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Thread: how do you stay warm in garage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivoryring View Post
    I'm curious on this too, as my understanding (certainly could be wrong) was that IR heats people and to a lesser extent dark matte objects but is less effective for light or reflective objects and doesn't heat the air itself.
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    I was interested in this low energy consumption option as a way of keeping the space above freezing for the purpose of the chemicals, but also for even quicker heating up via my torpedo heater, plus warmer tools with less condensation issues.

    Please feel free to elaborate on wattage realistically needed and any other details you care to share. Thank you.
    We have one of the Edenpure ones, have had it since 2007 and it is still going strong.
    Keeps our entire upstairs of the house damn comfy all winter on 1/3 setting. On 1/2 I can't sleep because of the heat, and it is at the other end of the house from our room.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivoryring View Post
    I'm curious on this too, as my understanding (certainly could be wrong) was that IR heats people and to a lesser extent dark matte objects but is less effective for light or reflective objects and doesn't heat the air itself.
    Sort of. The infrared directly heats through radiation, which is best absorbed by dark surfaces and anything containing moisture (like people and other critters). Whatever absorbs that heat then warms the air through convection and secondary radiation. And of course the IR source also generates convective heat.

    The air would eventually warm up, but just not as quickly as heating the air directly.

    If the goal is to keep breathing things warm, IR is the first choice and far more efficient than heating the air, which then heats the critters. Exactly like a microwave is more efficient than a conventional oven.

    But if you want inanimate things warmed up, yes: you have to heat the air.

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