What is Infrared Heating and How Does It Work?

10 April 2018

The word “infrared” is pretty common in the today’s modern vocabulary, and it’s known to have many applications in different industries. As infrared technology evolves, more and more useful applications for infrared are being discovered and utilised, even in our homes. And now, infrared technology has revolutionised the heating industry, which is why Hometech proudly provides innovative infrared heating systems to Kiwis nationwide.

It’s no secret that the state of insulation in New Zealand could use some work – and this is where infrared heating comes in. Infrared heating a safe, economical and more effective heating solution compared to more traditional heating systems. But you may wonder, “What is infrared heating?” or “How does it work?” After all, knowledge is power, and the more you learn about something, the better you can reap its benefits!

So, as the proven experts in infrared heating solutions NZ-wide, we break down the basics of infrared heating technology in this article. Read and learn more about infrared heating below!

What is Infrared Heating?

Infrared heating is a system that emits radiant heat. Something that emits high infrared energy, like the sun, transfers this energy different objects or bodies that have lower temperature. 53% of the energy from the sun is harmless infrared, heating not the air particles on Earth, but the Earth’s surface and the objects in it. This infrared, radiant heat is then emitted by these objects back into the air.

As Kiwis, we know how hot the sand at the beach can get on a beautiful and sunny summer day – and that’s infrared heating in action!

How Does Infrared Heating Work?

As discussed previously, an infrared heater is something that emits heat in the form of infrared energy. This infrared energy doesn’t warm or heat up the air. Instead, infrared heating warms up elements of the room, creating a radiator effect. Within a room setting, this energy is stored in the objects in a room, including the carpet, floors, walls, ceilings, and furniture. This energy and heat is then emitted and released by the objects as thermal radiant energy, heating the room in the process.  Infrared heaters don’t cause constant air circulation, resulting in a much more evenly heated space.

Why is it Better Than Traditional Heating?  

More traditional forms of heating, such as heat pumps or space heaters, warm the air. This is called convection heating, and it’s very slow, which is why people normally have to “pre-heat” a room before it reaches the desired temperature. Convection heating also causes constant air circulation. Since warm air rises, this continually varies the temperature in the room, unevenly heating a space. It’s costly in the long run to maintain warm temperature levels. Infrared heating, however, heats objects and surfaces instead of the air, making it a more efficient and cost-effective way to heat your space. It also drastically reduces condensation and mildew growth, warming surfaces and preventing moisture build-up caused by moist, cold air ad convection heating.


The innovative infrared heating technology packs a lot of benefits, especially in comparison to traditional heating. Who wouldn’t want a drier, warmer, and healthier space, at home or at the office? Protect your family, your business and your space with an infrared heater system today – you’ve come to the right place.


Hometech is the leading provider of infrared heating systems in New Zealand. Contact us for a free quote or simply to chat about how infrared heating can be the best heating solution for you!

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