The concept of infrared heating is an interesting and different one. They work with electromagnetic radiation. Infrared heaters differ greatly from space heaters in that electromagnetic radiation heats objects while different types of space heaters heat the air around objects.
In many cases, it is much more efficient to heat the actual objects than it is to heat their surrounding air. Infrared heaters are used for many different applications. They are used to heat food, to heat animals, spot heating indoors & out and are even used to mold plastics in industrial settings. In this article we are going to concentrate on how infrared heater technology can be used around the home.
Using Infrared Heaters Around the Home
There are several uses for infrared heating technologies around the home. Here is a list of examples with explanations and descriptions for each type of infrared heater that could be used around the house or garage:
• Bathroom Heat Lamps: You see these in many homes, usually directly outside of the shower. They are a very convenient way to direct heat onto your body to warm up after stepping out of the warm shower into the cool air. They are made from infrared technology that reflects hear downwards which transfers directly to your body. They are normally 120 volts and can be operated with a wall switch. Some models also have an exhaust fan built in. They cost from $30 to $75 and the heat lamp bulbs cost around $15.
• Radiant Floor Heaters: There are several types of infrared floor heaters. There are mats that can be installed between floor tiling and the sub floor. There are also infrared filaments that can be poured directly in the concrete floor structure while it is being made. For wood or other materials that need a lower temperature heat, there are heaters made of nichrome wire that is wound around a ceramic core and embedded in ceramic so they can safely be used beneath wood flooring. These types of heating systems come in kits and sell for between $70 and $800 depending on the type and size of the system.
• Comfort Spot Heaters: These use either a metal sheath tubular element or a Quartz glass heating element. They are generally installed above areas where people tend to gather. They make it feel like a warm sun is shining on you. The feeling is quite pleasant. They can be an economical option if you want to heat just the direct area where you spend the most time because you can keep the temperature everywhere else in your home, garage or shop lower. They can run on 120 volts and are easily hung from the ceiling with brackets or chains. Quartz infrared heaters sell for around $240 and the elements cost about $80. Metal sheath units go for between $280 and $600 depending on the size.
As you can see there are a number of infrared heating options to choose from when it comes to heating your house, workshop or garage. Infrared heat is considered to be about 96% efficient. When compared to heat from space heaters powered by propane or electricity, they can be more comforting, because they direct heat waves directly at you instead of heating the air around you. They are not always the most inexpensive form of heat because they depend on electricity and the cost of electric is up now.
Compared to other electric heaters, however, they are probably the most efficient electric heating options available today. So, they are a very comforting heat source whether radiated up from the floor or down from the ceiling. There is nothing quite as nice as walking across an infrared heated floor or the sun-like feeling of infrared heat radiated from above. Both are very pleasant feeling when compared to the dry heat of a furnace or any other type of heat.
If you’re into comfort, infrared radiant heating is the only way to go. Also, they are wonderful for using in a garage or workshop. The type that hangs from the ceiling is perfect for heating just yourself or a few others while out working in a cold workshop. Good luck with your infrared heating decisions and we hope this article has pointed you in the right direction.