A halogen heater is device that produces heat by using halogens, when plugged into an electric current. Unlike other electrical devices that produce heat through coils and heat conductors, these heaters use halogen elements enclosed in lamps or bulbs to provide a direct source of radiant heat or energy. Halogen-2 heaters are mainly of two types: Oscillating heaters, which have a fan that propels air within the heating system, enabling it to get heated and finally blowing it out of the system. The other type uses blowers that expel heated air from the system. Halogen heaters come in different sizes and shapes depending on their functions.
These sizes range from small, medium, large to extra-large. Small sized heaters are mainly designed for smaller rooms or homes while the application of larger ones tends to be in larger homes, offices or houses. Their design is also dependent on function in that, the design of a storage heater is totally different from that of a conservatory unit. This equips each heater with a customized ability to deal with its own problem. Before purchasing a halogen heater, several factors should be considered. These include:
I. Energy efficiency
Halogen heaters are designed to improve energy efficiency by using light from infra-red regions and converting it to radiant heat. Halogen heaters use less energy compared to other electrical heaters. They are said to utilize 85% of all the input power by converting it to radiant heat. This makes them excellent focal heaters, in that they can heat an area they are facing quicker through radiation compared to other electric heaters, which heat through convection.
For example, if you want to heat your feet, the halogen heater focuses most of its heat to the legs and not the area around it. Electric heaters tend to warm the air which circulates through the entire room including areas where the heat may not be required such as the ceiling. Halogen heaters heat faster, further reducing energy consumption. They use large bulbs with a low overall energy consumption compared to bulbs of the same sizes used in other non-halogen products.
Halogen heaters produce clean Eco-friendly heat that does not pollute the air. This reduces emission of gases the cause greenhouse emissions whose consequences are linked to forest fires, rise of ocean levels, melting of mountain tops etc. They don’t produce smoke or carbon monoxide gases that are hazardous to our health or dusty air that affect people with allergies.
Halogen heaters possess quartz that provides the heaters with a shock resistant capability reducing risks associated with electric shock. Unlike They also they don’t get heated up as they generate radiant heat. Their rear side remain cold to touch no matter how high the temperatures are. Most electrical heaters possess a coil that becomes red hot when heated while the halogen heaters use safe radiant energy that possess little or no threat to vulnerable people or animals such as children and pets.However some get heated in the front side which may be dangerous. They are still, however, the ideal solution to safety as they rarely start fires even when tipped over.
The smaller size of halogen heaters equips them with a portability advantage. They can easily be moved from one point to the other without much hustle. Usually, the size of a halogen heater is proportional to the amount of heat generated. Small heaters tend to produce little radiant energy appropriate for small rooms, while larger ones are effective in warming large rooms. Larger households that require heating spread throughout the home are more effectively heated using central heating systems that heat the air which in turn warms the whole room or house. Halogen heaters that produce radiant heat with a small focal point therefore become ineffective in such scenarios. This can however be solved by purchasing larger halogen heaters with heat adjustable properties.
V. Affordability/ cost
Due to their efficiency, halogen heaters tend to be more expensive compared to conventional heaters. Their expensive nature is also associated to their durability, low serviceability and cost effective nature. Larger and more durable heaters are more costly compared to small and less durable heaters.
VI. Quick on/off response
Unlike other heaters that use thermostats to control room temperature, the heating element in hydrogen heaters is a bulb whose tungsten filament gets heated to immediately result in production of the desired radiant energy. A reverse function of turning it off is also instant because it turns off the filament ceasing production of radiant energy. This makes the halogen heater ideal in emergencies that require warming of chilled persons or objects.The electric heaters on the other hand produce heat or cool their systems gradually. Some halogen heaters are fitted with built in timers that enable them to automatically turn on or off at preset times. Others are fitted with “Frost watch” settings that enable them to turn on or off in case of freezing temperatures. These additional features however come with increased cost of the heaters.
Halogen heaters are equipped with halogen that ensures a long usage life. They have the capability to maintain a constant energy emission throughout their lifetime. The bulbs in these heaters use fused quartz to provide the high radiant heat making them last long. The halogen cycle also makes the halogen heaters more durable compared to the incandescent light bulbs by preventing the sides of the bulb from getting discolored translating to a maximum production of luminous energy.
VIII. Flexibility and controllability
Hydrogen heaters are easy to use or install in homes. Their heaters can easily gather and disperse light and heat by use of mirrors and lenses to other areas that require the radiant heat. They are known to use very simple systems to provide high efficient heating in homes. They are adjustable and can produce the desired amount of heat; low, medium or high. Some large halogen heaters are fitted with wheels which makes them easy to move around the house.
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