You may have used an electric heater in the past to supplement your heating supply, so just how do infrared heaters compare to electric ones?
First of all, electric heaters often use a fan to distribute heat around the room. An infrared heater does not need a fan. This is because electric heaters rely on convection currents. The air is heated up in front of the electric heater, and then in order to move the air out into the room, it is necessary for the heater to have a fan to expel the warm air away from the appliance so that more air can be heated in its place. Infrared heaters, on the other hand, use infrared light rays to heat up objects directly in front of the heater and no fan is required as the light travels through particles in the air, much like the rays of the sun. This means that an infrared heater is very quiet in its operation in comparison to an electric heater.
Because the electric heater has to heat up the air and then circulate it around the room, you can find that it takes a while for the air to warm up in the room. If there is a draught, the warm air will escape from the place where the cold air is coming into the room. You will also find that the warmth can escape through air ventilation too. With infrared heating, you don’t need to worry about this as the infrared waves warm you up directly instead of warming the air. Less energy is wasted and you will feel the effects immediately.
Electric heaters warm up the air, and as a result, all moisture is quickly dried up. This can leave you feeling as though you have a dry throat and sinuses and in general the air can simply become unpleasant to be in. In comparison, an infrared heater will not dry out the humidity in the room so you will be able to enjoy the feeling of being warmed up without having to sit in a dry atmosphere.