Electric radiant heaters have become a more popular form of heating over the past couple of years. They are designed to save on wasted heat, reducing heating costs considerably compared to conventional heaters.
As the name suggests, the electric radiant heater works by radiation, whereby the heat is projected on to a solid object, most often a person. This allows a more targeted and focused supply of heat even when the room is at a very low temperature rather than heat produced by convector heaters which simply spreads heat around the room, and may be wasted.
These heaters radiate heat by sending out infrared rays. These rays travel through air, and only turn into heat when they come into contact with a surface, resulting in minimal wasted heat and making them much more economical. Electric infrared radiant heaters are multifunctional in that they are able to emit a subtle, warm light, which can also be of use to the owner. This means electric radiant infrared heaters may be considered more efficient than standard space heaters that heat the air.
Electric radiant heating is simple to obtain from the use of an electrical heat source, as the heater can be simply plugged into a socket. Electricity is becoming increasingly popular for these types of heaters, as opposed to fossil fuel alternatives, as the heater does not produce loud noises and does not have to be cleaned after every use.
Portable Electric Radiant Heaters
Given the electrical aspect, most electric radiant heaters are portable. Although they can be quite large in size, portable electric radiant heaters are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use as they are easily transportable.
Electric Radiant Floor Heating
Though portable electric radiant heaters are the most common, many rooms in the home and commercial buildings are now being fitted with electric radiant floor heating, also known as underfloor heating. These heaters can operate as a form of central heating throughout the whole of a small house or flat by laying a sequence of mats underneath the laminate, stone, or tile floor. The wires then produce electric radiant heating, which heats up the floor above, while leaving the wires cool.
The temperature of these underfloor heaters can be regulated with thermostats, which heat the floor to the owner’s desired temperature. The temperature is then maintained for as long as the electric radiant floor heater is switched on.
Electric Radiant Heater Running Costs
One obvious benefit of the electric radiant heating is the low costs of running these heaters, as they do not heat unnecessary areas of space and only produce heat to warm the objects needed. However, this does not reduce the efficiency of these electric heaters, as these appliances can warm people even when the door to the outside is open. They have also been compared to the efficiency of the sun because of their ability to provide instant heat.
Electric radiant heaters are ideal for any area of the home, particularly for under floor heating in the kitchen and bathroom. Both fitted and portable variations are also ideal for business use. As heat is often lost in large warehouses, the use of radiant heat provided by these heaters counters this problem.