There is much debate as to whether or not Infrared Heaters actually do
lower the heating cost of your home, and perform as efficiently as
advertised. Although the Infrared Heater cannot totally replace your
home's existing furnace, it does actually help to lower the overall cost
of heating your home. The main thing to consider is the size of house
you want to keep warm with an Infrared Heater. Most models are rated to
heat a 1000 sq foot area, and they achieve this rather efficiently. An
Infrared Heater can heat that size of an area in 10-15 minutes.
The way that Infared Heaters allow you to save on heating costs is that when you are using one, you do not have to keep your furnace on at a high temperature, which requires much more power than an Infrared Heating unit does. Also, furnaces that run on oil are really hurting consumers in the pocket book because of the rising price in costs. That is why lowering your thermostat by approximately 3 degrees, and placing an Infrared Heater in a central location in your home will definitely result in lowered heating bills, because the furnace does not need to run as long.
Infrared Heaters are also very energy efficient, because none of the heat that they produce is wasted. They heat the surrounding area by emitting thermal energy waves that are absorbed by the materials around it. This is the same process that the Sun utilizes to heat the Earth, and results in practically no heat being wasted at all. The Infrared Heater heats the room evenly from floor to ceiling, while most standard electric heaters allow the heat they produce to simple rise to the ceiling. Infrared Heaters are also great at spot heating certain areas that you and your family spend most of your time in. This allows you to run your furnace at an even lower temperature because you are keeping the area that receives most of your family's attention, like a den or finished basement, warm and comfortable.
Overall, Infrared Heaters really do live up to their reputation as being an efficient energy saving solution to heat your home with. They can help save you money on your heating bills because they help eliminate some of the stress that is placed on your furnace during the long, cold winter months. Although the initial price of a high quality unit, around 250-300 dollars, seems rather high, you'll be able to pay for it during just one winter season with the money you save on your bills.