Infrared Heating - It’s not all the same
There are unfortunately some products on this new market which do not offer long-lasting benefits and savings. Although cheap products are available, they are invariably inefficient, costly to use and have a very short lifespan, whereas our range of panels, which are technically superior, inexpensive to operate, require minimum maintenance and carry the VDE, TUV/GS approval certificates. They also enjoy a very long life.
Thick natural stone
In the past the advertising message for natural stone was „The thicker the better“. This was based upon the fact that producing thin stone was technically almost impossible. The stone panels were 30mm thick,the heating element on the surface – not in a chanel - and the heat had to travel a long way to the surface. We use 20mm thick natural stone and the channels for the heating elements is 10mm to 11mm deep so the heat energy has to travel through only 9 to 10mm to the surface.
Natural Stone and Heatfoil
Many, mostly smaller manufacturers utilize various natural stones and put a heating foil behind. It is a significant disadvantage when the heat energy has to overcome 30 to 40 mm material thickness in order to supply the radiation heat wanted. In cheap systems the main issue is a cost saving heat fail who normally cannot overcome a permanent load and give up within a few years. Good, long lasting heat foils are extremely expensive. The above paragraph is really a repeat of what you have written above. I think it could be removed.
Metal Sheet Heating Panels
Many manufacturers at the cheap end of the market, mainly from the Far East, offer heating panels to the market which are only sheet metal with heating foil on the back. These products warm up fast but cool down fast as well. Make the comparison and place yourself in front of a natural stone and a metal sheet heating panel. You will easily feel the difference. No doubt about that.
No Genuine Natural Stones
There are natural stone heating panels on the market which on closer inspection turn out to be coated sheet metal panels with plaster or tiles on top. Some of these coatings even create unpleasant odours. A genuine natural stone which is 100x40 cm, weighs around 22 -30 kg. These sheet metal products weigh significantly less than 10 kg and are therefore quite easy to identify.
Cement Fiber Panels
These panels consist of a heating element sandwiched between two layers of cement fibre. The amount of heat radiated by these panels is considerably lower than the high grade natural stone panels. They will often crack due to humidity in the cement fibre which evaporates very slowly.
Heated mirrors are ideal for the bathroom , because they do not steam up. Selecting th correct glass for your mirror is most important to avoid
a breakage. For a comfortably warm bathroom an infrared heating panel coupled with a heated mirror is absolutely ideal.