Standard Versus Far Infrared Heating

What is infrared?

Infrared is a scope of wavelengths on the electromagnetic spectrum.

What are the types of infrared?

There is a wide range of infrared wavelengths, however; the two main types are the Standard Infrared (near infrared) and Far Infrared.

What is the difference?

Far infrared heating is a somewhat new technology. The waves are longer than the standard infrared waves which create a powerful yet safe, beneficial effect on human skin and objects resulting in a comforting thermal heat whereas standard infrared heats only the surrounding air.

So what are the pros and cons of each heating option?

Standard Infrared

  • Standard infrared heaters give off a blinding, orange-red glow.
  • The coils become exceptionally hot which is a potential hazard for users; particularly children, elderly and animals.
  • Traditional heaters have the ability to fall over and cause serious damage if not fitted with an automatic emergency ‘off’ switch.
  • Standard heaters release extreme heat of 1200°C which can cause people close to the source to become overheated, burnt and can cause eye damage, however; people and objects further away from the heat may not benefit at all.
  • Sitting or becoming too close to the heat is likely to cause headaches, sinus problems, dry/itchy skin and irritation of the eyes.
  • Although the intense effect of this heat can produce therapeutic benefits, it must be known that these benefits are only reached when using the heat for a small amount of time using the appropriate safety equipment such as protection for the eyes.
  • Many standard heaters have a short life-span.

Far infrared heaters

  • Stylish and sleek, they come in a variety of designs that are versatile and portable.
  • These heaters are simple to install and require no maintenance.
  • Far infrared heaters work instantly; they warm you and the furniture in your room quickly and comfortably.
  • This technology is specially designed for both commercial and domestic use; it radiates comfortable temperatures of around 100°C.
  • Perfect for the home, work or outdoors.
  • They are silent so they do not cause any distractions.
  • Heat is transmitted evenly and is reflected by the polished metal exterior, creating a natural, comforting warmth.
  • Healthier than alternative heaters; far infrared heaters are perfect for allergy and asthma sufferers as they do not pollute your room.
  • Far infrared has been proved to provide many health benefits including improved blood circulation, increase of oxygenation and regeneration of the blood and it can boost one’s metabolism; it is often used in therapies, saunas and care homes.
  • Far infrared heaters only heat people and objects in a room; they are 100% environmentally friendly.
  • They produce zero visible light; zero damage to eyes.
  • Highly energy-efficient; they heat immediately and remain at a constant, comforting level of warm radiation.
  • Long life span compared to traditional heaters.

The benefits of far infrared heaters are clearly abundant; they are not only safer than standard heaters, but they are more energy-efficient; saving you money and providing you with a comfortable warmth that is both natural and beneficial to your health.