Infrared Heating Panel Costs 2022

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Infrared heating is one of several home heating alternatives to traditional gas-powered boilers. The best part? It doesn’t rely on gas or oil, just electricity.

If you’re considering infrared heating for your home, you're probably wondering what the costs are. Typically, a single standard infrared heating panel will cost you between £125£180, but there are other costs involved, too.

To find out more about further costs, including whether we expect them to decrease and what you can do to save, read on.

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The average cost of infrared heating panels

A wall-mounted infrared heating panel costs between £125£180, so you can expect to spend around £600 to heat four rooms in a home – although, this will depend on which supplier you go with.

For most homes, you’ll only need around one panel per room. The range in cost is determined by the power of the system, so it’s good to think about the room sizes before you purchase the panels.

These costs can increase if you opt for custom-designed panels, which are infrared heating panels designed to look like, say, a painting or photograph (roughly £300). You can also get infrared panels that function exactly like a mirror, which is perfect for a bathroom!

Prices for these (and other high-quality designer styles) will set you back £450 on average (some models can reach prices over £1,000, but this is usually for far larger units and isn’t the norm).

Ceiling-mounted infrared heating panels tend to cost a little bit more than wall-mounted panels, clocking in at around £200 per panel. That being said, ceiling panels are generally more efficient (and effective) than wall-mounted ones, so despite the slightly higher initial cost, you’ll get better value for money overall.

Type of infrared panelAverage cost
Wall-mounted£125–£180
Ceiling-mounted£200
Mirror£300–£450
Painting/picture style£300
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Infrared heating panel installation costs

Installation costs are actually very affordable – more affordable than what it costs to install a new boiler, for sure. With no pipework to install, installation becomes as simple as mounting the system to either the wall or ceiling, then connecting it to the mains.

It can be a little more complicated installing underfloor infrared heating, but again, because there is no pipework needed, this is still far cheaper than installing water-based underfloor heating.

You also need to think about whether you need more than one panel per room, or if you just need a single, more powerful infrared panel for each room. Use the following calculation to work out how much wattage you need:

Multiply the width and length of a room by the height to get the cubic metres.

Example: L 3m x W 3m X H 2.4m = 21.6m3

Then, multiply the cubic metres of the room by 25 to give you an average wattage required.

Example: room space to be heated 28.8m3 X 25 = 540 Watts

How much do infrared heating panels cost to run?

Although electricity is currently four times as expensive as gas, infrared heating panels are so much more efficient than traditional gas-powered boilers. Unlike even the most efficient boilers, which reach around 92% efficiency, infrared heating panels operate at 100% – which means they output as much energy as they take in.

This means that despite electricity being more expensive, you’ll actually end up saving money with infrared heating panels.

In fact, for an average-sized house with four 600w panels installed, you’ll spend on average £200 per year to heat your home. Compare this to the average running costs of even the most efficient gas-powered boiler, which ranges from £550 all the way up to a whopping £1,550.

To be more specific, let’s take the cost of electricity per kilowatt into account. According to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, electricity in the UK cost 19.2p/kWh (kilowatt per hour) in 2021. Running a single 600w panel for five hours (the typical length of time most homes have the heating on for) would cost you 51p.

Heating a living room with a gas-powered boiler would cost you 115p. This significant increase quickly eclipses the costs of running an infrared heating system.

How to save money when buying infrared heating panels

Saving money when buying infrared heating panels means thinking smart about where you place them, and how you prepare your home before (or even after) they’re installed. Here are some top tips:

 

  • Insulate your home properly

We’ve all heard about the importance of properly insulating your home, but with infrared heating panels, it becomes even more essential. Infrared heating works by accumulating heat, and good insulation will be able to store this warmth for longer.

With better insulation, you don’t need to run the heating panels for as long, saving you money on your electricity bills.

One potential downside is that if your home isn’t properly insulated already, you’ll need to factor in the costs of doing so into the total cost of your infrared heating panels.

  • Properly calculate the size of the panels you’ll need

It might seem a lot easier to just pick the panels, install them, and forget about it, but you’ll potentially be wasting money. Instead, take the time to calculate exactly what size panels you’ll need.

Doing so means your panels will put out the right amount of heat for each individual room, ensuring that you don’t waste money on heating you don’t need. Inversely, if a panel is too small for a room, it will struggle to heat the room efficiently and you’ll be spending more trying to do so.

  • Place the panels in the right location

Infrared heating doesn’t penetrate objects fully; instead the waves radiate only as far as the first inch or so, heating the object in the process. This means that installing an infrared heating panel behind a sofa, or in a corner obscured by a shelf, will severely limit the amount of heat it circulates.

Also, keep in mind that infrared heating waves don’t reach further than around 3.5-4 metres. This won’t be an issue for most homes of course, but if you’ve got bigger rooms, you might want to consider multiple panels for them.

Your best bet in either case is to think about getting a ceiling panel instead of a wall-mounted one. This is because ceiling-mounted panels are more efficient at heating a room evenly, especially if the panel is in the centre of the room.

  • Avoid turning off the panels completely when not in the same room

Turning off your infrared heating completely when you’re not using a room might seem like the smart move, but you actually end up using more energy. This is because it takes longer to heat a room from scratch than it does to keep it at a slightly lower temperature consistently.

Keeping the panels on low means that when you decide to use a room, it‘ll take less time (and less energy) to bring it back up to a comfortable temperature.

  • Make full use of technology!

Most infrared heating systems come with apps you can use to control them. It might sound simple, but being able to whip out your phone and easily adjust the temperature without having to get up makes a world of difference.

Let’s face it, we’re humans and if we can find a way to make something easier, we usually choose it. Just being able to easily control your heating from your phone incentivises doing it more often, meaning you’re less likely to leave a panel on full blast unnecessarily.

 

However you choose to save money with your infrared panels, you’ll still be spending less on your heating than you would with a gas-powered boiler.

If you'd like to learn more about infrared panels in general, our beginner's guide to infrared heating panels is a great place to start.

Do we expect the cost to reduce over time?

Working out whether the price of the infrared panels themselves will decrease is tough to say, but what can be said with confidence is that electricity prices will go down. And when electricity costs go down, the cost of running infrared heating will go down, too.

Why will electricity prices go down? Because the UK has committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, and to do this they need to make sure that electricity is renewable. Renewable energy is generally cheaper than electricity generated from fossil fuels, especially when supply issues cause the price of gas, coal, etc. to rise.

Are there any government grants available?

Unfortunately, there are no government grants for households looking to use infrared heating panels. This is because the technology just isn’t widespread enough yet – there needs to be a much wider adoption of infrared heating panels first.

Grants do exist for other home-heating systems and solutions, so you could always check the government website, enter your postcode, and find out if you qualify.

Summary

Infrared heating is by far one of the most efficient ways to heat your home, and it’s cheap. With the right setup, infrared heating can become a stylish centrepoint of a home (especially if you opt for a designer option). The costs of running infrared heating is low too, thanks to its high efficiency rating.

Tom Gill Writer

Tom is a big fan of all things eco and has a passionate interest in how technology and localised projects can work together to make the world greener.

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