As of 2015, infrared space heaters are available on the Home Depot, Walmart, Menards and Best Buy websites. The majority of infrared heaters are priced between $30 and $200, but large fireplace-style models may be more expensive, especially if they have storage or decorative elements.
Lifesmart, Optimus, Duraflame, Honeywell and RedCore are popular manufacturers of infrared heaters. These manufacturers commonly offer features such as tip-over shutoff to prevent accidents and high-efficiency heating to maintain a comfortable temperature at a low wattage. Models designed for homes usually include exterior housing that doesn't heat up, protecting children and pets from burn hazards. Shoppers can buy stationary or portable models, and the most common fuel sources are kerosene and electric, with the latter considered safer for home use.
Infrared heaters radiate electromagnetic waves that transfer energy to people and objects nearby, making them highly effective at spot heating. Rather than heating an individual by warming the surrounding air, an infrared unit directs radiation towards entities that naturally absorb heat, including skin and clothing. Infrared heaters are frequently used in large, open rooms or environments exposed to outside air, such as garages and warehouses. Infrared units don't remove humidity from the air, so this heating method is sometimes recommended for individuals with breathing difficulties.