Are Infrared heaters worth it? I mean really worth buying compared to cheaper heaters?
In our house, we have a home office situated half way up our garden and I wanted to get some decent heat in there. It’s got two computers and we also bring the Guinea pigs inside it for Winter. What we ended up buying was a floor standing infrared panel heater. We looked at dozens of infrared heater reviews (and this helped us to write about on the best ones here) before going ahead.
So can I say it was worth it, getting one? Yes, infrared heaters are most certainly worth it. Here’s why: 1: They don’t give off stuffy heat that blows around the room (i.e. not good for asthma sufferers), 2: They are cheap enough to run, 3: There are different types – and some of them stay relatively cool to touch while ceramic plates inside warm up, while others have Quartz elements that glow Orange – and 4: In our experience from our own purchase, the infrared panel heater made it so that you could walk in to the office and it was “just nice” and took the edge off an otherwise freezing cold space.
Ultimately it’s really not expensive to run at all compared to other forms of heating.
Here is a really great explanation video (under 2 minutes) for infrared heating from herschel heating.
So in my quest to find out about infrared heaters I found out the following:
They are better for people with breathing issues
- There’s nothing better than being able to warm up your body when you’ve been outside, but if you’ve got any dust allergies or breathing difficulties, you’ll know that fan heaters are not really ideal. They do blow fine dust particles around, so anything with a fan isn’t ideal. Central heating is nice and snuggly but can make breathing worse for many people (can’t beat fresh air circulating round!)
Suffering with Asthma is no fun. There are numerous triggers in your home. So if you can get rid of one trigger (dust) then it’s always a step in the right direction.
- When the weather turns colder, many Asthma sufferers struggle as the central heating is turned on and dust mites enjoy the warmth of the air, but on the flip side, damp cold areas are no better for breathing issues.
Just another reason really why infrared heaters make so much sense really.
The running costs of infrared heating (Are infrared heaters expensive to run?)
- More cost-effective than traditional electric convection heaters – It can be as high as 75% MORE efficient than most typical room heaters!
It comes down to how well the room is insulated compared to older less well insulated houses and rooms.
You can use our own custom made calculator here (opens in a new window) to work out the wattage you would need from an Infrared heater in a room or space.
- If you were to run an infrared heater right through winter you can expect to save as much as TWO THIRDS of the cost.
- A typical electric convection heater would cost as much as 15p per kilowatt hour whereas an infrared panel heater would cost around 5p per kilowatt hour.
- The obvious benefit of this is that you only need a heater that is 2 thirds lower (in terms of power) to get the same output as a higher rated electric heater. So for example a 500 watt infrared panel heater would deliver the same heat as a 1500 watt electric convection heater.
Is an infrared heater better than electric?
Let’s weigh it up.
- You get calm relaxing heat instead of stuffy radiator heat that takes all the moisture out of the air. Electric convection heaters cost more money to run too!
- It is designed to maintain a constant temperature instead of you needing to turn up or down convection heaters
- For ceramic infrared heaters, they wont burn your hands, unlike an electric heater or central heating system.
- It is WAY more cost-effective!
Summary of findings:
Our calculator will help you work out what size of heater you need to get in order to heat your room.
- Infrared heaters will be one of the most cost-effective heating options you can consider. They can be as stylish or standard as you want in terms of design aesthetics.
- They’re better for people who have breathing issues.
- They can be portable, but normal heaters can also be portable too!
- They are completely safe.
So, are infrared heaters worth it in your opinion? Do you own one and what have your experiences been with one? I’d love to know about it, so please do leave me a comment below.