The last thing we want to think about today in this sweltering 97 degree temperature (and still rising) is the idea of turning on any sort of heating element, so it's slightly amusing to receive a heating product to review at the start of summer. The box is sitting in the corner, daring us to open it. Although we don't plan to review it till the cooler months return, the tech behind this new infrared radiant heating panel system is still worth noting now, as it might be worth considering installing a heating solution now while the weather is warm and it's more of an option rather than a necessity...
Winner of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2011 Best of Show award, Warmly Yours' Lava glass infrared radiant heating panel systems were designed with two key goals in mind: low cost/even temperature radiant heating and a design which blends into the home's decor tastefully. The company claims this sort of non-carbon combustion infrared heat is especially comfortable for those offering from joint and muscle swelling (the same technology is used in muscle treatment devices).
We're not sure these heaters can accomplish such heating+health benefits, since we haven't tested them yet, but they're definitely aesthetically one of the most decor friendly solutions available domestically, sporting a space saving, wall-mounted European minimal modern design that blends in well into any space. Shouldn't be a surprise, considering the technology inside the panels originate from Germany's Etherma line.
The most impressive of the finishes available is the "mirror" model, designed to work both as a heater and a reflective mirror for daily bathroom duties (partnered with a towel rack, also as an effective bath towel warmer); guests wouldn't know the "mirror" was also a heater except for the warmth emanating near and around it. Smooth.
Heating watts of these Lava glass models range from 250 all the way up to 1000 for larger spaces, with a handful of colors available, sold between $1,299 up to $2,299…a luxury device for sure. We'll follow up in the coming months with a detailed review and report if this radiant solution does well in an older (thus not optimally insulated) apartment setting. But for now, we'll keep this safely stored away for another day, if you don't mind.