Advanced electric area heating systems often come in the form of wall heaters. Depending on the model, they are mounted above the floor or at eye level. They emit thermal energy as infrared radiant heat to the room where they are installed. Many of us are very familiar with infrared rays from the field of medicine. They are used to warm the body pleasantly before a massage, for example. And infrared lamps are a popular choice in the home for alleviating the symptoms of a cold.
However, this radiant heat can also be used for heating. The infrared heaters developed for this achieve their full effect when the infrared radiant heat meets objects and people in the building. The energy is then evenly released again to the living space.