Comparison of Ceramic Vs Quartz or Gas space heating

What is the difference?

Ceramic Infrared Heaters heat the same space more effectively at less cost than gas or quartz with none of the disadvantages of the other two.

Gas space heaters are expensive to purchase; difficult to install, expensive to run and emit harmful gas and carbon and subject to annual safety checks.

Quartz heaters solve the installation cost, operational cost and Eco issues of gas, but Market feedback from the hospitality and Healthcare industry shows Quartz produces a fierce heat that people feel as a “burning head” or headaches and complaints about "Dry Eyes". It produces an unpleasant light (although this is wrongly blamed for causing the eye problems - it is actually the heat which is to blame).

Let's be clear: the ICNIRP (International Commission on non-ionizing radiation protection) which is the definitive body in this respect shows clearly the physical penetrative properties of the Near Infrared produced by Quartz heaters to cause damage to skin and eye tissue if placed too close or exposed for too long and demonstrate that the same parameters for Far Infrared to be “normally of little or no practical concern”.

Quartz elements are also notoriously short-lived and at £40 per bulb to replace, represent a reasonable annual maintenance overhead for organisations.

Quartz is also no longer the most energy-efficient solution available. The basic differences are summarised in the following graphic.

Graphic comparing the effectiveness and relative comfort of Ceramic, versus, Gas or Quartz heaters

Enter the role for ceramic Infrared Heaters. Heating people comfortably in any large space presents challenges which ceramic heaters are better-able to meet than their competitors.

More effective than Quartz

When compared with a market leading brand of 3000 Watt Quartz heaters, the “throw and spread” of the 1300 Watt Comfort IR 2 shows it competes effectively against the 3000 Watt quartz unit at the lower and medium installation heights and the larger 1950 Watt IR 3 heater outcompetes the 3000 Watt unit at the greater installation heights   – saving you money and economising on the number of units you need without loss of comfort.

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    Comparison Graphic

    Ceramic vs Quartz heater comparison

    “Hot Heads not admitted”

    Gas burns hydrocarbons and produces exhaust gas and a disconcerting noise. They are expensive to install and run and require regular maintenance.

    Quartz heaters emit fierce localised heat which many people complain about as the source of headaches and “burning heads”.  Quartz also produces an undesirable light which with long-term exposure has been proven to cause eye damage (bleaching of the iris).

    Spectral analysis of Quartz Vs Ceramic Far Infrared emitters show that when used for "Comfort Heating", quartz heaters emit a lower "Watt Density" (which is actually what warms you) than Ceramic Far Infrared emitters but consume more energy overall (because they output a wider spectral band including light). This is why we are able to say confidently that "Spread and Throw" of a 1.3kW Far Infrared heater is greater than that of a 3kW Quartz element.

    Ceramic IR emitters also produce no light whatsoever and operate at a less fierce – and actually more effective - heat wavelength than quartz which is called “Longwave” or “Far” infrared.  (The same wavelength used in modern saunas).  This type of heat is comfortable, completely harmless and contains no other undesirable characteristics (no ultraviolet light, no microwaves etc) and are therefore completely “Electrosmog” free. In fact, the health profession calls this heat wavelength the “Vital range”.

    “Install and forget”

    Comfort IR heater installed in an outside bar area

    The Comfort IR range is designed for ease of installation on a wall or supporting frame (ceiling mount options are also available) and with access to electricity.  There are no pipe, ductwork or ventilation considerations that gas implies. However the additional advantage of Ceramic Infrared over Quartz is its longevity which solves an issue we repeatedly hear from the market: that Quartz emitters simply don’t last that long.  Our Ceramic emitters are guaranteed for five years and their life expectancy is 10. Quartz emitters are typically guaranteed only for one year and life expectancy is also low.

    Heat when and where you want it and nowhere else.

    The comfort IR 2 and 3 are directional heaters, designed to be wall-mounted with a reflective adjustable-angle mounting unit.  Warmth is delivered exactly where you want it, with no convection or unwanted dispersal - a considerable advantage when heating an area only partially full of people.   When linked to a motion sensor, even greater savings are possible!

    The reflective interior of the unit effectively radiates heat emitted from the ceramic elements, warming the body directly without the air in between being warmed. People will perceive heat instantly, since the ceramic elements produce heat as soon as the heater is switched on. Full operating spread and throw is achieved in under 10 minutes.

    Installing Comfort IR Ceramic Heaters

    The ComfortIR must be located in a position to allow for proper and efficient use but one that ensures hot parts are not touched accidentally. The recommended height for the mounting is 2.3m to 2.5m (90”-98”) from ground level, with the heaters angled down at 60 degrees (see diagram 1). The ComfortIR MUST NOT be installed at a height of less than 2.3m (90”). Comfort IR Ceramic Heaters must be installed so they overlap heated areas and heat from both sides for optimum effect.

    For public areas the heaters can be installed with a protective grill and fitted to parasols where lower installation heights are required. This will imply use of the lower (1000 watt) IR2 element which for a 3 – 4 element parasol will imply a saving of 4.5 – 6 kW of the equivalent single bar quartz heaters.

    Indoor Space Heaters:

    Advantage IR 2.

    Advantage IR 3.

    Advantage 360.

    IRP4 Industrial Heater.

    Outdoor Space Heaters:

    Aspect IR2.

    Aspect IR3.

    Aspect IR360.


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