Monday, September 2, 2013

Portable Heat 101

Warm it up

Fall and winter usher in colder weather, drafty rooms and those dreaded high energy bills that come with keeping our fingers and toes warm. There are many steps that can be taken in a home or apartment to improve efficiency and lower electricity costs, but one of the simplest and most economical choices that can be made comes in the form of an infrared heater.  Weighing less than 20 pounds and standing 15 inches tall, it doesn't need a large space to live.  Today’s infrared heat technology differs from traditional, electric energy-hogging space heaters in so many ways.  The advances made within this industry in just a few short years is astounding.  Just consider these facts:

- Infrared heaters use 30-50% less energy to heat areas up to 1,000 square feet
- Safe for the whole family since a wooden cabinet, not metal or aluminum, houses the
  heating elements
- Infrared heaters are environmentally friendly
- Heat an entire room in peace without loud humming or background noise
- Deliver a deeper heat without drying out the air and irritating respiratory systems

The benefits of infrared heat are very clear, but what makes it better than the more common and traditional methods used by so many today?  That’s a great question and one that people usually ask before they buy a portable infrared unit to compliment their existing heating solutions.  There are three types of heat utilized in today’s modern world: 

1- Radiant 
2- Solar 
3- Infrared

Radiant heat is used in much of the world today and relies almost entirely on the combustion of fossil fuels.  As a result of requiring the use of depleting natural or manmade resources, efficiency is often taken for granted and costs tend to be high. 

Solar heat is a cost-effective and economical way that works for a small portion of the population.  Unfortunately, solar radiation entails both good and bad forms of radiation.  While the radiated heat from the sun certainly warms your skin, it can also burn or damage your skin if not filtered or protected against.

Infrared heat utilizes the safest form of radiation without any of the risks or high costs listed above.  Safe, cost-effective and efficient portable infrared heaters push a natural heat into the room that is absorbed by furniture, flooring and the human body.  This therapeutic heat has been proven not just to warm rooms but also to ease muscle and joint pain, increase blood flow and improve flexibility.  In fact, infrared heat is so effective that millions of Americans have made small investments into infrared saunas to compliment their healthy lifestyles.  Infrared heaters are safe and do not use a flame or emit harmful fumes.  The heat stays where the owner wants it and the unit is simple to set up and operate.  Most users report that their reduced heating bills paid for their unit within the first few months.  Why wait?

We can't control the weather, but we can manage the cost it imposes on our budget.