. While using radiant heating the warm feeling will not immediately disappear even with open windows because Carbontec® heats solid surfaces directly.
Radiant heat works differently from conventional convection heaters. Convection heating in the home works by warming up the air around you, which is a considerably less efficient way to heat a space. For instance, a radiator does most of its heating through convection currents and provides only very limited heating through infrared waves. When the radiator warms up, it heats the air directly around it, which then expands and rises. As the hot air rises, it creates a vacuum behind it, which pulls colder air into contact with the radiator, causing it to warm. As the hot air begins to cool down the air drops back to the floor level. This cold air gets heated again and this process keeps repeating itself – this process is known as air circulation or draft resulting from convection heating. This entire cycle has many opportunities to be inefficient, resulting in your furnace or boiler to work harder and use more energy to make up the difference in heat energy lost.
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
The electromagnetic (EM) spectrum is the range of all types of EM radiation. Radiation is energy that travels and spreads out as it goes – the visible light that comes from a lamp in your house and the radio waves that come from a radio station are two types of electromagnetic radiation. The other types of EM radiation that make up the electromagnetic spectrum are microwaves, infrared light, ultraviolet light, X-rays and gamma-rays.
Carbontec® is Instant Heat
While using Carbontec® radiant heating you will start feeling warm almost immediately even if the rest of the room is still cold because we absorb the heat directly without needing to wait for the surrounding air to get warm. This experience of feeling warm is comparable with the warmth felt by skiers or mountain climbers. Even in low air temperatures in the presence of infrared heat from the sun, the environment can be perceived as warm.
Carbontec® is Renewable Energy Ready
Along with the application of Carbontec® in your home, it is possible to use other energy from renewable sources such as sun, wind and water. For example, your Carbontec® system can heat the entire house directly with free electricity coming from the solar panel installation on your roof. The combination of Carbontec® and renewable energy makes Carbontec® very economical, particularly over time. Carbontec® heats with CO2-neutral emissions. Heating with conventional energy sources, such as oil and gas is becoming increasingly expensive, whilst heating with renewable energy not only aids the environment but is also rewarding.
Carbontec® Helps Rid Your House of Dampness and Mold
Carbontec® is the only infrared heating system that is capable of deterring condensation in your home which results in a less favorable environment for mold spores or dust mites to grow. The unique perforation feature of Carbontec® enables permeability i.e. transferring humidity from the surfaces. The permeability of the heating film prevents dampness from being trapped inside the wall and helps excess humidity to evaporate through the perforation in the material of Carbontec®. Other infrared heating films, which do not have this key feature, and they can potentially contribute to dampness to be trapped between the surfaces of the heating material and the ceiling.
Carbontec can help your floors and ceilings become uninhabitable to the presence of mold or dust mites by reducing relative humidity. Carbontec® prevents mold because infrared heat warms up ceilings and floors faster than the air of the room. As a consequence no steam condenses and mold has no opportunity to form.
Carbontec® Increases the Living Space
Using Carbontec® heating system as the main source of heat will not only save you on energy consumption, but will also increase a living space due to absence of pipes, radiators, due to the 0.21 millimeters thickness of material.
Carbontec® heating film is thin and therefore uses the minimal amount of space, comparable to wallpaper. Carbontec® film can be applied on any flat surface ceilings or floors thus banishing completely the need for bulky radiators, pipes, storage heaters and boilers. Carbontec® is not visible once installed in your home.
Carbontec® can and should ideally be applied to the ceiling. With this application you can achieve greater heating area coverage.
Carbontec® Operates Silently
As there are no moving or mechanical parts, Carbontec® heating film is inaudible in both standby and operational modes unlike all water flow based conventional heating systems. Therefore you can relax comfortably without any disturbing noise emanating from radiators, pipes, pumps or boilers.
There is no dry air circulating unlike from central air systems.
Carbontec® is 100% Safe
Our Carbontec® material is resistant to minor damages, and is able to be cut out for light fixtures or ceiling fans if need be. Carbontec® heating films are very durable by design so they are resistant to the harsh environment of a job site.
All heating materials are non flammable and are safe to use on both interior home surfaces and ceiling surfaces. There is no risk of electric shock because Carbontec®heating film is powered by low voltage, through safety certified Carbontec® transformer.
All Carbontec® heating films are manufactured under ISO 9001 quality management systems and undergo strict material controls. We are CE certified and approved by safety agencies such as TUV and GS (Germany) and we are also UL-Listed in the United States.
Carbontec® is Easy to Mount and Install
Carbontec® perforated film has a unique patented surface and woolly coating of NapTouch that allows to save up to 32% on construction mixes and characterizes material as resistant to alkaline influence of tiles adhesive or plaster. High adhesion (bond to surfaces) enables the system to be installed under any decorative coating. Installation of Carbontec® requires the minimum of effort; however your system should be installed by a trained certified electrician or contractor.
The installation is a simple procedure requiring minimum effort. The longest step during the installation process is waiting for the adhesion plaster or ceiling plaster to dry, which accelerated by operating your new heating system for 10 hours to ensure proper adhesion and operation. Carbontec® system consists of only a few components, making it a very simple addition to your home or business. There is no need to install a boiler, radiators, ducting or any additional pipe work in order to operate it.
Carbontec® is Non-Allergic
Are you allergic to dust? Suffer from asthma? Using Carbontec® to heat your home or business, you will not have intensive air flows which circulates dust. It keeps the air clean and moderately dry.
Carbontec® is Economic
Energy consumption is only 20 Watts per linear foot of the Carbontec® material, thus Carbontec® heating system efficiency is 2.5 – 3 times higher in comparison with traditional convection systems of heating, including the gas ones.
Carbontec® heating films can transfer and emit energy with little to no loss. Besides being 98% energy efficient, Carbontec® films can deliver heat with over 95% radiant efficiency. In comparison to Carbontec®, the radiant efficiency of conventional heating is normally below 30%. This means that conventional heating is less effective in providing you with heat energy because more than 70% of the heat energy goes to heat the air volume which dissipates rapidly. Heating with 98% radiant efficiency, means that your money is not wasted on hot air masses concentrated around your ceiling, heating you do not need.
Consequently, the superior radiant efficiency of Carbontec® results in about 3 times less energy needed relative to the energy required by conventional heating. That means that with Carbontec® you not only get superior quality of heating but also reduce energy consumption.
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