Infrared Heating: Introduction

Edmonton Homeowner’s Guide to Infrared Heating

infrared heatingDuring the onslaught of a frigid Edmonton winter, it is imperative to come up with an alternative or a backup heating system just in case your furnace goes bonkers in the middle of the night. One of the most affordable and efficient sources of additional heat is infrared heating. But you cannot easily head to your nearest Edmonton hardware store to buy their on-hand infrared heaters without first knowing the model that you can afford and knowledge of the wide array of selections to choose from. The following will give you a glimpse of the various infrared heaters out there.

NEAR INFRARED

A common Edmonton infrared heater is the “IRA” or near infrared. They happen to be bright and illicit short waves. Heat lamps like this one can generate temperatures around 1300 degree Celsius. It can go higher with the addition of the red light that is also deep and visible.This device has a quartz emitter that has a reflector and keeps the heat’s concentration in just one part of the room. You can also use fuel to power this kind of heater, or perhaps utilize natural gas or propane. The fuel heats up a steel tube that glows, becomes very hot and generates the necessary infrared heat.

However, an infrared is not advisable for human use unless its position is some distance away.Having a device that generates 1300 Celsius is simply too hot to be anything but comfortable. When such a device comes near humans, you can experience a list of health complications that do not limit itself to dry eyes, headache, bleaching of your iris, and a lot more. If you expose yourself to near infrared heat for a long time, it is proven to damage your skin as well as your eye tissues. Other kind of heaters,like the far and medium-wave infrareds, show no undesirable effects.

And since near infrareds have such deep permeating effects, it has some proven benefits in the fields of health and medicine too. But despite that, the experts only recommend using near infrared heaters in brief doses, and you must wear heavy duty eye protection to limit its adverse effects in you. It has also been effective in treating some skin conditions, and you can use a variant of near infrared heaters as a night vision goggle.

Going back to its disadvantages, it has a shorter life span than the remaining two types of infrared heaters. It relates to human’s wrong way ofusing it when they utilize it to produce heat in a public place, like a tailgating party outside that makes it tubes and bulbs cycle far too often. If these heating components always turns on and off, they’ll likely break down sooner, Quartz and similar infrared heaters are more useful in circumstances like this.

MEDIUM INFRARED

Another kind of infrared heater is a medium infrared heater. It is capable of producing a much lower temperature than a near infrared, which is only around 500 up to 800 degree Celsius. You can usually come across this kind of radiation amidst industrial processes since it is perfect for smelting or even other glass blowing purposes. It is interesting to note that the medium infrared heater is the same kind of light that heat seeking missiles are after when detecting the exhaust fumes of another aircraft.

A medium-wave infrared heater’s components are quartz or carbon and are primarily useful in obtaining operating temperatures faster than other variants. A wavelength application comprises of manufacturing like curing glues and even the welding of plastic, curing a print toner, coat a PVC pipe, in grilling and preparing food.

In public places, a medium infrared heater heats up both commercial and public places. Just like a near infrared’s use in heating up tailgating parties in outside venues, a medium–wave infrared is an affordable alternative. You can put these medium infrareds much closer to people, aside from being highly efficient when it comes to energy consumption. The heat it generates is far less potent than near infrareds and does not put the health and well-being of the general public at high risk. So, you have the assurance that your eyes and skin is safe around medium infrareds. Lastly, you also no longer have to contend with the bright red light near infrareds are associated with.

FAR INFRARED

Edmonton far infrared heaters or IRC or long waves work best at wavelengths of around 3,000 nanometers. This type of infrared heater is favored by most Canadians since they work at a much lower temperature, around 100 degree Celsius and minus the visible red light as well. The components of far infrareds are nickel and ceramic, which are both long lasting.

Because of their significant lower temperatures, they are perfect for Edmonton homes, commercial, and even public heating. This technology is present in state-of-the-art saunas since it is capable of generating heat to make you sweat but low enough to keep you comfortable.

Its 100 degree Celsius temperature is significant among infrared panels since it allows it to function at a low temperature,and you can enjoy the benefits of saving energy offered by this type of technology. If a certain panel is much higher than 100 degree Celsius, it does not have the same low watt input that is fundamental among energy efficient far infrared heaters. Hence, some panels in the UK needs adjustment or else they will consume more energy in contrast to its description in the box. But for the rest of Canada and US residents, they can utilize their far infrareds as soon as they take it out of the box.

A SIMPLE GUIDE TO HELP YOU DETERMINE THE BEST KIND

Now that you are fully aware of the fundamental concepts of the three usual kinds of infrared heaters, it is the perfect time to determine what model is perfect for your needs. For example, if you own a:

  • Big open space to heat, be it inside the house or outside;
  • Not used that often, hence its constant cycling does not shorten its life;
  • Have enough space to store the unit out of reach of anybody, or mounted somewhere far off;
  • The risk of exposing your eyes or skin for a long time.

Thus, you are looking for a near infrared. It is a common apparatus among saunas, or you can opt to put it in your barn or shed. But if you:

  • Have a big open place to heat;
  • Frequently use the heater, results to frequent on and off cycling;
  • No space to mount it somewhere far from crowds, but close enough for access.

You will greatly benefit from a medium-wave infrared heating. They are also perfect for similar places like sheds and barns but differs in a way with its frequency of use. For instance, garages or body shops. Lastly, if you have a typically small place to heat and ensure that your heater is close enough to people, a far infrared heater is what you are looking for. These are the ones that are common among Edmonton homes.

About Dwight Gropper

Dwight Gropper is the President of Air Conditioning Edmonton, which specializes in heating, air conditioning and plumbing installation and repair services. For same day 24/7 service, call 780-800-7010.