Infrared heating is a type of heating that uses electromagnetic radiation to produce heat. The radiation is invisible to the human eye but can be felt as warmth. All hot objects emit infrared light, which causes the object to warm up when it shines on something cool.
This principle is used in infrared catalytic heaters, which convert energy from gas or electric ignition into infrared radiation. The heater has a ceramic element that glows red-hot when activated. This element emits infrared light, which heats the surrounding air molecules and warms up whatever object it touches.
One advantage of an infrared catalytic heater over other household heaters is its efficiency. Since most of the energy produced goes directly into warming objects instead of wasting heating the air around them, these heaters use less fuel than traditional space heaters. They also generate less noise since there’s no fan required to move heated air around like in a convection oven.
Catalytic converters have been used in automobiles for many years to reduce emissions from exhaust gases by converting toxic pollutants into harmless substances.
How does infrared radiation work?
When most people think of heaters, they imagine the traditional space heater with a fan that blows hot air around. However, there is a newer type of heater that has been gaining in popularity in recent years – the infrared radiation heater. Infrared radiation heaters work differently than traditional space heaters in several ways. First, instead of heating up the air around them, infrared radiation heaters heat objects directly by emitting energy through invisible light waves.
This makes them much more efficient than other household heaters because most of the energy produced goes directly into warming things up rather than wasted heating the surrounding air. In addition, since there is no fan required to move heated air around like in a convection oven, infrared radiation heaters generate less noise.
Finally, unlike many other types of household appliances that use electricity, infrared radiation emitters run on natural gas or propane, making them cheaper to operate over time. As a result of these advantages, it’s not surprising that infrared radiation has become such a popular choice for home heating. Many people are now choosing this type of heater as their primary warmth source during colder months, at least partially due to its superior efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Installation tips for best results
When installing an infrared heater, there are a few things to keep in mind to get the best results. Here are some tips:
- Make sure the space you’re heating is large enough to accommodate the size of your IR heater. If it’s too small, you won’t be able to heat the entire area effectively and will wind up wasting energy.
- Keep objects that might block or deflect the emitted infrared radiation away from the heater. For example, do not place furniture directly in front of it, as this will prevent warmth from reaching all room areas.
- Install your IR heater, so its reflectors face inward towards whatever seating area or other zones you want heated most. This way, you’ll ensure that everyone gets warm without standing right next to (or even under) the unit itself.