Got big heating bills this winter even though you keep the thermostat set at “Brrrrrr”? Science may be able to offer you a better and cheaper way to stay warm at home. But first a few facts:
Feeling warm or cold has nothing to do with air temperature. We get warm from our surroundings that have been heated by infrared radiation. The sun produces harmless infrared lightwaves that are invisible and responsible for making us feel warm.
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Feeling warm or cold does not depend on the temperature of the surrounding air. Skiers and mountain climbers do not freeze on extremely cold but sunny days. That’s because of infrared. When infrared waves touch the surface of the skier’s skin and clothing, heat energy is released regardless of the surrounding air temperature. So people on a winter sports holiday are able to sunbathe despite the low air temperatures—all thanks to the sun’s infrared rays.
Now let’s talk about the way you heat your home. Whether you have a forced air furnace, a central gas heater or radiators in every room, your system heats air and directs it into the rooms of your home. It costs a lot of money to keep open areas warm using this method and even then, you may still feel cold.
There is an alternative and more effective way to keep heating costs down without feeling cold. It’s called infrared technology.
Portable infrared heaters work like the sun, producing infrared lightwaves, not warmed air. An infrared heater will heat you, your dog, your chair, the carpet, the walls—not the air around you. It’s like the difference between being directly in the sunlight versus sitting in the shade. You feel warm in the sun because the light that hits your clothes and skin keeps you warm. Infrared warms objects and surfaces, which then radiate warmth back into the room. Infrared heaters are safe, available readily and quite inexpensive. They come in a wide range of designs and sizes. Some even appear to be an attractive piece of furniture, wood stove, flat panel or fireplace.
The nice thing about a portable infrared heater is that you can move it from one room to another as you change rooms. Or you could put one in each of several rooms. Using an infrared heater, it takes just a few minutes to get a room warm and comfortable.
Used in conjunction with your current heating system, stand-alone infrared heaters can reduce your home heating bills by as much as 50 percent because you can turn down the thermostat for the whole house, then supplement as needed with infrared. Depending on how much you are paying for home heat, an infrared heater could pay for itself in just a matter of weeks.
Infrared heaters cost nothing to install (just plug it in) or maintain (no wood or pellets to purchase) and can keep you warm for pennies a day.
Stand-alone portable infrared heaters can heat from 300 to 1,800 square feet, depending on the model you select. Some even have a programmable thermostat to start the heater just before you get home so your favorite chair will be warm and ready for you.
An infrared heater just may be the solution you’ve been looking for to slash the cost of staying warm and comfortable this winter.