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Infrared Heaters: The Answer to Winter

Updated on January 23, 2012

Infrared Heaters: Get Comfortable This Winter

Infrared heaters can provide quick, supplemental heat to make sure you are comfortable in your home even in the coldest weather.

On this page you can learn about some of the advantages of infrared heaters over other types of space heaters. You can also find some well regarded models to browse.

No matter which infrared heater, or any type of space heater you choose, be sure to become familiar with the care and operation instructions to assure you use your heater in the safest possible manner.

How Infrared Heaters Work

Infrared heaters radiate warmth from the infrared rays they emit. Objects and people that make contact with these rays are warmed. These heaters do not warm the air. Therefore, the warmth they provide is almost instantaneous.

However, some of the heaters on this page are also paired with fans or other heating technologies to provide a wider heating range. They can provide supplemental heat for entire rooms, very large rooms.

Infrared heaters typically have silent operation, although when a fan is added some noise is introduced although they are still quiet in comparision to most other space heaters. They emit no fumes, are energy efficient, and can help you reduce your overall utility expenses during the winter while keeping you noticeably warmer.

These heaters also offer advantages over fan forced models. They won't remove moisture from the air or disturb dust and allergens.

Some of the infrared heaters on this page generate quite a bit of light. If this is undesirable, then a model with a full cabinet can reduce this to a minimum.

Buying Tips

Need just a few tips when it comes to choosing the right infrared heater? Here are a few things to consider.

1. The power it offers. You can compare wattage and BTU heat. BTU is the acronym for British Thermal Unit; the way heat is measured, a unit of thermal energy.

2. Adjustable heat settings. Certainly being able to adjust the temperature based upon your needs is desirable in most instances.

3. The ability to distribute the heat. This is important if you have more than a single spot you wish to heat. Some of these devices offer blowers and some of them oscillate.

4. Safety. You can look for a model with a thermal cut-off to prevent overheating and tip-over protection. A model that is enclosed in a cabinet can be a good choice to assure pets and kids can't touch any exposed/heated surfaces. A thermometer can also help prevent overheating.

5. Other features. Another popular feature for these devices is a remote control. Wheels can be important on larger models, making it easy to relocate them.

Dr. Heater Dual System

This infrared heater from Dr. Heater operates at 1500 Watts (high), 1000 Watts (Low), or on Auto (automatically cycling between high and low) and provides 5,200 BTU heat. This 110V heater can be plugged into a standard outlet with the 3 prong plug.

This unit offers dual heating systems; quartz infrared tubes and PTC (ceramic stones) for the heat source. It offers temperature settings from 65 to 86 degrees and will heat spaces as large as 1,000 square feet quickly and evenly using a low noise AC blower (39dB).

This heater is safe around kids and pets. It's harder to tip over than many space heaters, the cabinet is only warm-to-the-touch, there is no exposed heating element, it is UL listed, and has overheat and tip over protection. This heater also features a remote control, caster wheels for easily moving it where you need it, a 72" cord, and an easy care filter that can be cleaned with warm water or a vacuum. It measures 16" x 13" x14" and comes with a one year warranty.

See the Dr. Heater Infrared Heater

Optimus

This heater is ideal for heating small spaces. It has 2 heat settings; 400 Watts and 800 Watts and can help hold down winter utility costs while allowing you to stay warm. It features a cool-to-the-touch housing, integrated carry handle, and safety features such as a thermal cut-off and tip-over safety switch.

This heater measures 6" x 14" x 15".

Comfort Zone

This flat panel infrared heater can provide supplemental heat in a bedroom, living room, or sun room. The radiant heat is a perfect spot warmer, providing heat to objects and people almost instantly. It oscillates 70 degrees to provide more overall warming of the space and provides two heat settings: 400 Watts and 800 Watts.

This heater has a durable metal housing with a safety tip over switch, and overheat protection. it operates silently but does put off quiet a bit of light as well. It measures 12" x 6.3" x 23" and can easily be moved from room to room as desired.

Soleus Oscillating Infrared Heater

This item features 2 heat settings (400 Watts and 800 Watts) and a 2 hour timer. It provides immediate spot heating and distributes the warmth around the room as well by it's oscillating movement.

Safety features include a low temperature surface to reduce the risk of burns and a tip over safety switch. This is a very energy efficient heater.

iHeater

The iHeater 1500 can heat spaces up to 1,500 square feet in size. It features a digital thermostat with 3 heat settings. It can be manually turned on and off or set to maintain a particular temperature automatically. This unit offers safe operation even around pets and kids. It has advanced tip-over protection and the wood grain cabinet is only warm to the touch.

This infrared heater isn't a spot heater. It is designed to heat larger spaces and does so gradually and evenly. In fact, it is designed to operate continuously rather than just on and off throughout the day. It comes with a one year factory replacement warranty and remote control. It very energy efficient and costs only pennies a day to operate.

The iHeater 1000 is designed similarly and will heat spaces up to 1,000 square feet in size. It measures 14" x 11" x 15".

See the iHeater

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    • smcopywrite profile image

      smcopywrite 

      6 years ago from all over the web

      these heaters sound wonderful. i use space heaters during the winter months for warming up small spaces. i will definitely look into buying one of these. great hub

    • irenemaria profile image

      irenemaria 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      We had two of these tube shaped heaters on a cold veranda with only curtains around. My goodness so lovely it worked!We could sit and visit as long as we wanted!

    • whitton profile image

      whitton 

      7 years ago

      These are great to have in addition to your central heating system. They are energy efficient, sometimes saving as much as 30 to 50 percent on heating costs. They also deliver draft-free heat with very little noise and eco-friendly! You also have some great product options of infrared heaters too!!

    • Jenny Calender profile image

      Jenny Calender 

      7 years ago

      We need something new, but want it to be safe with a toddler around. THanks for your info and images to help us decide.

    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Wish I'd read this article when I was looking for a space heater for Mom's bathroom. The room is spacious so the central heat doesn't keep it warm enough after a shower. We ended up getting a radiant type oil heater that seemed safe for a senior to use. Good info here for my next purchase.

    • Sandyspider profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Besides our wood burning fireplace insert, we have one of these too. Nice hub.

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