People often ask ...

What is the difference between radiant and Infrared heat?

Radiant heating energy is in the form of electromagnetic waves.
Infrared radiation (IR) has a wavelength that is longer than visible light, however shorter than microwaves, ... The Infrared energy travels through space and converts to heat energy when absorbed by you and surrounding objects.     ""

Does Infrared use a lot of power?

Infrared heaters running will use as much electric as a conventional space heater of same wattage per hour. However, what makes Prestyl Infrared heating panels more efficient is in how they operate.
  • Infrared heats objects not the air, no air losses from open doors.
  • Infrared does not use fans, no wasted energy operating fan.
  • Infrared stores heat energy in objects and do not need to operate the entire 24 hours in most situations. More energy savings.
  • Infrared heat, from ceiling mounted panels, heats the floor, so your heat is now radiating from floor to ceiling and not from ceiling down as with traditional heaters.

How much does it cost to run an Infrared heater per day? 

Cost per day depends on your local energy costs, outside temperatures and your insulation.
Formula:  ___ watts x ($ rate/hr) x 24 hours/1000KWH 

1100 watts x ($.079/hr) x 24 hrs/1000kwh = $2.08/day
$ 2.08/day /24 hours = $.0869 per hour
Average cycle time 8 to 16 hours per day [$.69 to $1.39]/day

1100 watt heater  = $ .0869/hour at ($.079/hr)            or $ .121/hour at ($.110/hr)
  750 watt heater  = $ .0593/hour at "                         or $ .083/hour at "
  400 watt heater  = $ .0316/hour at "                         or $ .040/hour at "

Do Infrared heaters heat a room?

An Infrared heater can heat a room in a fraction of the time it takes using other, more traditional methods of heating. This is because the heater does not heat the air, it heats objects. This not only allows you to stay toasty warm during the coldest part of the year, it also saves you money on heating costs. 

Are Infrared heaters more energy efficient?

Infrared heaters are more energy-efficient that other space heaters. They use 100 perceent of the heat they produce which creates almost no loss in heat transfer to zone heat at a low cost .... They are also considerably safer than other types of space heaters since the heating coils do not become ultra hot.

Are Infrared heaters any good?

Infrared panel heaters use radiation to heat the room instead of convection, ...Electricity is expensive, so electric heating is often considered an uneconomical option, but by transferring heat more efficiently, panel heaters can provide a good alternative to conventional central heating systems.

Are Infrared heaters dangerous?

Is Infrared radiation a safe heat source. Prestyl Infrared Heating panels produce NO harmful pollutants, such as particulates (soot), hydrocarbine, carbon monoxide, ozone, lead, and various oxides of nitrogen.
Far-Infrared is by far the most efficient and healthy heating method available.

What are the differences in Infrared? Near vs Far?

Infrared is a range of light frequency emitted from the sun.. Near Infrared is at one end of the spectrum and Far Infrared is at the opposite end. Near Infrared is a fast [wave length] frequency which does not penetrate tissue. Far Infrared is a slower [wave length] frequency which allows it to penetrate skin and muscle tissue.
> Heat lamps are Near Infrared which is visible light and can get extremely hot.
> Prestyl Infrared panels are Far Infrared which is invisible light and do not reach high temperatures.

What are the benefits of Infrared Heat?

Far-Infrared heat raises the body's surface temperature.  Heat helps increase circulation, which may benefit people who suffer from circulatory issues. Infrared heat increases surface blood flow without increasing blood pressure, by promoting dilation of the blood vessels. A further benefit of heat is improved flexibility.

Do Infrared heaters dry out the air?

Other heaters that circulate warm air through a fan often heat the air, reducing the oxygen in the room and reducing the amount of humidity in the room.
Infrared heaters require no oxygen from the room, and they often reduce the need for humidifiers during the winter, as they do not dry out the air.

What are the harmful effects of Infrared?

First, the harmful effects are refering to Near-Infrared. The human eye is sensitive to all radiation, including infrared.  IR raises the internal temperature of the eye, virtually "baking" it.  Prolonged Near-IR exposure can lead to cataracts, cornial ulcers, and retinal burns. The infrared radiation in the sunlight damages the skin.

Is Near-Infrared harmful?

Near-Infrared waves are short and not hot - in fact you cannot even feel them =  which is what makes them particularly dangerous to susceptible tissues, such as skin and eyes.
> Skin exposure to IR provides a warning mechanism against thermal effect in the form of pain.
> Eyes, on the other hand, may not feel pain.

Are Infrared lamps dangerous? How hot do they get?

The plywood in a storage areas will auto-ignight (in spectacular fashion) at 400*F. Your standard 250 watt infrared heat lamp bulb can reach over 480*F, which is enough to make these other wise inert materials flame up.