Not all of us studied physics in college or high school and for quite a number of those who did probably don’t remember all the principles of heat involved. In all honesty, most of us find the science and math involved too tiring to grasp. So we get to a tech shop and purchase an infrared heater to solve one of the problems that will never leave mankind in peace- cold. Before, making a point of researching about infrared heaters, I was somewhat ignorant like most folks. As long as the insides of my house, as well as my body, felt warm the math and physics involved can be left to the geeks. I bet nine out of ten people, if not all never wonder how much electricity an infrared heater consumes. It is information that most of us find irrelevant to us or simply unnecessary. Contrary to this, understanding how much electricity your heater uses is the first step to knowing how much it costs you to run it and consequently what to consider should you decide to purchase another one. No rocket science is involved in knowing how much electricity an infrared heater uses. Besides, having such information works to your advantage more than you probably think it would.
Why Should You Know?
Most people run away from convection heaters due to the high bills involved in running one. Therefore, it is important to know how much electricity the alternative, infrared heaters, use then weigh your options.
Like all other equipment or machines, infrared heaters come with certain ratings of the energy they consume. This is usually indicated in Watts, like 100W or 500kW. Understanding how much electricity your infrared heater uses will help you or your electrician know the supply voltage essential for it. This, in a non-physics language, simply means that you will be able to know if your source of electricity will supply enough current or if it will supply too big a current that would spoil the infrared heater.
In addition, knowing how much electricity your infrared heater uses will help you plan your finances right. If you know how much electricity is used then it simply follows that you know the electricity bill to expect at the end of the day, week or month. With this information, you can plan ahead or be able to account for electricity consumption where the heater is used for commercial purposes.
Even more important about this little knowledge is the fact that for first time buyers you’ll get to choose an infrared heater ideal for you.
How Electricity Is Consumed
Without adding too much physics jargon to it, this is how electricity helps the infrared heater to work. Once you plug the infrared heater to a power supply, an electric current flows into the infrared heater. This current flows through a heating element in the heater. This may be tungsten or another material depending on the brand of your infrared heater. Once the element heats up it then radiates this heat energy which is absorbed by any solid body that is found at the radiations path. Depending on the make of the heater or the heating material used, the amount of electricity needed to optimally heat the element varies.
Quite simple- electricity heats up element then the element radiates heat that heats up anything solid in the path of the rays.
How Much Electricity?
In order to understand how much electricity an infrared heater uses, it is important to know that infrared heaters, like other electrical appliances, come in different ratings. Ratings are measurements of how much energy is needed to run a machine, usually determined by the manufacturer.
Ratings are usually indicated on a label affixed near the power cord. You can also find some in the infrared heater manual that came with it during purchase. The size and type of infrared heaters vary with the purpose for which they were manufactured. While the most common ones are those made for heating up room at home or generally in buildings, some are intended for manufacture or industrial usage. As such, infrared heaters can have ratings as high as 1500 Watts to as low as 100 or even 40 Watts.
Simple math can help you understand how much electricity your infrared heater uses an hour or a day and consequently how much money you pay for that. To do this, you first check the rating of your infrared heater. This can be found in the various places mentioned above. Once you have the rating, check the amount of electricity equal to one watt or kilowatt and how much it costs. This information can be found in any electrical bill or statement. Once you have all this simply multiply the three and get the final value which how much it costs you to pay for the electricity running your infrared heater.
Taking the 1500 Watt heater as our example, it takes roughly 25 cents to run such a heater for an hour. If this heater runs for ten hours a day then this amounts to 75$ a month.
Therefore the math goes, the higher the infrared energy consumption rating the more the electricity used and the higher the bill but you get to warm your feet and hands and everything else you feel like.
Why Infrared Heaters Are Worth the Electricity They Consume
According to experts, Infrared heaters work more efficiently than other conventional heating machines or mechanisms. Their output has been estimated to be 86% which is higher than what other machines offer. This means that of the energy put in the heater, most of it is emitted out as heat energy with a very small percentage being wasted.
As if this is not impressive enough, infrared heaters use 60% less electricity to give the same results as that provided by a convectional heater. Therefore, a 300 Watt infrared heater will use only 40% of electricity of what a 1200 Watt convectional heater would to produce the same amount of heat.
If you need an infrared heater for your room or living room then one with a rating as low as 400 Watts will suffice. With such a heater no staggering bills will be expected.
Now You Know. So What?
I bet you now feel like an enlightened tech guru like I did after learning how much electricity my infrared heater uses. Get your planning underway by checking your heater rating and doing the simple math involved.
If you do not own an infrared heater now you know what to consider when making your purchase. With this information you can make an informed decision that will work out for you and your financial plans.
Now that you know how much electricity your infrared heater uses you can keep warm with some extra knowledge.