I have a 150 watt ceramic infrared heat bulb similar to this one http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-ReptiCare-Ceramic-Infrared/dp/B0002AQCPK that I use next to my desk to help keep me warm. It produces no visible light, only heat. Sometimes I have the urge to stare at it, can it hurt my eyes from the infrared radiation, similar to how looking at a regular light bulb can hurt your eyes? I am also interested in how these bulbs work, and the type of infrared radiation they give off if someone can explain it to me.
Alternative to this ugly heater outlet and online fabric stores [more inside]
Will adding a water tank to our propane heater help regulate the room temperature, or just suck up heat? [more inside]
What kind of water heater can I put under our bathroom sink to heat the water until the house water heater takes over? [more inside]
It's getting cold, and the heat in our newly-purchased but old house won't turn on. Can you help troubleshoot, or should we just call in a professional? [more inside]
Which is more efficient/economical to run: a baseboard heater or an oil-filled radiator-type space heater? [more inside]
I'm too stupid to program the heater in my house. [more inside]
Which costs more: keeping my thermostat at 69 all winter, or using an electric blanket and radiator-style space heater in one room? [more inside]
My landlord in NY claims that our heater must turn on when the temperature drops. If we wanted to prevent this, a technician would have to "turn the valves off" -- a cumbersome process that risks the valves later freezing and "popping" and steam destroying our apartment. True? Is this common? And if so, how can we deal with a too-hot room, other than by opening the window?
What is a good, small, inexpensive, energy-efficient space heater? Living in a leaky old house, we're starting to dread the approach of our first winter here. All we have is one crappy gas wall heater, this electricity-sucking system on the roof that pumps down solar-heated air, and a fireplace in the bedroom. We need more. (We're already going to seal the windows with plastic where we can.)