The Best Infrared Heaters for Your Home

Thinking of buying an infrared heater for your home, but don't know where to start? Look no further! We'll break  down the various types of infrared heaters on the market, and give you suggestions on what their best uses are.

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We also have recommendations on which of these infrared space heaters is the best for you and your family. Whether you're warming your home or your office, going infrared can be a great choice.

Infrared Heater Basics

Infrared heaters are becoming more and more popular due to their high heating efficiency and low energy consumption. They work differently from standard heaters, which warm the air. Infrared heaters work by transferring their heat to surrounding objects through light waves that are invisible to us. Thermal energy, like the sun, is transmitted from infrared heaters.

Since objects and people are heated directly, infrared heaters warm areas very fast. It does not heat the air however, so any place the heat waves don't reach directly will not be warmed at all. You'll also feel the heating power stop immediately once you turn off a unit.

Despite a couple of drawbacks, infrared heaters are the most comfortable heat source you can have for your home. They work silently and don't dry out the air or add any pollutants, so you get clean and gentle heat while using very little electricity.

Ideal Places for Your Infrared Heater

Infrared heaters are an efficient and generally safe way to heat the inside of your home, patio or office. The heating coils can get very hot, but since home use for infrareds has increased so much, manufacturers now make very safe units that are enclosed in cases so they're not burning hot. Infrared space heaters are safe to use on carpet or hardwood floors, and many models have a tip-over safety switch that automatically turns the unit off if it accidentally topples over.

To get the most heat in the room, you can place an infrared heater anywhere, even the corner, and just face it towards the center of the room for effective warming. No installation is required for these space heaters-- just plug and heat!

Since infrared heaters work silently, they're ideal for noise-sensitive rooms, like a bedroom. Never again will you be kept up all night from a loud, whirling fan, or have to hear the clicking on and off of traditional heaters trying to warm an entire room.

Infrared space heaters are great for any room in your home, or at the office, but they're also great for outdoor use. Use one on your patio for wintertime entertaining! Since an infrared heater warms an object directly, no energy is wasted from trying to warm the cold, wide expanse of outdoor air. Restaurants favor infrared heat lamps for this very reason. Many infrared heater models come in weatherproof casing for durability in an uncovered, outdoor application.

Other popular commercial uses for infrared heaters are in garages with poor insulation and infrared saunas. Some claim infrared saunas even have health benefits and will help with joint and muscle pain.

The Different Styles of Infrared Heaters

One popular type of infrared heater is a wall mounted model, which can be used either outdoors or indoors. They don't take up any floor space, have an inconspicuous design, and can heat a small to medium sized area well. Some of these types of space heaters also mount to the ceiling.

Infrared heaters that mount to the wall can often be used on a stand as well, and the stand can be bought separately. Heaters made specifically for the patio often come on tall stands that you can easily position throughout your outdoor space. They are durable, weatherproof and made of lightweight aluminum for long-lasting performance. Many people prefer the cost-effectiveness and convenience of infrared over propane patio heaters.

Another type of heater that is popular for the home is a portable space heater, which either looks like a traditional table fan or comes in a box shape. An infrared portable space heater will sometimes be housed in wood to match the furniture in your home. The housing also protects you and your family from the hot elements of the heater.

A portable infrared heater that is positioned on a short stand is the cheapest option for your home. The heating element is more exposed, but these space heaters come with tip-over safety features that automatically shut off the unit in case it's knocked over or overheats. They can also be tilted up or down, and oscillate, for versatile heating.

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How to Use an Infrared Space Heater At Home

The initial and long-term costs of infrared heaters are relatively low, thanks to their energy-saving operation and minimal upkeep. Infrared heaters are silent and produce clean heat, so they're ideal for quiet home environments.

They're also great for outdoor use since they don't waste energy trying to heat the air, and instead heat objects directly. Plus you don't have to deal with the hassle of propane.

For quick, efficient and gentle heating in your home, infrared heaters are a great alternative to other traditional types of electric heaters and fit many different kinds of lifestyles.

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