The electric heater with a brain
21 January 2016
Incorporating the most advanced technologies to give maximum control over heating, the Q-Rad, from Dimplex, is the company’s most intelligent electric radiator to date.
Designed and developed at the company’s R&D unit in Dunleer, Co Louth, the radiator takes its design inspiration from Dimplex’s category-leading Quantum heater.
Q-Rad is sleek, slim and stylish and comes with a host of unique, intelligent energy-saving and cost-saving features which set it apart from any other product on the market.
Dual element technology
Q-Rad has a convective element, which has a variable power output and a radiant element. It uses one or both of these heat sources automatically to maintain an accurate target room temperature. Q-Rad calculates the time needed to heat a room and the convective element begins by operating at full power.
As the room approaches the target temperature, Q-Rad begins to cycle the convective element between full and reduced power until the target temperature is reached.
At this point, Q-Rad switches off the convector, thereby avoiding overshooting and saving you energy. To maintain the target temperature, Q-Rad cycles the convective and radiant elements on and off, as required.
Open window detection
The Open Window and Door Detection feature means that the Q-Rad intuitively adapts when there is a sudden change in temperature. The Q-Rad reacts to this by going into standby mode in order to minimise heat loss and maximise performance.
‘Eco Start’ delayed start anticipatory control
The Q-Rad’s Eco-Start Anticipatory Control has a unique, self-learning, delayed start function which learns the thermal characteristics of a room and determines how long the appliance needs to be on in order to reach target temperature. This is based on factors such as room size, heat losses and the prevailing weather. It learns the behaviour of the household’s needs and adapts accordingly, thus giving the Q-Rad its reputation of being the ‘electric heater with a brain’.
Radiant heat output
Q-Rad’s ratio of radiant and convected heat provides the optimum mix for human comfort.
Thermal image A shows the radiant heat output from a typical electric convector, and clearly displays the limited radiant heat coming from the front panel of the heater, which is emitting low frequency electromagnetic waves indicating low energy transfer.
Thermal image B shows the radiant heat output from the Q-Rad and clearly displays the high level and uniform distribution of radiant heat coming from the front panel, emitting high frequency electromagnetic waves and therefore high energy transfer.
This ratio of radiant and convected heat provides the optimum mix for human comfort and also enables the user to reduce the room temperature and thereby save energy, but still remain comfortably warm.
Ease of Use
The Q-Rad has been created with the customer at its core, and comes with a user-friendly display screen. It also has an LCD touch screen, which comes pre-programmed with four timer modes – Out All Day, Home All Day, Holiday, and User Timer for maximum performance. The Q-Rad even comes with a child lock feature to prevent little hands from tinkering with the settings.
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