Hey Guys, been trying to google this answer for a while now, figured I'd post in here but it's been a long time. Had to reset my password, I forgot it. What a nice new site too, I kinda miss the brown old site but I'll deal with this... I don't have a choice right?
What the heck is the difference between a general purpose electric heater and a high efficiency heater? According to thermodynamics, energy is conserved and I'd assume that's true no matter what. Wouldn't any heater have the same efficiency? If I plugged a resistor into my outlet at home, that should output the same power right? In fact, most "high efficiency" heaters have an LCD and a fan... I would think these are less efficient than a general purpose electric heater. I'm calling a general purpose heater one of these "ceramic" heaters like this
I am calling a high efficiency heater one of those big box things with the infrared in the front like this. You know, the things with the infrared element in the front.
Any ideas which is "better"? Obviously ceramics are far cheaper to purchase. Does infrared somehow create more heat than ceramic per watt? No way according to my knowledge of physics. Is this just a gimmick? Could I just plug a resistor into my receptacle and get the same amount of heat out assuming the resistor is sized right? Both heaters come with thermostats and weak little fans. Ceramic heaters never claim any efficiency while the radiative ones have the word efficient all over their descriptions. I don't get it at all, maybe someone here could explain it to me. It's impossible to find an answer to this question on google; all I get is advertisements for buying them.