Heaters and heating units – not exactly the sexiest topic, right? But Prestyl USA is angling to provide supplemental heating to homes and businesses in a way that is efficient and stylish, and there’s a cleantech angle to the company’s products, as well.
Using thin-film and far-infrared technologies, Prestyl has created ceiling and wall art pieces that are actually heaters in disguise. The Radiant Artwork panels come in either black or white, and can be printed with a wide variety of decorative motifs. They can even be personalized with one of your own photos. The interactive website allows potential customers to play with the possibilities for enhancing their green living.
The panels use far-infrared technology, a form of radiant heat, to provide warmth to their surroundings. To put it in perspective, far-infrared is the same heat that you feel while sitting in the sun, the heat that is absorbed into your body, making you feel warm inside as well as out. Prestyl’s panels do not heat the air but send out heat that is absorbed by some surfaces and reflected by others, creating warmth without blowing hot air into a room. This avoids the issue of the heat drying out the air, and there is no issue of unwanted noise, as the process is silent.
The heating panels are made from thin-film heating technology, and are some of the thinnest panels available at 0.6 inches, which the company says saves space in small areas. They are made with recycled materials and are themselves recyclable, and are said to reduce heating bills by 15 to 50 percent.
The panels can be mounted on the wall or ceiling and plugged into any electrical outlet, and due to their lightweight nature can be installed quickly and easily without navigating ducts or plumbing, Prestyl says. They range in size from 2 square feet to about 2-and-a-half square feet, and are priced at $300-$700.