I have been thinking about putting a heat pump in a new lounge (21 m2) we have just added onto our house, but then my electrician suggested I put in a infrared panel instead. I think his reasoning was that they cost about a 1/4 to 1/5 the price of a heat pump to install and provide a nice type of heat, while not being too expensive to run.
A heat pump would be cheaper to run of course (well the suppliers argue otherwise, see links below, but I find it hard to believe them), but I guess it would still take quite a few years to recoup the $3k to 4k difference in initial outlay for the heatpump.
Anyway - has anyone here installed such heaters or have any experience with them at all? Would be great to get some informed opinions on their performance and costs to run, etc.
Here is a local article on them - https://www.ecobob.co.nz/info-and-news/heating-and-cooling/infrared-heating-panels---what-are-they-and-what-are-the-benefits-/
There only seems to be two companies selling them here in NZ - both of course singing the praises of IR over heat pumps
Thanks for your help.