The Principle of Infrared Heating Technology
WHAT IS INFRARED LIGHT?
To understand light and radiations, it all comes down to one keyword: wavelength. Every object on earth emits radiations covering the whole light spectrum (xrays to infrared). What makes the difference is which part of the spectrum is optimized. Infrared lamps give most of their energy in the infrared portion of the spectrum. This explains why infrared light is invisible (it does not put energy in the visible light part of the spectrum). Infrared radiations have a longer wavelength than visible light. The higher the object’s temperature, the shorter is the wavelength. Therefore, an object emitting infrared light needs to be cooler than a standard incandescent lamp. This goal is reached by selecting a different filament material: standard bulbs use tungsten (that heats up to very high temperature) when infrared lamps would use quartz.
HOW DOES INFRARED RADIATION HEAT YOUR BODY UP?
An infrared heater does not need contact to transfer its energy to another body. It is simply a transfer of energy from the device to your cold body. When the energy has transferred to your chilled body, your cells absorb it and start vibrating. The vibration allows the cells to liberate into your blood all the waste materials they were carrying. This is the detoxifying effect that warms you up from the inside, as your blood circulation is dramatically increased. In conclusion, infrared heat uses the body’s own natural heating system, which makes our heating solution such a pleasant soothing experience.
IS INFRARED LIGHT DANGEROUS FOR YOUR BODY?
No. Both infrared and ultraviolet waves are in the sun’s light. It is the ultraviolet waves that cause sunburns and damages skin. Infrared light is totally harmless and is even commonly used in hospitals to treat babies.
WHY WON’T YOU BURN YOURSELF WITH OUR OUTDOOR PATIO HEATERS?
Our patio heaters are totally safe for two reasons. First, our heating products use infrared light, which generates heat only when it hits your body. Second, the quartz bulb is protected by a screen, which ensures you don’t have to worry about access to it by children. Just enjoy the warm environment it creates!
WHY IS IT BETTER TO WARM UP YOUR FEET RATHER THAN YOUR HEAD?
Have you ever had freezing feet while seated right under a gas patio heater? Yes, this gives an uncomfortable feeling of your head boiling while you still need a coat thrown on your legs as they won’t warm up. The biological process of thermoregulation can easily explain this whole situation. Thermoregulation designates the human body’s ability to keep our vital organs at the right temperature, even when outside temperature is way below (or above) normal value. In order to keep our vital organs running, our organism concentrates all the heat energy to the chest area, where your most important organs are. Doing so, the organism has to reduce the blood flowing to its extremities. That is why, whenever you are cold, you feel it first at your extremities (such as your hands, feet and nose). Cold extremities particularly concern women because they tend to have more blood circulation problems than men. Thanks to thermo-regulation, the remaining heat is optimized until it circulates up and evaporates through the head. Therefore, you do not need a heater directed towards your head, but rather towards your extremities! Our Infrared Patio Heater is the right answer: it focuses on your legs and hence provides you with real comfort. The infrared light stimulates your body’s own natural heating system. Gradually your whole body feels warm. It enables you to really indulge a growing passion for an outdoor break, even during those chilly days – and evening.