Many homeowners have set goals that revolve around decreasing monthly bills whenever possible. Taking steps to make a home more efficient is a great (and common) way to work towards this end goal. As we head into cooler days, you may be looking forward to turning your cooling system off and ridding yourself of those high summer energy bills. But, unfortunately, with fuel and gas prices constantly on the rise, you may not see the reprieve in your winter bills that you had hoped for with standard heating systems. Finding an alternative heat source for your home is a great way to save money on monthly energy bills and make your home more efficient. Some alternate heating options include; geothermal heat pumps, pellet stoves, solar heating, under-floor heating, and infrared heaters.
Why are Infrared Heaters effective?
Infrared heating is a great alternate heating option for several reasons, which we will discuss. But first, let’s breakdown what infrared heat actually is.
- Infrared is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum and it is a form of radiated heat.
- It’s 100% natural, and it is actually the same type of heat we as humans absorb on a daily basis.
- Some examples of daily infrared heat we encounter are – UV rays from the sun, heat we gain from being close to others or in large groups, and the heat we absorb from a fire.
- It is a basic principle of heat transfer that heat moves from hot to cold spaces. When we are colder than our surroundings we absorb infrared heat, and when we are warmer than our surroundings we radiate infrared heat.
- Since we as humans naturally absorb infrared so easily, it is the most effective and comfortable way to provide our bodies with heat.