Infrared heating is not only good for you, it’s good for the planet, too!
By Arwa Lodhi
Not long ago, I was at a health spa that featured an infrared sauna. I’d never heard of one before, but my health therapist explained that infrared saunas heat not the air around us, but our bodies directly, resulting in better circulation.
Now, this same technology comes to the home in the form of Infrared heaters, such as those by Dr Heater and others. Not only do these eco friendly gadgets save up to 50% on energy costs, but they are good for your health, too.
Benefits of Infrared Heaters
There are plenty of benefits of using infrared heaters. For example, they can boost your health. More specifically, people with health conditions such as asthma or other breathing problems will benefit from the fact that this heating method does not create air currents that increase dust circulation in the room. Infrared heaters also prevent atmospheric dryness that can parch skin and lead to flaking and redness.
Another bonus is that while convection heaters produce the heat that warms up the air and surfaces, Infrared heaters heat objects and people directly. It creates a movement of the heat in the body through optimum blood circulation and this way produces a sense of deep warmth.
This is because instead of warming the air like other conventional heaters, infrared heaters heat objects directly in their paths including you. Heating the air wastes energy and the benefits of the heat aren’t felt immediately. The rays produced by infrared heaters penetrate and warm you beneath the skin. Just like the sun, infrared rays radiate outward, heating all nearby objects, producing a widespread effect. This all happens right away, with no need to wait for the heat to build up and spread out.
Made from aerospace-quality materials that meet ecological standards, these heaters do not emit harmful electromagnetic radiation, and as they don’t create air currents the way that conventional heaters do, you can even open a window and lose less heat than you would with radiators.
Importantly, infrared heaters don’t operate with any carbon combustion, which means there are zero toxic by-products from combustions, no open flames, and no fuel lines to leak. They add nothing to the atmosphere and take nothing away from the air, making them much more eco-friendly than their wood-burning counterparts.
And if you’re (quite correctly!) thinking: yes, but they do take energy, well, infrared heaters use a substantially lower amount of electricity than conventional heaters. In fact, some infrared heaters can operate on as low as 300 watts of electricity – if that doesn’t mean anything to you, consider that 800 watts is the usual amount of power it takes to provide heating to most rooms. The reflective metal used in the design of infrared heaters transfers almost 100 percent of the heat created around your space. Also, there’s no need to turn on the heater in advance to pre-heat the room because heat is delivered instantly.
In short, because heat loss is significantly reduced, using infrared panels ensures you will save money on your heating bills.
Another benefit of infrared heaters is that they look nice, and are easily adapted to any decorating scheme. Since they’re so thin, they can be placed under the floor or on ceilings or walls, unlike clunky radiators. Some infrared heaters can even be designed as mirrors, meaning no one would ever guess that there’s a heater on your wall – just look at this example, below!
What’s even better, is that unlike radiators that require plumbers to come in and fit them, as well as a source of gas to heat them, infrared heaters are very easy to install, and only require an electrical outlet.
Homeowners can forget all the trouble caused by pipes and plumbing, complicated expensive wiring, heavy lifting and difficult installation: these can be simply mounted on the wall or the ceiling by a bracket system, but of course you will need some help from a qualified electrician who will wire them into the existing circuits in your home.
Thin, chic, and easy to install, there’s really no reason not to switch to infrared heating in the cold months coming. Your body and bank balance will thank you!
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