What is Infrared?

 
Infrared heat is invisible light with lots of energy.  When the "light" hits an object, heat is created.
  • No energy is wasted by heating up the air.
  • Infrared is immediately available when you switch it on.
  • You can also focus or direct the heat.

 

Infrared energy is transported using Radiation. It is the most effective manner in which to transport energy since you don't lose any of the energy.  

Infrared lies just under the visible light range beyond the "Red" end of the visible light spectrum. These wavelengths are longer ("infra") than waves in the visible light spectrum. The longest of these wavelengths is Red. Hence the name "infra red". Even longer-wavelengths in the Infrared Spectrum are called "Far Infrared", which therefore also explains why you may hear this term.

 Radio Spectrum

The Benefits of Infrared heat

This means that:

  • You can use our heaters in open spaces such as patios, large buildings, braai areas and restaurants.
  • It provides instant heat within a second - No need to warm up the area as with oil heaters and air cons.
  • You save electricity by switching it on when you need it and off when you don't. Think of it as a light bulb - There's immediate light when you flick the switch. Even Eskom recommends IR Heaters (Click Here)
  • It does not dry out the air.
  • It is much more economical than LPG gas and under floor heating. Anyone who uses LPG gas these days can attest to the skyrocketing costs!

The 3 types of Heat

 

 

3Types of Heat

 

Conduction - is the transfer of energy through matter from particle to particle.  For example, a spoon in a cup of hot soup becomes warmer because the heat from the soup is conducted along the spoon.

Convection - Convection is the transfer of heat energy in a gas or liquid by movement of currents. (It can also happen is some solids, like sand.) The heat moves with the fluid. An example is an airconditioner heating the air in a room.

Radiation - Electromagnetic waves that directly transport ENERGY through space. Sunlight is a form of radiation that is radiated through space to our planet without the aid of fluids or solids.The energy travels through nothingness! Just think of it! The sun transfers heat through 93 million miles of space. Because there are no solids (like a huge spoon) touching the sun and our planet, conduction is not responsible for bringing heat to Earth. Since there are no fluids (like air and water) in space, convection is not responsible for transferring the heat. Thus, radiation brings heat to our planet.

When radiation from Infrared heater hit an object (walls, ceilings, floors, interior objects), the rays cause molecules they strike to oscillate. In other words, all objects in a room become heaters.