The Pros & Cons of Infrared Heaters

The Pros & Cons of Infrared HeatersWinter is fast approaching and you need sufficient heat to keep the family warm. Infrared heaters provide heat similar to the sun.  Unlike traditional heaters, infrared heaters have invisible light that is absorbed by objects around, our skin and clothes. Additionally, these type of heaters can be powered by natural gas, electricity or propane.

Infrared heaters are becoming increasingly popular as most homeowners are using them to heat up their houses. To further understand how infrared heaters work, here are some pros and cons.

Pros

Environmentally friendly

Infrared heaters don’t add pollutants in the room.  They function without omitting toxic products, fuel lines or any carbon combustion. Furthermore, there are no open flames that could harm small kids around.

Cost-effective

Unlike traditional heaters that consume a lot of energy when heating an entire room, infrared heaters warm only specific areas and objects instantly. This translates to efficient heating at a low cost. One doesn’t need to spend lots of money on heating during the winter.

Low maintenance

Infrared heaters require minimal maintenance since there are no moving parts. Furthermore, there are no air filters to lubricate or motor to wear out. The only maintenance you need to carry out is to clean the reflectors to ensure the unit is working efficiently.

Work instantly

Traditional heaters work through convection, meaning that the process is gradual as the air circulates to the entire room. Conversely, infrared heaters emit a precise beam of heat that warms up a room instantly. What’s more, infrared heaters focus on one particular area and not the entire room.

Silent

Infrared heaters radiate light and they don’t use a fan, meaning they are silent and great for bedrooms.  Moreover, the heater does not reduce oxygen or humidity content in the room. Traditional heaters can dry out your skin and sinuses.

Elegant design

One can choose from different designs and finishes. I would proudly display an infrared heater as opposed to traditional space heaters. In addition, many are portable and compact.

Cons

Limited warming capability

While an infrared heater is excellent for warming a single room, it provides limited warming, especially when moving around the room. Radiant heat travels in a direct line and may not be beneficial to different people in the same room.

Safety

If you have children around, an infrared heater may not be an ideal choice as the coils get very hot and can be dangerous.  Nonetheless, manufacturers are now providing safer heaters that are encased in the cabinets and are able to emit heat using a small fan. Old models have an automatic shut off switch for extra safety.

When turned off, infrared heaters stop heating

Unfortunately, infrared heaters stop functioning once they are turned off. Since this type of heater only warms certain areas, the minute it’s switched off the room loses heat quickly. Fortunately, infrared heaters use less energy and can help cut down costs.

Infrared heaters benefits outweigh their disadvantages. With numerous health and cost benefits, I can confidently say that infrared heaters are efficient and cheap to use.