It’s winter in Far North Queensland. Some can handle the mercury dropping below 20 degrees, but if you’re like me – once it drops below 25… I’m freezing. We have had some cold nights and needed to whip out the trusty heater to combat the chill factor. In fact, data shows that households are using about 16 per cent more electricity overall during this pandemic than at the same time last year, due to working from home. But with using a heater comes the issue of the cost to run it. These costs can deter people from turning it on or even buying one in the first place.
One of our favourite Australian companies, Andatech, has decided to offer a solution to the problem of staying warm and cosy without the high cost.
Their Ionmax Ray Heater is almost half the cost of reverse cycle air conditioners. They’re also one third of the operating cost of space heaters!
Heaters that use Far Infrared thermal waves (like the Ray Heater) are very economical to run, but they’re also healthier. It does not circulate or produce hot or warm air, so it will not dry out the indoor air or reduce humidity and oxygen. It also won’t spread allergens, add anything to the air in general, or create static electricity.
How do they work? Let’s get into the science.
First let’s establish why Far Infrared Radiation waves are important for heating. In summer, windows let these waves from the sun enter our rooms. Floors, objects, walls, you name it, warm up and emit FIR waves that our body feels as heat. In winter there is less FIR radiation from the Sun, so the floors, walls, objects etc are colder and do not give off the same amount FIR radiation.
To put it in a different way: FIR radiation is what makes rooms feel much warmer in summer than they do in winter, even though the rooms could be the exact same temperature.
The key to this heater is that it emits FIR radiation, replacing the heat that is normally missed in winter. It heats objects, not the air, like other heaters do. The minute you turn on the Ionmax Ray Heater, you will feel the warmth. There’s no standing eagerly right next to the heater to feel warm, no waiting half an hour or more to be able to walk around the room and remain warm. And THAT’S why we recommend this heater.
Jaka Exstrada, product specialist at Andatech, puts it well when he says, “When working at a table or desk in one room or part of a room, it’s the people who need to keep warm, not the whole air mass.”
Other types of common heaters are not as cost effective because they heat up the space and not the people. More heat is required to do so, therefore more electricity is required, and this results in the higher costs to run them.
Some other features we love:
- The heater is portable and has a handle so you can pick it up and put it right down wherever you want. Want it by the couch? Easy! Want to put it next to the crib so your little one can stay nice and cosy? No problem!
- The design of the heater allows for it to move downwards 10 degrees and 30 degree upwards if you choose. It also has an auto swing of 70 degrees and a 60-degree manual rotation.
- Parents don’t have to worry about the safety of this heater as it comes with an in-built child lock, overheat cut-off, tilt-off protection. Not to mention the 10 hour auto switch off, letting you go to sleep without needing to wake up and turn it off yourself.
- The control panel lets you set a timer (one hour increments up to nine hours) and choose your desired level of heat with setting from 200W up to 1200W.
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