Do Infrared Heaters Work?

Summary: Wondering how an infrared heater works? Infrared heaters work just like our great sun, producing invisible light spectrums called infrared rays that provide instant heat to any person or object it reaches. However, it is also different from the sun in such a way that it does not release high levels of harmful ultraviolet rays. Infrared heaters are proven to be more efficient in terms of cost and energy conservation.

How Do Infrared Heaters Work?


You may have encountered or heard about infrared heaters from somewhere or someone but don’t really have an idea about how it really works; you may only know about how convenient or efficient it is as what most people say but at the back of your mind, you’re still wondering what makes it better than the old types of heaters. Well, this article focuses on that. First off, an infrared heater differs from conventional heaters in many ways. It also works differently. How do infrared heaters work differently from conventional heaters? An infrared heater works like the sun, it has invisible infrared rays that carry heat which are easily absorbed by people and objects. That’s one reason why it is more convenient since by heating objects and people directly, it saves a lot of time and energy as compared to conventional heaters that warm the air and heat does not go directly to that target. With old heaters, the warmth that gets to a person or an object is sometimes already lessened because some of the heat might have been blown away or carried by the air to another area. Infrared heaters are not like this; no time is wasted in using them because the heat is maximized by those who need it.

There are basically three types of heating; and that is convection, conduction and radiation. As we all know convection is heating by the movement of air or water. Conduction is heating by conducting heat from one object to another. Infrared heaters work in neither way because they function with radiation to provide heat. In a radiation type of heating, molecules absorb the electromagnetic waves, which is another term for infrared waves used by infrared heaters. The electromagnetic waves that are being absorbed provide heat to the molecules of an object. Just like how the sun heats us up when we are in direct contact with its rays, infrared heaters work this way as well.

Infrared heaters work using internal heating materials, depending on what type of infrared heater it is since there are many types of infrared heaters available today which can cater to different needs of the consumers. One good example of an infrared heater is the quartz infrared heater which uses tungsten or copper wire inside a quartz crystal tube. In this type of heater, electricity will pass through the wire inside and then generates heat that will be contained in the tube; which in turn makes the heater release heat into a room and making the objects that are in direct contact with the waves warmer. Other types of infrared heaters use different internal heating materials, and it all depends on the purpose or intensity of usage.

Infrared heaters also have a thermostat, wherein the heater will automatically stop heating when it already reaches the desired temperature that the user has programmed. This is another great feature of an infrared heater because users can be sure that they get just the right amount of heat they need; no more, no less.

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