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Re: Winter Moisture Control

Just reading through this thread and I have not heard anyone mention the infra red heaters that are out. They are supposed to have a low energy draw and keep a place real warm. Has anyone here looked into them? I would be interested to hear how it worked out.
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Just reading through this thread and I have not heard anyone mention the infra red heaters that are out. They are supposed to have a low energy draw and keep a place real warm. Has anyone here looked into them? I would be interested to hear how it worked out.
I have not seen any independent studies to show that the infrared are at all more efficient. Generally electric heaters are watts in and watts out, not much losses quite efficient. There is a big marketing gimmick used to make the some of the "Amish made" heaters, among others, but most of it is rubbish. Normal electric heaters are all almost 100% efficient, but electric is normally in limited supply, so that is the factor than the units themselves.
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Just reading through this thread and I have not heard anyone mention the infra red heaters that are out. They are supposed to have a low energy draw and keep a place real warm. Has anyone here looked into them? I would be interested to hear how it worked out.
Heaters may vaporize any water into the air, but you need ventilation (fans exchanging air with the outside) or entrapment (dehumidifier, DampRid, etc.) to remove the water.

Heating up the moisture without removing it would probably make any mold/mildew problems worse, not better.

And as someone else said, electric heaters pretty much deliver the same BTUs that they draw from the electricity. Efficiency is about 100% whether it's radiant, natural convection, or forced convection. There is no "magic bullet" that delivers more BTUs than it takes in through the electrical outlet.
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Thanks for the information all. I was just wondering about those types of heaters being used.
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Hey Tardis,

How did you fair for your first winter aboard?

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A soon to be liveaboard in Oslo, Norway that has enjoyed your thread
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