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Infrared heating

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:06am
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Saddlepillar

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Can anybody tell me anything about infrared heating.  Or what is the best way to heat my house in Torrevieja this winter. Usual open plan sitting/dining room. Ì don't have a fireplace. Thanks

tpandmush

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:19am

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Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:19am

Saddlepillar wrote on Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:06am:

Can anybody tell me anything about infrared heating.  Or what is the best way to heat my house in Torrevieja this winter. Usual open plan sitting/dining room. Ì don't have a fireplace. Thanks

I have got eCombi Plus smart night storage heating.   Keeps my apartment warm 24/7 during the winter months 

GCfromVC

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:51am

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Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:51am

I have a pellet burner in my main lounge  along with Ronite electric wall mounted heaters which I rarely use. To heat the house I have air-con ducted system with heat pumps which is a fairly economical way to heat your home and it works perfectly.

The pellet burner is lovely and a lot less mess than a wood burner but not as aesthetically pleasing with the glow of real flames etc.

If you look at Jim's Guides he has wrote a paper on pellet burners and wood burners which might be useful for you if that is one of the routes you were thinking about.

In my own humble opinion I think that you just cant beat good old fashioned central heating from a combi boiler, but I do think that this method may be altering over the years with new innovations and the like.

Keep us informed what you decide to do.

elinspain

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:38am

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Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:38am

Hello

I just  have a Panasonic Inverter Air Con/Heating system so get either at the click of a button.... only one  unit in my apt. but it faces the bedroom door so if I leave the door open in the evenings, the chill of the bedroom has gone before it's time for bed.

Elinspain

gram2004

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:59am

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Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:59am

tpandmush wrote on Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:19am:

I have got eCombi Plus smart night storage heating.   Keeps my apartment warm 24/7 during the winter months 

Hi weres the best place to buy the ecombi heaters from around Villamartin area cheers

Kelvin1960

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:32am

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Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:32am

I put propane gas combi central heating in our house last year for 4300 Euros (7 radiators). I did most of the work myself, but I paid a tradesman to do the boiler/gas. So I think the price range is 5-6k Euros if you pay someone to do it all.

We have a detached bungalow, which loses heat through every wall/roof/floor, so distributed radiators work for us. We have a log burner which looks great, but it really only heats two rooms, it is dirty, and dealing with logs and ashes is a pain. That said, we still light it on Christmas Day, even if the weather is nice !

If you have a town house (less heat loss/two or more stories), a centrally located pellet burner might do the job, but they aren't pretty.

Someone recently asked about pellet burners that also heat water (for the kitchen/bathroom etc). I looked them up. They exist, but this means having them running (inside your home) to produce hot water in the warmer months. I suspect that this would make the house uncomfortable.

Some people like using reverse-cycle air conditioners for heating. I have a neighbour (with a bungalow similar to ours) who uses these, but he also uses his log burner when it is really cold. But if you live in mid-floor flat (very little heat loss), they will probably be sufficient.   

I have no experience of infra-red heaters. But ...

If they are electric, you need to check your electricity potencia (your contracted KW rating). Ratings here can be as low as 3.4kw, so very little  headroom for instantaneous electrical heating. 

If they are gas ... think about the condensation.

tpandmush

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:38am

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Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:38am

gram2004 wrote on Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:59am:

Hi weres the best place to buy the ecombi heaters from around Villamartin area cheers

Sparks Electrical Services are the local approved installer of the eCombi Plus heating system

gram2004

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:01pm

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Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:01pm

Kelvin1960 wrote on Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:32am:

I put propane gas combi central heating in our house last year for 4300 Euros (7 radiators). I did most of the work myself, but I paid a tradesman to do the boiler/gas. So I think the price range is 5-6k Euros if you pay someone to do it all.

We have a detached bungalow, which loses heat through every wall/roof/floor, so distributed radiators work for us. We have a log burner which looks great, but it really only heats two rooms, it is dirty, and dealing with logs and ashes is a pain. That said, we still light it on Christmas Day, eve...

...n if the weather is nice !

If you have a town house (less heat loss/two or more stories), a centrally located pellet burner might do the job, but they aren't pretty.

Someone recently asked about pellet burners that also heat water (for the kitchen/bathroom etc). I looked them up. They exist, but this means having them running (inside your home) to produce hot water in the warmer months. I suspect that this would make the house uncomfortable.

Some people like using reverse-cycle air conditioners for heating. I have a neighbour (with a bungalow similar to ours) who uses these, but he also uses his log burner when it is really cold. But if you live in mid-floor flat (very little heat loss), they will probably be sufficient.   

I have no experience of infra-red heaters. But ...

If they are electric, you need to check your electricity potencia (your contracted KW rating). Ratings here can be as low as 3.4kw, so very little  headroom for instantaneous electrical heating. 

If they are gas ... think about the condensation.

Thanks very helpfull

gram2004

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:01pm

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Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:01pm

tpandmush wrote on Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:38am:

Sparks Electrical Services are the local approved installer of the eCombi Plus heating system

Cheers

GCfromVC

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:19pm

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Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:19pm

Kelvin1960 wrote on Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:32am:

I put propane gas combi central heating in our house last year for 4300 Euros (7 radiators). I did most of the work myself, but I paid a tradesman to do the boiler/gas. So I think the price range is 5-6k Euros if you pay someone to do it all.

We have a detached bungalow, which loses heat through every wall/roof/floor, so distributed radiators work for us. We have a log burner which looks great, but it really only heats two rooms, it is dirty, and dealing with logs and ashes is a pain. That said, we still light it on Christmas Day, eve...

...n if the weather is nice !

If you have a town house (less heat loss/two or more stories), a centrally located pellet burner might do the job, but they aren't pretty.

Someone recently asked about pellet burners that also heat water (for the kitchen/bathroom etc). I looked them up. They exist, but this means having them running (inside your home) to produce hot water in the warmer months. I suspect that this would make the house uncomfortable.

Some people like using reverse-cycle air conditioners for heating. I have a neighbour (with a bungalow similar to ours) who uses these, but he also uses his log burner when it is really cold. But if you live in mid-floor flat (very little heat loss), they will probably be sufficient.   

I have no experience of infra-red heaters. But ...

If they are electric, you need to check your electricity potencia (your contracted KW rating). Ratings here can be as low as 3.4kw, so very little  headroom for instantaneous electrical heating. 

If they are gas ... think about the condensation.

Hi Kelvin

Seems a little expensive considering you did most of the work yourself but I suppose it depends on the condensing boiler you installed.

I would have thought that for an average boiler, rads and pipework would be around the €2500 mark?

I bet you are nice and cosy though.

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