The most cost effective way to heat your home this winter!
Driving along the road with your windows rolled down on a warm sunny day, your hand lazily absorbing the basking glow of the sun’s infrared rays. Summer can be a brilliant time of year even just for that satisfying warmth. Sure, winter can also be quite magical but the damp walls, cold floors and chilly rooms can be a major turn off and they also can take a massive bite out off your utility bills. Air conditioning units drain a huge amount of electricity, dehumidifiers too. Not the mention that low, droning hum that drives you up the walls. Conventional gas heaters can work, but only if you glue yourself in front of them. Being warm shouldn’t be so expensive and primitive, there has to be a better, more cost-effective way to heat your home this winter.
What if there was a way to harness that warm, fuzzy feeling that you get from sunlight into a modern and affordable household appliance? Well, the good news is that this technology already exists! Its called Infrared heating. But what is infrared heating, and even more importantly, is it worth it?
What is Infrared Heating?
Infrared heating is the process of heating through the use of infrared radiation. Before we go on further, shelf your misconceptions on radiation. Not all radiation is nuclear and deadly. Radiation is the transfer of heat energy through waves or particles. Your oven, the sun, fire, even you emit radiation. Infrared radiation has a longer wavelength than visible light, so it’s invisible. The sun’s heat is also infrared and infrared heating is no more dangerous than sunlight.
Infrared heaters are somewhat different from conventional heaters, however. While conventional heating heats the air around it, infrared heating heats through the air particles and heats objects directly. In exactly the same way a metal object gets hotter in sunlight. As a result, these heated objects radiate their own heat until the whole room is basked in warmth.
How does Infrared Heating work?
Infrared heaters use modern technology to turn electrical energy into infrared heat (other heaters which use gas also exist but they are inefficient and harmful to the environment.). You’ve probably already heard about infrared radiation in science class and the “Black Body Radiation” experiment. Infrared is simply another part of the light spectrum, but is invisible. Think of sunlight and a regular light bulb. Objects don’t get warm when placed in a lit room, but they do get warm in sunlight. That’s because the light bulb only releases light waves, whereas the sun emits both light waves and heat waves (in the form of infrared). That’s it really, that’s really all there is to infrared heat!
Something else which is worth mentioning is that in conventional heating, hot air takes a longer time to reach you. Given that hot air is lighter than cool air, heated air will rise. Which means that as the air leaves the conventional heater or the air conditioning, that warm air will simply be hovering over you and you will only start to feel warm once all of the air in the room has been heated. Infrared heating isn’t affected by this as it simply heats objects directly.
Is Infrared heat the most cost-effective way to heat your home?
Let’s talk numbers, pound for pound and quid for quid, how does infrared heating compare to other modes of heating? Keep in mind that infrared heating does not heat air particles, but rather objects. As a result heat is not wasted on air which escapes the room through ventilation. Instead, it is the object itself which is heated and those objects (including the user) retain that heat and slowly radiate it outwards. This means that infrared heaters are more efficient than conventional heaters. Typically an infrared heater 40% the size of a conventional heater will still produce the same level of comfort. To put this is more tangible terms, a 400W infrared heater will produce the same amount of heat as a 1kW conventional heater. The people at greenage have written an excellent study explaining this in more detail.
Infrared heaters also heat the room much quicker than other forms of heating and as a result, need to be turned on for a much shorter amount of time. This means great news for savings! As an added bonus, infrared heaters are completely silent. So no more having that insipid droning sound boring through your ears whenever you want to get warm.
Now, is infrared heating the most cost-effective way to heat your home? Well, consider how infrared heaters are more efficient, you need less power to gain the same amount of heat, the heat isn’t lost as air drifts through the room and how infrared does not need to heat all of the air in a room before is starts to be effective. All of these factors contribute to less energy being needed to heat your home through infrared, and using less energy means cheaper bills.
That’s a resounding yes! Infrared heaters are the more cost-effective way to heat your home over traditional heaters. If you want to enjoy these savings and infrared heat, be sure to visit one of the many outlets that sell the Healthy Heat panels or get a quote online.