Infrared radiant heaters create a heat that is very similar to the sun. Infrared light isn't visible because it's beyond the spectrum we see. That invisible light gets absorbed by our skin, clothes and other objects, which is how things around an infrared heater warm up.
It is warmer in direct sunlight than in the shade because the shade blocks out a lot of the light, and like our natural big outside heater, infrared radiant heaters in your home will only warm areas directly in front of it.
It's hard to make generalizations about infrared radiant heaters since there are so many different specifications. Infrared radiant heaters can be powered by electricity, natural gas, or propane. Different heaters will have different maximum output levels, different controls, and different designs.
However there are a few benefits, and drawbacks, that generally apply to all infrared radiant heaters, and reading through our guide will help you decide if one is right for you. They are becoming an increasingly popular way for people to heat up their homes and workplaces during the cold winter months, and it's definitely a heating option worth considering.
How Do Infrared Radiant Heaters Compare to Other Heaters?
Infrared space heaters emit rays that are absorbed by other items, which gently increases the temperature of the heaters' surroundings. They work differently than the other types of heaters you may be considering for your home or office.
An electric portable space heater is a popular type of heater that works well for small areas or specific rooms. They're usually very safe to use, and the most popular types are fan-forced or oil-filled.
Garage heaters are meant for places that aren't well insulated. They provide high blasts of warm air to cover large areas.
Baseboard heaters are perfect for bedrooms and hallways. Low profile, safe, and easy to install, baseboard heaters remain a popular pick.
Oil-filled heaters warm up a special heat-conserving oil, and heat is radiated out into the room. They are safe, efficient and economical.
A fireplace heater adds heat and a decorative element to the room. More expensive models looks very similar to an actual fireplace. They use electricity so they're safer and cleaner than traditional wood-burning fireplaces.
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