Installing Infrared Heaters
How to Install Infrared Heaters
Infrared heaters, like all electric heaters, can be installed quickly and easily, with none of the expense of installing plumbed heating systems. Plug-in infrared heaters for indoor use can be installed DIY, a simple job that can be achieved in ten minutes. Hardwired heaters and patio heaters for outdoor use must be fitted by a professional electrician.
Infrared Panels - Indoor Use
- Easy, fast and free!
- Panels mount on the wall like a TV or picture frame.
- You can plug them directly into an ordinary 13amp socket.
- A quick job for a professional electrician.
- Provides a more discreet fitting with all wires hidden.
- Required in bathrooms or other wet areas where you can’t have sockets.
Infrared Heaters - Indoor Use
Check Your Product
- Some infrared heaters come with a plug, and can be fitted DIY.
- Others do not, so must be hardwired, or fitted with a plug.
- Infrared heaters in bathrooms and other wet areas must be hardwired for protection.
- Always check manufacturer installation guidelines and IP ratings for any product intended for bathroom use.
- Warehouses, workshops, factories and other industrial locations will usually benefit from a hardwired fitting.
Patio Heaters - Outdoor Use
- Outdoor heaters must always be hardwired to protect against water ingress.
- This is a quick job for a qualified electrician .
How to Control Infrared Heaters
Most infrared heaters don’t come with in-built controllers. This is to extend the lifespan of the product. Infrared panels, for example, are designed to last for decades, with durable heating elements which will inevitably last longer than the electrical components inside thermostats and timers. Purchasing separate controllers also gives you the flexibility to update your heating control system as and when new technology is developed. We always recommend installing your heaters with some form of controller, to help you save energy whilst ensuring comfortable heating levels are maintained.