Natural Science – Global Warming

While some would call global warming a theory, others would call it a proven set of facts. Opinions differ vehemently. Let us consider global warming to be both a premise that the environment of the world as we know it is slowly, but very surely increasing in overall air and water temperature, and a promise that if whatever is causing this trend is not interrupted or challenged life on earth will dynamically be affected.

The prevailing counter opinion is that all that is presently perceived to be global warming is simply the result of a normal climactic swing in the direction of increased temperature. Continue reading…


Health Science – Nasal Congestion

Does your nose feel stuffed up and congested?  The annoying feeling of nasal obstruction is related to the humidity and temperature of inhaled air. There are findings that suggest sensory feedback from nasal airflow which contributes to the sensation of congestion. Researchers can use this knowledge to design and test treatments that are more effective for this familiar symptom of nasal sinus disease.

Usually caused by infection or allergy, nasal sinus disease is one of the most common medical conditions in the United States, afflicting approximately 33 million people with over $5.8 billion in healthcare costs annually. Continue reading…


Are Essential Oils A Safe Alternative For Your Family

These days, essential oils continue to receive mainstream attention. This makes you wonder whether they are really safe for your family or if these oils are simply fads made popular by misguided health advocates.

Well, considering the labels of many household products such as bath soaps and toothpastes show the inclusion of toxic ingredients, what have you got to lose? Keeping your home free from germs is something that essential oils are good at. Thieves essential oil blend, for example, is great for disinfecting toilet seats, doorknobs, and other surfaces. Believe it or not, these properties also make it a great essential oil for your hair.

Here are some other things that make a case for essentials oils:

Essential oils are ideal home cleaners

Essential oils offer cost-effective ways to concoct your own cleaners and disinfectants. They are not only safe, but they are also fragrant and have higher quality than chemical cleaners.

Many essential oils are high in antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. They help fight infections, protect the body against diseases, and relieve pain. These advantages also make them the perfect addition to your household cleaning preparations. Some of the oils that are great for cleaning are eucalyptus, grapefruit, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree oils. Compared to ordinary household cleaners, they won’t cause irritations and other harmful effects to your family.

Essential oils are great for cooking

If you want to add flavor and everything nice to your dishes, then why not give essential oils a room in your spice cabinet? Essential oils such as peppermint, lemon, basil, and nutmeg have rich aromas that can add a sumptuous kick of flavor to your meals.

To make the most of the culinary benefits of essential oils, you just have to be creative. You may want to add a drop of lime to your fresh salsa, for example. Or add some lemon to your favorite grilled fish! Basil and oregano are also great for creating homemade pasta sauce. As you can see, the use of essential oils in cooking is practically limitless.

Essential oils are perfect insect repellents

Most insects can’t stand the smell of essential oils, making them the perfect insecticide. Some oils can even kill small insects! Oregano, for example, has been known to drive away and kill species of flour moths effectively. Using essential oils as insecticides reduces your family’s exposure to harmful chemicals. They are also safe to use around your pets.

To create a natural insect repellent, soak a cotton ball on eucalyptus or peppermint and place it next to your food, bed, plants, or anywhere in your home. You may also make a spray by adding the oils to water in a spray bottle.

Essential oils provide the best air freshener

Get rid of your toxic air freshener and opt for the natural aroma of essential oils. Apart from being fragrant, essential oils can either be stimulating or soothing when diffused in the air. Diffusing essential oils such as lavender can also purify the air inside your home of unwanted odors and airborne irritants. With essential oils, you are not just making your house smell great, but also cleaning indoor air.

Your family deserves better. Do them a great favor and get rid of those toxic household products, and replace them with essential oils like lavender, peppermint, and thieves oil. If essential oils are not safe for your family, then I don’t know what is.


Baby Steps to a Greener Future

It’s time for us to admit it. Our actions in the past have resulted in our beautiful Earth changing into a filthy, dying planet. Humans are destroying the Earth, leading to things like pollution and ultimately, global warming. Human involvement is responsible for destroying thousands of ecosystems and have extinct thousands of species along the way. But the good thing is, it’s never too late to change our path to restore our Earth to a “greener” planet that can flourish once again.

The greatest impact that humans have on the environment is the release of the exhaust of our daily transportation. Yes, we rely on our vehicles to get us from point A to B because they are so convenient. But, convenience comes with a price. Motorized vehicles are the largest contributor to the pollution in our air. Ever wonder why large cities are shadowed by a cloud of smog? That’s the mind-blowing amount of air pollution created by the great number of cars. In cities like Shanghai, China people are influenced to wear air masks or respirators to protect themselves against the polluted air.

Air pollution can be very dangerous to our health. It can affect the development of the lung in children, which can lead to early childhood asthma, and it can produce many other respiratory effects in children and adults. Air that is filled with pollution also have been associated with areas of heart problems, including heart attacks. The most polluted of air can even lead to the development of cancer cells within our bodies.

Children especially are vulnerable to the effects of air pollution because their lungs are still in the growth and development stages, and because they spend more time outside, and intake more air than average adults. Exposing young children to polluted air can have life-damaging effects and should always be taken seriously. I don’t know about you but I strongly believe it is time to take action and reverse the cycle of terrible air quality.

Small improvements turn into a great impact
None of us have the power to restore the world by ourselves. The famous saying goes, “think globally, and act locally.” It means to be aware of the large scale issues, and act in a realistic manner that will be beneficial and potentially influence others.

Obviously, the world’s population isn’t going to suddenly stop driving fuel-oriented vehicles because it’s what we use every day and totally electric cars are only on the horizon of the technical future. But simple things like carpooling to your soccer games, taking the bike to university instead of driving, or using a longboard as a form of transportation are all ways you can eliminate your carbon footprint and lead our Earth to a brighter future.

If you live close enough to work that you don’t absolutely need to drive, try investing in one of the great Sector 9 longboards or look into the other best longboard brands out there. Riding a longboard is a great form of transportation because it’s so small and convenient. It can be used to get to from point A to B in a fast manner but still be small enough to carry under your arm. Not only is it great for the Earth because it releases absolutely no harmful emissions, it’s an awesome form of exercise as well. If even one in ten people starting riding a longboard to work instead of driving we could reduce our carbon release by a great amount.


My Father Is Dying From End Stage COPD

My father is dying from end stage COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. My mother died last year from a similar cause.

When I was a girl, both my father and mother were heavy smokers. As I look back on it, it seems just about all the adults in our neighborhood smoked. Sadly, we were children brought up in homes that were highly unhealthy. Research has shown second hand smoke, especially when inhaled by children, is extremely dangerous. And yet every kid in our neighborhood breathed in second hand smoke every day.

I remember how bad the smoke got when we would go on trips in the car. During the winter months the windows would all be rolled up and still both of my parents would smoke in the car. At times the smoke got so thick that it was hard to see the front seat from the back.

Do you remember going into a restaurant back in the 70s? By that time a few restaurants had no smoking sections, but it hardly mattered. There was such a heavy pall of thick blue smoke that hung over the entire restaurant you couldn’t even smell your food.

Remember when smoking was allowed on airplanes? Even though only the back of the plane was reserved for smokers, the whole plane reeked. It was especially bad when you had to get up and go to the restroom; all the bathrooms were located behind the smoking section. Even the flight attendants often complained about the amount of smoke they were forced to breathe.

It is sad that my father is suffering with end stage COPD. Even though he is on a breathing device he is still constantly uncomfortable. Often when he starts coughing it will last for several minutes. He will shake his head and say to me: “Baby, don’t ever start smoking. It’s not worth it.”

Not only is smoking a vile habit, but everything associated with it is filthy. Growing up, the ashtrays in our home were always filled with smelly cigarette butts. Ashes were often strewn across table tops. In public people would flip lit cigarettes out of their car windows. Not only were these people littering, but many forest fires were started by this lack of caution.

I remember a really nice man who lived on the next block over. His name was Mister Smythe and we used to sell him Girl Scout cookies. He was a friendly old guy and loved it when we would bring him his boxes of cookies. It was a real shock when I learned he had been burned to death after falling asleep on his couch with a lit cigarette in his hand. I was only twelve years old.

How Smoking Leads to COPD

Since Dad is now living with us I have to help him get to the doctor’s office. As a result, I have learned a lot about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. I have also received a lot of good information off the Internet.

I have learned that COPD is almost always caused by smoking. It normally occurs after the age of 40 and smoking is responsible for 9 out of 10 COPD deaths.

In its early stages, Dad’s symptoms were not so serious. He developed a smoker’s cough — a sort of deep, wet nagging hack. He started to notice a shortness of breath when he played golf. Mom said he developed a wheeze at night. He occasionally complained about tightness in his chest.

As it got worse, he started having difficulty catching his breath. He lost weight and his heartbeat grew faster. The doctor noticed swelling in his feet and ankles; his lips turned a grayish blue. All of these are symptoms of oxygen deprivation.

You see, smoking causes the tiny air sacs in the lungs to lose their flexibility. In fact, the walls between these air sacs are often destroyed. The lining of airways become swollen and inflamed causing them to make more mucus which blocks healthy air flow.

Learning How To Care For A COPD Patient

I have learned a lot about respirators, inhalers, air purifiers, and a whole host of other machines that breathe, cough and make funny noises. One of the most important things I learned was how to perform CPR. My father’s doctor insisted I take a class in CPR if Dad was to live in our home. If you would like to learn CPR, there are really good web resources in the internet.

When everything is said and done, here is my suggestion to you: If you smoke, stop. You may be young and think you’ll be able to stop before the deadly smoke does permanent damage. The truth is you will probably keep smoking.

I hope you never have to watch someone you love die from end stage COPD. I love my dad and I loved my mother. It has been agony to watch them suffer so severely — especially over something as stupid as a cigarette.


How Living Walls Improve your Environment

Living walls are a beautiful way to improve the environment of your home. You can also use them on the exterior of your home to help cool and beautify from backyards to condo balconies. Living walls are created by planting a solid wall of greenery and can be combined with any assortment of plants you desire. From herb gardens to healing walls and succulents to ivies plant walls are becoming a desirable addition to both homes and commercial spaces.

Eco-Friendly Living Walls

Living walls are an eco-friendly design detail as they can assist in producing oxygen rich air in your home. Plants are amazing because they work as air filters removing toxins and providing fresh clean air. They are of benefit to assist in providing a stress free environment as greenery has a calming effect which in turn can actually lower your blood pressure. They help keep air quality healthy and comfortable and can improve issues resulting from allergens in the home from itchy, watery eyes to dry, irritated skin.

Adding eco-friendly exterior plant walls to your home can actually reduce your energy consumption lowering your energy bill. In the summer months they can reduce the temperature of your home by as much as 10 percent and also act as a natural insulator during the winter. You can even lower the sounds of urban traffic by as much as 40Dbs as well as remove tons of carbon monoxide by installing a living wall on an exterior wall or on a fence facing a busy street.

Heat Island Effect

Many people are unaware of the negative affect the combination of asphalt, buildings and traffic have in a city. Together during the hot summer months they create what is known as the heat island effect. All of these factors collectively raise the temperature of urban centers. Living walls can actually help provide a cooling effect in urban centers. The more buildings that install living walls the better effect it will have on the city’s environment. In fact green walls can help reduce the heat island effect by as much as 15 percent and improve air quality using their natural filtering abilities. You can even lower the temperature of your garden by planting a living wall for a cooler place to relax in the heat of the summer months.

Healing Walls

The beauty of living walls is that you can elect to plant whatever you like. You can look to plants that have healing qualities such as aloe and clary sage which are commonly used in lotions for dry skin, sunburn, insect bites and burns. You can include plants that provide aromatherapy such as lavender. Plants such as Rosemary not only smell wonderful and taste delicious but aid in healing due to their antibacterial properties. Lemon Thyme can aid with tummy troubles and peppermint can aid with headaches when brewed as a tea. Peppermint oil can also soothe dry skin and other skin irritations.

Fresh Herb Walls

If you love cooking you can also elect to install a fresh herb wall in your kitchen, garden or patio. An herb wall is not only lovely, but fragrant as well. You will have access to fresh herbs all year round and can dry herbs and share them with family and friends. You can plant fresh mint for mojitos, fresh basil for fresh bruschetta and homemade pesto and tarragon as the perfect pair with chicken dishes.

Lovely Gardens Anywhere

Gardens offer a touch of nature in the most unexpected places. Living walls allow you to enjoy a garden even on the smallest property. From condo patios to tiny urban yards you can create lovely, soothing, cooling green walls that bloom in the summer providing a stunning back drop in the most unlikely urban spots.


Saving Mother Earth – How People Can Save the Planet this Year

A long time ago, a very influential man named John F. Kennedy made a speech about how everyone around the world had to live and work together because there is only one planet Earth, and we all have to do our best to take care of it. Kennedy wanted the world to have peace, and unfortunately his ideals lead to his early death at the hands of an assassin in 1963. However, Kennedy was right, and everyone should do what they can to clean up the world and help protect the planet, and here are some ways in which that can happen.

Easy Ways To Do Your Part

  • Saving water: Every year, people spend about 25 thousand gallons of water every year every time they step into the shower. Showering can help save water if people take shorter ones, and doing things while taking showers like turning the water off while people soap up their bodies and put shampoo in their hair, can also make a big difference in how much water is used. Also, if people do turn the water down to make the force of it lighter, then they will be saving hundreds of gallons of water every month.
  • Stay away from disposable items: People like to use something like paper plates and plastic cups because it is easy to take them out, use them, and then toss them into the trash without having to do things like wash dishes by hand or run the dishwasher. However, paper plates and plastic cups are actually adding to the trash problem that the world has, and doing things like taking the time to use regular plates is actually the more environmentally-friendly option.
  • Recycle everything possible: When people think of recycling they instantly think of things like newspapers and junk mail, but many other things in the world can be recycled. Bigger bulk items like car rims can actually be recycled too because they are made of metal, and also, there is even a new type of Honda factory building things like Civic car rims made from recycled materials. By recycling their garbage, and using perishable garbage like peels, rinds, egg shells, and coffee grounds as compost, people will be actually throwing away a lot less than they used to.
  • Use bicycle power: Everyone loves to drive, but gas-powered vehicles can cause pollution, and with the price of gas these days, but there are other modes of transportation that people can rely on including the bus, subways, and even riding bicycles. People who choose to ride bikes are not only doing their part to care for the planet, but are also going to get in really good shape from all the exercise they will be getting. With the weather turning warm now, people are going to want to spend more times outdoors anyways, and a bike is a great way to do that.

There Are Many Ways People Can Care For the Earth

Like the famous John F. Kennedy said, there is only one planet that all of its inhabitants have to live on and take care of. However, there are some very specific ways that people can do their part, and by doing things like taking shorter showers, stop using disposable items like paper plates and plastic cups, and by trying other modes of transportation, people can do wonders for the planet. People also need to remember that their children are going to need a place to live when they reach adulthood, and no other planets are colonized at the present. Though it may seem difficult or a major inconvenience to sort trash and recycle items, the truth is that it really does make a big difference when it comes to keeping the environment clean and the planet healthy for thousands of years to come.


The Benefits of Sustainably Grown Fruit

There are many ways of growing fruits, and traditionally, most companies have always been focused on producing as many fruits as possible. Such was a natural goal at least on a short term economic basis. The equation was very easy to understand—more fruits means more profit.

But the traditional ways of growing fruits has proven to be problematic. For one, the emphasis on profit may have tempted some fruit companies to ignore the rights of its workers for just wages and safe working conditions. Companies may have also used too much chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and these products may have triggered unintended consequences as well.

These chemicals may have endangered the health of the farm workers, caused some health problems for their customers, and even damaged the environment. But these concerns may be addressed by incorporating the concepts of sustainability in growing fruits, which offers a lot of benefits all around:

1. It protects the environment.

While in the past some companies may have scoffed at “tree-huggers” as impractical idealists, many of them are now singing a different tune. It turns out that protecting the environment is a crucial aspect of profitable business.

By polluting the environment, the soils which the companies used to grow fruit are becoming less productive, and that can affect their bottom line. Now the old practices which used to improve production but damaged the environment (such as massive deforestation, overuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, genetic modifications, and excessive waste production) are now being abandoned for more sustainable methods.

The wisdom of this investment in sustainable farming has become more apparent now that the consequences of irresponsible farming have shown themselves.

2. It protects the consumers.

One of the main reasons why “organic” fruits (which are fruits grown through sustainable means) have become more popular is that they have absorbed far less dangerous chemicals and pesticides than their conventionally grown counterparts.

Everyone knows that chemical pesticides are dangerous, and overexposure to such chemicals have affected the health of workers. But they are obviously dangerous to ingest as well, and conventionally grown fruits have absorbed a lot of these chemicals.

Studies have also shown that organic fruits retain much of the substances that make them healthy for people. Evidence has been uncovered that shows these organic fruits contain more nutrients and antioxidants. Part of the reason for this is that industrially produced fruits are picked unripe, and then are ripened artificially. This process decreases the levels of nutrients such as vitamin C in the fruits.

So every time you buy a fruit for its health benefits, you may want to consider buying organic fruits instead. For example, the graviola fruit has a lot of wonderful health benefits, and it is also known to help fight off cancer. Yet its cancer-fighting abilities may have been reduced or even eliminated if it was not grown naturally at all.

It may not even be worth it to buy graviola fruit for the taste if it is conventionally grown, because the taste will have been affected by the chemicals it has absorbed. In fact, your health may be harmed instead of improved when you buy conventionally grown fruits.

3. It protects the farm workers.

Finally, sustainably grown fruits have been cultivated by workers which have been granted their basic rights. Now you don’t have to have your conscience troubled by thinking that you are enjoying fruits grown by unfairly treated workers. You can rest easy knowing that they also enjoy fair wages and safe working conditions while they worked hard so you can enjoy the “fruits of their labor.”


Let’s Chat About the Barefoot Culture

Have you ever heard of Toms? Well, Tom’s shoes have a day where they promote walking around barefoot. This is called “One Day Without Shoes.” They advise all of their loyal followers to walk around barefoot for one day to relate to those around the world who do not have shoes. This is a great marketing campaign, and it causes us to think a little bigger about the issues around the world.

However, what if I told you there was a “counter-culture” of people who choose to live there live without wearing shoes. The culture has been a bit sporadic, a lot of times people get judged for their choice to go barefoot everyday, year round, in their lives.

One example was a Russian immigrant named Samuel Sugarman in the 1950′s. Sam lived in Hartford, Connecticut. We were infamous around town because he wouldn’t wear shoes year round, even while playing sports, in ice or snow.

Survival. He was very well known on the show because he would go into every survival situation without wearing shoes, or even just playing tennis. Not only that, but he actually lives his life without shoes and has for the past 20 years!

Going barefoot does have its appeals, but it can also be harmful if the right precautions are not taken. Going barefoot in the cold or snow can cause frostbite. Additionally, even if the weather conditions are fine, there is still a risk of hookworm, which can be very uncomfortable. It’s pretty common in the modern era to wear shoes to protect us from wounds given from rocks, nails, glass etc. However, if you go your life without wearing shoes, your feet build up a tolerance to the outdoor conditions.

It does have to be noted that our cave dwelling ancestors went millions of years without wearing shoes. So it is certainly more natural for us to go without shoes. In fact, some people even believe that shoes harm the natural habit of our feet. There have been tons of studies that compare modern humans to 2,000-year-old skeletons, and they basically concluded that before the introduction of shoes, humans had much healthier feet than they do now. Additionally, there have been studies that concluded that children who wore shoes were much more likely to develop flat feet than those who didn’t wear shoes. So we can clearly see where there has been an arguably negative effect on modern feet that only occurred after the intervention of shoes.

Overall, the choice is clearly yours. Most of the people who would be reading this have been brought up in a culture where people wear shoes to protect our feet. However, there is certainly a counter culture of people in the world who might be benefiting from the benefits associated with forgoing the use of shoes to protect our feet.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to drop us a comment!


EMT Community Day

As a young adult or parent, you probably have noticed the difficulty that most children face growing up in today’s culture and environment. Activities have transitioned from outdoors to indoors, teens are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, and the close community that once was a shelter for these youth has now become a group of loose ends with no clear ties. This type of model needs to change, and it needs to change fast. One of the most promising ways to reestablish a community in your area and to coax teenagers and children into a healthier environment is to show them the possibilities and opportunities that exist outside of the home. There are a number of ways to do this, such as to introduce them to outdoor activities, volunteer services, and possible career choices. In terms of possible career choices, you want to introduce them to a model, or someone that they look up to. This particular post will delve into this endeavor for those that are interested in medical field role models.

The Right Community Role Model

Choosing the right role model for your community’s youth can be very difficult. Kids need someone that they can look up to, whose qualities they can identify with, and someone that reflects a personality that one would wish upon themselves one day. One particular community role model that is an excellent choice is an EMT or paramedic. These individuals have many outstanding qualities that can help the youth in your community establish a healthy and environmentally conscious outlook.

Community Health

Every day, an EMT is credited with saving a life. These emergency care service providers embody the meaning of health and wellness. Their goal is to care for individuals through focusing on the health and wellness of that person when relocating them to a hospital. Sometimes, they perform CPR, carry individuals into the ambulance, offer support and a sense of calm, and track the individual’s level of heath and ensure that everything will be ok. In order to bring your community together and to inspire the community’s youth, consider introducing them to an EMT, explaining the responsibilities of an EMT, and even introducing how an EMT can help them in the future, should such a situation arise.

Get the Community Excited

This particular section applies more to children and teenagers, but one rad way to encourage your community’s youth is to host an event and see if you can get an emergency care service to introduce themselves and to bring an emergency vehicle with them. Young children will immediately be interested in the vehicle, the lights, the responsibility involved, and the outfits of the EMT’s and paramedics. In addition, you can ask the EMT’s to do a presentation about their job to introduce the community to a different type of career and maybe even inspire them to pursue a career in the field. This type of event would also work well during a “Career Day” in your community.

The Environment

Another way that introducing your community to an EMT’s career and job duties benefits the community is that it can also lead to a more environmentally conscious community. This can be done by having the EMT introduce the main types of environmental problems that cause accidents. Making your community aware of these issues can protect the environment and even create a safer community.

Overall, there will clearly be individuals interested in the EMT career path, and directing them is easy. There are an abundance of resources available online, many of which detail exactly what the processes are and how one can succeed.


Are E-readers And Tablets A Green Option?

There’s a fair bit of debate, which can sometimes get quite heated, about whether or not e-books, e-book readers, and tablet computers, are better for the environment than traditional paper books.

The headline news with e-readers and e-books of course is the fact that they don’t use paper. No paper means no dead trees, rather obviously perhaps. It also means that the chemicals, dyes, and energy used in the paper production process aren’t required.

What is equally important, and possibly a little less obvious, is the fact that e-books, being digital rather than physical products, don’t need to be delivered by road, rail or air freight. As a rule, transportation of physical books more than doubles their carbon footprint.

On the other hand, e-readers and tablets both consume materials and energy in their manufacture and both need to be transported to the end user. That’s a “one off” event of course – but both devices also require electricity in order to function.

E-readers use special e-ink technology displays which are both excellent for reading on and very energy efficient. Most e-readers will go for several weeks on a single battery charge, so it’s not a major consideration.

Tablet computers are a slightly different proposition. The best value tablets have increased in power over the last few months which, coupled with their touch-screen color displays, means that they use a lot more power. You’ll be lucky to get a few hours out of a tablet computer, even if you’re just reading books rather than playing games or watching video.

Obviously it’s not a simple equation; it will depend upon how many new books you read each year and how often you tend to replace your e-reader or tablet.

However, even if you are able to make a reasonably estimate of your own usage, it’s still hard to find exact numbers of the “breakeven” point where e-readers and/or tablets become the most environmentally friendly option. I’ve seen estimates as low as 14 books per annum to make the e-reader greener, but I’ve also seen estimates as high as 50 books.

Based upon the slightly higher power usage, I would have to guess that the breakeven point for tablets will be a little higher than that for e-readers.

Personally speaking, I don’t have much doubt that an e-reader is the best option for me. I tend to read about a book a week, and I don’t replace my e-reader all that often.

I’ve had my current Kindle 4, the basic entry level model, for over two years now. I would guess that e-reader owners tend to replace their devices a lot less frequently than tablet computer users do.

Unlike tablets, readers are fairly simple devices, so there isn’t the same advance in power and functionality every year. As long as you’re happy with your reader – and I certainly am – there’s a lot less reason to upgrade.

I can certainly imagine using my basic little Kindle for at least another couple of years yet – so I think I’m bound to be better off, in environmental terms, than reading traditional dead tree books. I also have a lot more space in my house as there are no piles of books about the place any more!


The Most Energy Efficient Types of Space Heaters

heaterSpace heaters are one of the best devices you can use to warm your room with no need to turn on the thermostat. These portable and small sized heaters are suitable in almost all areas in the house as long as no situated near flammable materials. When used in conjunction with your entire home’s heat source, these space heaters could possibly reduce your electricity bill significantly. Although such devices also take up electricity, the tradeoff will actually result in total savings later on.

Space heaters are available in various forms like the radiant or infrared space heaters as well as the convection and combination type. These are pretty cheap, so buying one does not mean emptying out your wallet. But then, before you go out and make a purchase, it is highly recommended that you take some tine to learn about the different types of space heaters since this will help you make an informed decision.

Different Types of Space Heaters

Space heaters come in a variety of forms and it is vital to know about each type to determine which one suits your needs best. Here are some of them:

1. Infrared or Radiant Heaters

Radiant or infrared-type heaters are among the most affordable option if you wish to heat a small space with inadequate insulation. These heaters provide warmth by through the use of reflective place or heated element that delivers the infrared radiation throughout the room or space. The radiation produce by these heaters is harmless and it can even warm the body when it comes in contact despite when the air in the surrounding is cool.

With this type of heater, you can stay warm for a long period of time. In fact, you can turn it off when you already feel comfortable and keep yourself warm throughout the night. These works very quick, but one thing is that the temperature is directed in one direction only. These infrared heaters are very beneficial in heating single room making them one of the best potable space heaters around.

2. Convection Heaters

These heaters can heat up an entire room faster than radiant heaters. These works perfectly when there is a great number of a person in the room. There are convection heaters that have fans that circulate air throughout the room while there are some without fans. These heaters utilize different heating elements like ceramic discs that are pretty expensive. However, there are also convection heater units that are filled with water and oil and these can be very efficient. These units utilize oil or water similar to the typical water heaters. The oil or water inside the units remains warm heating up the air in the surrounding.

3. Combination Heaters

If you cannot decide between infrared and convection heaters, you might want to look at some hybrid space heaters. These units are a combination of the first two types and are highly energy efficient. It can be a good thing to have space heaters with both convection and radiant elements.

Some of the Best Models

Space heaters come in different models and each of these is energy efficient. However, there are some subtle differences, so take a look at a few of the well-liked units:

1. Dr Infrared Quartz

This infrared space heater is known for its potency and attractiveness. It looks so pretty, big but not so huge and offers magnanimous heat without consuming tons of power. The main technology in this heater is infrared heat as with the name “Dr Quartz”. Infrared heaters usually utilize quartz tubes or discs to produce heat.

It comes with highly precise thermostat and timer set at 12 hour. What makes it so popular is its capability to warm up as much as 1000 square feet of space. Plus, it can actually supply heat throughout the entire room instead of simply blasting heat in only one direction. It is among the most efficient space heaters available that looks really great too!

2. Dyson Hot and Cool

This space heater is a combination time and is very versatile. This unit can be a bit pricey, but it comes with a very smart design, impressive power and great aesthetics too. This can be used as a hater and fan depending on the season, so there is no need to keep it in your basement since you will be using it all year long.

It comes with “air multiplier” technology which means that air is not pushed through, but drawn throughout the surrounding resulting to a very relaxing airflow than the typical fan. Plus, it oscillates and tilts producing high air volume so it can heat up a huge space very quickly. Also, it does not consume high juice volumes, so your electricity will not be much affected.

3. DeLonghi Safeheat Oil Radiator

The best features of this space heater are the following: power and inexpensiveness. This unit is highly recommended if you need constant heat within a small spice since it is among the highly energy efficient space heaters available on the market.

The great thing with this heater is that the oil works pretty well in retaining heat. Once your space is all heated up, you can have the option to lower or turn off the heat and you will continue to experience convection warmth all over the space throughout a very long period of time.

It is also very quiet and comes with amazing features like its “automatic on” feature when the temperature inside the room drops under 44 F.