To understand how radiant heat works, you simply need to think about how we receive heat from the sun. Just like the sun, Heat Profile systems transfer radiant heat without the use of air currents or fans. So for example if you are in an unheated room and the sun shines in on you, you immediately feel warm. Unlike traditional convection heating systems, Heat Profile systems warm the room’s occupants and then warm the room itself.
Conventional radiators, or forced air systems, need to produce draught to function. Draughts in turn create air turbulence with cold areas across the floor and in corners; while excessive heat also collects at ceiling level. Temperature variations mean unpredictable performance and energy waste. Airborne dust, carpet fibres and bacteria also circulate more easily, creating a far less healthy environment than with ‘radiant heat’.
In fact, British Gas tested Heat Profile Systems (radiant heat) against a panel radiator (convective heat) in a special environment room in the University of Portsmouth. It was found that whilst using far less energy, the radiant warmth produced by Heat Profile gave even temperature conditions from floor to ceiling, without cold spots or draughts, so giving improved comfort levels, a cleaner healthier environment and at lower operational costs!