Efficient, comfortable infrared heating that is designed to complement any interior - available in a choice of contemporary finishes and flexible installation options.Infrared Heating Panels
Love life outdoors with our range of designer patio heaters - combining comfort with performance and style.Patio heaters
Reduces carbon emissions. Electric infrared heating that only heats the areas that need heating and avoids wasting energy heating large volumes of air.Commercial Infrared Heaters
Completely changing the way we heat ourselves
Infrared heating is a practical and effective alternative to gas and heat pumps for net zero heating
Better for You
Our infrared heating technology uses the heat humans were designed for. We've evolved over time to naturally absorb the comfortable feeling of infrared radiant heat. A fresher type of heat that you'll wish you'd switched to sooner.
Better for Buildings
Our infrared heaters directly heat the building, driving out damp and mould, reducing condensation and maintaining a more healthy living environment.
Better for our Planet
100% electric. Power with a renewable tariff for CO2 free warmth. Efficient and simple to install, our infrared heaters offer the easiest way to achieve net zero heating.
The Smart Route to Net Zero – filming with Fully Charged.
Watch this 15 minute film from Fully Charged, with Robert Llewellyn, discussing with Herschel how infrared heating offers a realistic and compelling alternative to heat pumps in the route to net zero.
“The heaters have made it comfortable in the evening for guests to use this area. They love it”.
“Liked the first one so much we bought a second”!
“We’re absolutely delighted with all of our infrared heaters”.
“Best heating I’ve ever had”
“Heaters have been perfect”.
“The ideal industrial heating solution”
Looking to decarbonise your heating?
We compare the costa and practicalities of Herschel Infrared heating versus heat pumps.The zero carbon COP 26 House chose Herschel Infrared heaters over heat pumps.Find out more
It’s not hot air, its the oldest form of heating known to man. Infrared is radiant heat and our infrared heating technology is allowing us to use radiant heating once more. How does infrared heating work?
Get the right infrared heaters for your needs
We offer the widest range of energy efficient slimline infrared heating panels for homes, stylish outdoor heaters and high performance commercial heaters.
Contact our team if you’d like to use our free, no obligation professional specification service to see how our infrared heaters will work for you.Use our free specification service
How do Herschel heaters work?
We could get really geeky on this but will try to keep it simple…
Whilst both Herschel Inspire and Select XLS panel ranges have different construction methods, they both do the same thing which is to convert electricity to emit radiant heat called “far infrared”. Surface temperatures of the Inspire and Select XLS Panels average 100 degrees centigrade and are designed to gently warm people and buildings.
Herschel Advantage and Aspect range utilise ceramic plate emitters containing nickel wire cores.
Herschel Far Infrared emitters emit in the spectral range of 3 – 10 microns with no light at all.
The Herschel Advantage and Aspect Space heaters have surface temperatures of around 400 degrees centigrade and have a higher throw and spread to heat larger areas.
The majority of the heat produced from all of our panels is “radiant”, meaning the energy is used to directly heat objects and not the air.
How easy is it to install Herschel infrared panels?
Herschel Infrared panels are easy to install and come with a very comprehensive set of instructions. As Infrared panels are an electric installation, they should only be carried out by a suitably qualified electrician. Herschel has a network of Accredited Dealers who would be happy to help you.
Things to consider when planning to install an infrared panel are:
- Provision of a suitably-sized electrical source. If you are unsure, seek your electrician’s advice;
- Locate the panel according to operating heights and minimum separation distances specified in the instruction manual;
- Ensure enough strength exists in the wall / ceiling where you are going to hang the heater;
- Follow any other precautions listed in the instructions.
Installation hardware and guides for measuring and installing the mounting brackets are included in the box with the heaters. Instructions are also always available for download from the website.
This makes Infrared significantly easier to install than oil or gas boilers, heat pumps, underfloor heating etc and implies only minor disruption to your house.
Click here for a video on how to install a Select panel.
Is infrared heating safe?
Are Infrared rays safe for people?
Far infrared heating is 100% safe and natural for our bodies, and our well-being, as the human body is designed to accept and emit infrared. The feeling of warmth from infrared is particularly comfortable. It is UV that is harmful, not infrared, and so there is no need to worry.
The water in our skin responds well to this particular wavelength of heat which is why it is also called the “Vital Range” of heat. This is why Infrared heaters feel so comfortable. Far Infrared rays are the same heat you would feel off a sandy beach or rocks warmed up in the sun.
People feeling an infrared heater for the first time say it is like walking past a window that the sun is shining through.
Is Infrared harmful at all?
The International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has conducted numerous investigations into the health effects of different types of Infrared and is the resource that national bodies like the UK Health & Safety Executive refer to when setting safe working conditions. The ICNIRP concludes that for known artificial sources of Far Infrared, the “contribution made by the IR-C spectral region 3-1000µ is normally of no practical concern from a health hazard standpoint”.
Do Infrared heaters emit Ultraviolet? Are there any health risks?
Although often compared to the “heat of the sun” Far Infrared panels do not emit ultraviolet. Ultraviolet is on the “high energy” side of the Electromagnetic spectrum and is associated with the harmful effects of exposure to the sun. At the opposite end of the spectrum, infrared is on the “low energy” side of the Electromagnetic spectrum and does not have any of the harmful characteristics of Ultraviolet. Far infrared, the gentlest form of infrared, is often used in incubators for babies.
Do infrared panels emit EMF (Electromagnetic Fields)?
Although the Infrared is generated electrically, all Herschel Infrared panels are also tested during certification and certified as “Low Electrosmog” appliances, falling within the lowest category of EMF output . They are also certified as having no radio interference or interference with other control devices (like remote controls) that use IR.
All electronic devices emit electro-magnetic fields in varying levels and collectively this effect is referred-to as “Electrosmog”.
All devices are therefore also subject to regulations governing the amount of acceptable EMF they can produce and reputable manufacturers in Europe are required to adhere to those regulations as part of their CE declaration.
Herschel products operate well within current safety guidelines and standards relating to EMF.
Herschel is also satisfied these standards are regularly scrutinised and updated in light of new research findings in developing technologies, best practice in the industry and legal requirements of health and safety.
Are Infrared Panels Safe to touch?
There is a risk of injury from touching any form of heater and Herschel infrared panels are no different. However, a key benefit of Herschel panels, unlike conventional heaters, is that they can be mounted higher up on walls or ceilings – reducing the likelihood of accidentally touching them or falling against them. We always advise this, especially in areas where young children or the elderly are present.
Our Herschel Inspire and Select panel heaters (excluding our Herschel IR space heating range; Advantage, Aspect, IPR4) have surface temperatures of 85 – 95 degrees centigrade. If you do touch one of these panels you will perceive this as hot on initial contact but, provided you do not continue to touch the panel, are unlikely to scald or burn.
The reason that you can touch Herschel panels without immediately injuring yourself is because a Herschel infrared panel typically has a heat energy or “watt density” of 0.09 watts per cm2 – an energy level that the skin can absorb and conduct away from the area of contact.
It is not the temperature that does the damage but the heat energy in the object.
A kettle, for example, typically has a watt density of between 15 – 30 watts per cm2. The skin cannot absorb and conduct away this level of energy and consequently scalds on the area of contact. Yet, both the Herschel IR panel and the kettle are close to 100C.
Warning: Please note that prolonged contact with any heater, Herschel included, will result in injury. Please also note that the Herschel IR space heating range (Advantage, Aspect and IPR4) all utilise Ceramic elements which run at far higher temperatures and would cause immediate injury if touched. These heaters must always be mounted in accordance with our instructions & never be touched when switched on or for 30 minutes after use.
How to control an Infrared heating panel?
In order to emit far infrared at the right waveband, our heaters are either “on” or “off” (it is not possible to vary the temperature of the heater itself). So some kind of controller is needed with your infrared panel.
We do not build thermostats into our heaters because it is the temperature of the room that is important to your sense of comfort. Built in thermostats tend to over-read the heater temperature and under-read room temperature because the close proximity of the thermostat to the heater means that it is impossible to correctly measure the room temperature. So we do not believe built-in controls are so effective plus using built in controls leaves little choice for integration into other control systems and whole building control systems.
Herschel offers XLS thermostats for control of Select XLS panels and the Herschel IQ controls system for Inspire panels; heater control solutions especially designed to control Herschel Infrared heaters. Precise room by room control from wherever you are, providing you with optimum comfort levels whilst minimising your energy consumption.
Herschel control systems conform to the EU Eco Design Legislation (also known as LOT 20), granting you up to 8% more efficiency.
Please also see FAQ on how to pair the iQ Receiver and Thermostat.