Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:04 pm Post subject: Infrared Heaters
With winter looming, I have been considering different options to keep my heating bill down this winter. I had heard that IR heating is a cheaper way to heat a home then say portable ekectric heaters. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with these heaters and what there experience is.
You don't provide a lot of information about your house, your location etc.
Generally though, anything you do to decrease your need for the heaters is going to be a bigger help and there are a ton of things you can do for little or no cost to reduce your heating requirements.
Either heater type is basically converting electricity into heat, with some loss in efficiency. The advantage of the radiant heat is it will heat localized things up quickly, but if there is no available heat sink then the heating effect is lost as soon as the current flow stops.
The real issue with portable heaters is the cost of moving the heat. The most cost effective would be radiators that have a high mass (oil filled) and rely on convection only to move warm air. Then you're not paying for energy to run a fan, and the mass will retain much of the heat after the current is off. If however, your home is very drafty this will reduce the effectiveness as you'll just suck in cold air from all the leaks.
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