The Pros and Cons of Infrared Fireplace Inserts
I first noticed the inclusion of quartz infrared heaters into the design of electric fireplaces and inserts at the beginning of the 2012 heating season.
From a marketing perspective, expanding into the electric fireplace product line is a no brainer given the popularity of quartz infrared heaters in general.
But are infrared inserts just a gimmick, or do they provide additional benefits not found in conventional inserts?
Superior Heat Quality
If you already own an infrared heater you don’t need to be convinced that its moist, even heat creates a more comfortable environment than the harsh, arid heat that comes from an electric coil heater.
And if you’ve never experienced the difference you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you do. high gloss funiture
More Powerful Heater
The typical electric insert comes equipped with a standard electric coil heater rated at 4,600 BTUs, or the equivalent of 1,350 watts.
A quartz infrared heater, by comparison, is rated at 5,200 BTUs, or 1,500 watts which works out to 10% more heating power.
And, since it has a radiant heat source that directs its warmth to inanimate objects such as funiture, which retain heat, it uses less energy to maintain the room temperature.
The identical flame display is used for both infrared and non-infrared inserts of similar sized models within a brand name’s product line. For example, the same SpectraFire flame display is used in all of Classic Flame’s 28″ models.
Although the flame display quality isn’t an issure for the purposes of this article, it’s understandable why it would be more important than the type of heater for some consumers
By the way, the reviews I’ve read for the Classic Flame SpectraFire flame display have been good to outstanding.