A POPULAR Capital boozer is making sure the only draughts it has can be found at the bar after becoming the first pub in the UK to install a revolutionary heating system disguised as wall mirrors.
Panels which use the same technology as baby incubators have been designed to look like wall art and stylish mirrors at the Earl of Marchmont.
Co-owners Malcolm Gray and John Eastwood have called last orders on chills ruining their cosy pub by installing the £6000 Infranomic system.
As an added bonus, the mirrors not only add a touch of style but have also resulted in a 45 per cent saving on heating costs per year.
Malcolm said: “We decided to go for it because we were sold on the fact that it would provide efficient heating, leading to low running costs and energy savings.
“We’ve been hugely impressed with the results. Instead of unsightly radiators or fan heaters, we’ve got a set of smart mirrors that have become part of the interior design. I like the fact that we took the decision to install something that no-one else in the UK has.”
Infranomic heaters work by emitting “far infrared’ energy which floods through a room and is absorbed into all materials in the room, including the walls, ceiling and floor. The panels can be designed to look like art work or mirrors – or take the shape of a favourite picture or image.
Earl of Marchmont regular Jack Lockerbie said: “I noticed the new mirrors after the pub was renovated, but only as they make the room seem bigger.When I was told they were also the heaters, I couldn’t believe it.
“When having a drink or bite, the last thing you want is cold draughts swirling about.”
Far infrared is a natural and harmless form of radiation which the human body absorbs. The manufacturers claim on their website that it has health benefits and proven medical uses The heating elements are maintenance-free and need no annual service.
The mirrors were fitted by energy savings company Direct Savings, and managing director Ged Smith is confident the heaters will become commonplace in homes and businesses in the near future.
He said: “Infrared does not rely on convection power.
“So that alleviates cold spots in a room and gives a constant warm environment, creating a very efficient heating system.
“This really is the future of heating. It has to be seen to be believed.”
The systems are also being studied by Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland, who are running a pilot on older stone properties.