Frequently asked questions

How does infrared heating work?

As opposed to normal heating systems using radiators, where the air is heated, which circulates in the room, infrared heaters warm the objects or people directly via head radiation. The radiated, and now heated, objects reflect the heat radiation back into the room, which means the radiation can spread out. All surfaces (even furniture and people) are warmed softly.

What is infrared radiation?

Infrared are electromagnetic waves, which follow the same rules as the spread of radio- or light waves. Put simply, even temperature is nothing more than the (warmth caused) movement of atoms and molecules. Because they are made of positive and negative charge carriers, which have an electromagnetic field and radiation, this results in heat radiation. The warmer a surface is, the more short-waved and energetic is the radiation. This is the principle infrared heating works on.

What is the big difference to conventional heating systems?

The spread of the warmth is not done via circulation of warm air, but via heat radiation. Contrary to conventional heating systems, infrared heating does not warm the air, but the parts and people in the room. These things then give the warmth back into the room, which creates a much more comfortable room climate, creates way less dust, and does not dry the air.

Is infrared heating hazardous to your health?

No. Infrared radiation is important and healthy. Without infrared heating, we would freeze to death even if a room were warm. Too intense heat radiation, however, can be perceived as uncomfortable and overheating. A good infrared heating system should radiate with temperatures of 80 to 110 degrees on a calculated area.

Which design options are available?

The panels are flat devices. The optimal Material of the front is ceramic. Glass and mirror surfaces are only possible with a hardened and tempered surface. Plastic is rather sub-optimal because plastic does not take the heat well. The panels are installed on wall or ceilings to prevent heat build-up.

Isn’t heating with electricity exceptionally more expensive?

You must differentiate between the costs for acquisition, service and maintenance, and use-costs (wood, gas). In terms of acquisition, infrared heaters are better than most conventional heating systems. There is almost no service or maintenance, so here it is also cheaper. And lastly, in terms of use-costs it is about even with a conventional gas heating system.

Is infrared heating only good in addition to a normal heating system?

The SIKU Infraplate Pro Heating Panels are usable pretty much everywhere, either as an independently working system or as an extra to your normal one. Warmth and comfort in new or old buildings, wood houses or vacation homes. For Renovations in the attic, the basement, in flats, offices, workshops and many more.

How fast does an infrared heater heat up?

In just a few minutes (3 to 20 minutes).

What range does an Infraplate have?

The distance between the Infraplate and the area you want to heat should not be greater than 3 meters.

Which and how many Infraplates do I need per Room?

The number and size of the infrared heating panels depends on the energy requirements of the room. This depends on the size, composition (insulation, walls, floors, etc.) and climatic conditions of the room as well as the wanted room temperature. As a guideline for “normal insulations” you can take 22 watts per square meter.

How can the Infraplates be controlled?

The infrared heating panels themselves do not have thermostats or other electronical parts built in. They are always working with 100% once plugged in. Depending on your application and needs, you can choose which kind of control fits best. Our thermostats enable a temperature- and time-controlled heating and are available in multiple forms.

Risk of Burns with Infraplates?

There is no risk of burns when touching infrared heating panels. The SIKU Infraplates reach a surface temperature of 95°C. Should the Infraplate mistakenly be covered, the overheat sensor, which is located inside of it, would shut it off. However, caution is advised witch children and people with sensoric disabilities.

Is the mounting set included?

Yes, the mounting set is included and consists of 4 screws, 4 dowels and 1 drilling template.
For further and more detailed information, please read the included manual.

Can you mount the Infraplates yourself?

Yes, you can do it yourself. It is very easy.

Can the Infraplates be printed individual pictures?

Yes, the Infraplate Pro Classic and Infraplate Pro Classic SLIM can be printed with every pictures. Provided that you have the print-rights for the picture and are able to provide it in the according resolution (300dpi) as a PDF or JPEG.

What is the difference between the WW and DW Infraplates?

“WW” stands for wall mounting.
“DW” stands for ceiling mounting.

The wall mounted Infraplates have an indicator light, that informs the user if the plate is on or not.

The ceiling mounted Infraplates have premade holes on the back, in which the ceiling-mounting kit is installed.

What is the minimum distance between the Infraplate and the wall?

With an Infraplate Pro Classic, the distance is about 8mm. With an Infraplate Pro Mirror or Satinato, the distance is about 26mm.

What is the minimum distance between the Infraplate and the ceiling?

The minimum distance between Infraplate and ceiling is about 2cm.