Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Infrared Heating System? Infrared heaters are revolutionary portable furnaces that safely and efficiently heat the objects in a room using infrared waves as opposed to less efficient systems that use radiant or solar radiation.
How does the initial cost and savings compare to other heaters? Infrared heaters utilize new, more efficient technology for generating large amounts of infrared heat. Infrared heaters incorporate great styling, with micro-electronic genius. The energy savings each month will usually pay for the cost of the heater in less than a few months.
How do Infrared heaters work? Infrared heaters combine new advanced engineering with the latest in infrared commercial quartz tubes. A heat exchanger incorporates a copper-ionization panel for ionization of the water molecules in the air. These water molecules act as a carrier for the infrared heat that is expelled into the room. Ionized water molecules distribute heat more evenly in the room than do air molecules by themselves, which is why infrared heat eliminates most cold air pockets in a room. It is a warmer, softer heat that penetrates the body more effectively than radiant heat. Infrared furnaces exhale what is coined "soft", environmentally friendly heat that employs the humidity in the room as a vehicle to warm large spaces quickly and efficiently. Conventional heat sources can dry the air and cause occupants to lose energy.
Where are Infrared heaters most often used? Homeowers have reported endless uses for Infrared heaters, but most benefit from using them in cold uncomfortable areas such as finished basements, distant back rooms, office areas, mobile homes and more. Infrared heat can also be used as an energy saving source of comfortable heat when employed as a substitute for other heat sources in the home. It's a better, cheaper way to heat your home.
What makes Infrared heating different? There are three major types of heat. The first, is radiant heat. Radiant heat can be generated utilizing combustion or the burning of a fossil fuel, i.e. natural gas, wood, oil, etc. It can also be generated using electrical current to heat a coil, as in a base-board heater, or to heat different liquids such as oil in a portable radiator. Radiant heat is a very long wave form that can actually be seen radiating off the earths surface in a mirage or off the top of a wall radiator.
The second is solar radiation. Solar radiation is a very short wave pattern that includes all the wavelengths in the light spectrum that are both harmful and beneficial. Solar radiation is responsible for the burn you get by sitting too close to a fire or disc heater or by sitting out in the sun too long. Ultraviolet radiation falls into this solar radiation spectrum. Solar radiation has a very short wave pattern that cannot be detected by the human eye. Ultraviolet radiation, for example, is a type of solar radiation and the wave pattern varies from approximately 180 nanometers to 270 nanometers.
A third form of radiation is Infrared radiation. It is the safest and most effective type of radiation to use for warming up the objects in a room including the human body. Safe infrared heaters efficiently converts electrical power into therapeutic infrared radiation. Infrared heat is by far the most economical type of heat for zone or area heating. Infrared waves vary from 5 to 14 microns which is much, much longer than solar radiation but much, much shorter than radiant heat waves. Infrared radiation is the perfect wave form for the most efficient heating systems. Infrared heat is also the most therapeutic type of heat which is why it is used universally for all medical applications requiring heat applications as well as the preferred heat type in most saunas. In fact, Infrared saunas produce the same infrared waves that Infrared heaters produce.
How does the comfort of Infrared heat compare to other systems? Infrared furnaces use state-of-the-art technology to provide the most comfortable form of heat. Unlike traditional systems, which may leave a differential of up to 18 degrees from floor to ceiling, infrared furnaces produce heat that does not concentrate near the ceiling. Instead, infrared heat is evenly distributed from floor to ceiling throughout the room. The even heating and higher humidity permit lower heat settings with more comfort, less condensation on windows and less static electricity.
In actual studies, photos using infrared lighting have demonstrated that infrared heat is almost perfectly even from floor to ceiling and wall to wall. Infrared efficiency is based on the distribution of energized air, not on just fan movement. This heat is coined as "soft heat" due to how comfortable it is.
How does Infrared heat compare to other systems economically? Infrared heat is a very efficient way to heat, especially if you "zone" heat. This means keeping the area of the home you are occupying for a period of time cozy and unoccupied spaces cooler. Individual results, of course, depend on insulation values, local climate and other conditions.
Why do Infrared furnaces cost more than traditional space heaters? Infrared heaters are furnaces in every respect. They have miniature heat exchangers, miniature infrared heating coils or tubes, solid-state electronic control systems, high and low limit switches to regulate temperature and air flow, stylish cabinets, sensitive solid-state thermostats with high voltage relays for turning the infrared tubes on and off and fan systems. Infrared heaters are a revolutionary green technology product in every respect that produce high-quality infrared heat at a fraction of the price of conventional portable heaters. A space heater only has the capacity to heat a small space because the heat stays where it was generated. Infrared furnaces, like a central heating system, will heat an entire area evenly and efficiently because the heat spreads rapidly through the entire room. Leave the door open and the heat will spread into the adjoining room as well. Because of the reduced energy consumption, and their high level of safety and comfort, Infrared users agree that it is the best value available.
Is Infrared heat safe? Infrared heaters have no flame and generate no fumes. Instead, safe, clean infrared heating elements provide the energy. Extensive TUV-US testing has verified the safety of infrared heating.
Why doesn't infrared heat rise like conventional heat? Because infrared waves are shorter than radiant heat waves. When combined with an ionizing heat exchanger, these infrared waves spread more quickly and penetrate more thoroughly for more even heat distribution from floor to ceiling. Infrared heaters heat evenly, keeping heat down where you and your family live.