BioSmart® far infrared heaters are industry leaders in infrared wave generation. There are numerous claims in the industry over the virtues of using copper and other materials to enhance the performance of an infrared heater. When you do the research, however, you will find that there is no substantial scientific evidence for the claims. With most of the industry, this is the case. For example, everyone talks about the merits of copper in their heaters supposedly to retain heat. This brings the question to mind: How does the retention of heat within the heater benefit the objects in a room? The true significance of using copper lining is to regulate the internal temperature of the heater at precisely the right temperature to produce the desired length of infrared wave. There is nothing new about this technology. The real innovation comes in the design of the heat exchanger itself.
To design an efficient heat exchanger, one has to consider the amount of copper used, the internal temperature desired to optimize the wave frequency, and the dwell time of the air moving across the heat exchanger. Without taking all three of these design parameters into consideration, you will not end up with an efficient far infrared heater.
The U.S. utility patents for the BioSmart® far infrared heater cover more than thirty claims that clearly define the engineering parameters that were utilized in the final heater design. It is the design parameters of the BioSmart® far infrared heater that set it apart from all other infrared heaters. In independent lab tests conducted on the BioSmart® far infrared heater and our competitor, the BioSmart® far infrared heater was 14% more efficient.
The BioSmart® far infrared heater works by using infrared heating elements or "emitters" to generate far infrared energy within the heat chamber. Infrared heat penetrates objects in a room, and these objects then radiate heat back into the room. These "waves" of invisible light are also selectively absorbed through the skin and penetrate into bodily tissue up to a depth of 1 to 1.5 inches. The tissue then responds in a process known as "resonant absorption", where the body tissues selectively absorb these rays as the water in the cell reacts, causing the body to heat up. This occurs when the frequency of the far infrared matches the frequency of the water in the cell, causing toxins to be dropped off into the blood stream and excreted in sweat, feces, and urine.
Far infrared light penetrates beyond the skin level and is absorbed efficiently by cells below, whereas visible light is mostly bounced off the skin surface. Near-infrared is mostly absorbed at the skin level and raises the skin temperature. Far infrared can penetrate up to 4 centimeters (about 1-1/2 inches), exciting the vibration energy of molecules and resonating with cellular frequencies. We can't exactly perceive the deep heating effects of FIR, though, because our body's ability to sense heat is mainly at the skin level. Nonetheless, the effects of FIR rays promote bioprocesses such as increased metabolism and blood circulation, and can raise core body temperature. NASA certainly understood some of these effects when it developed FIR materials for radiant heat during space travel. Hospitals have also taken advantage of some of these properties to keep newborn babies warm using FIR materials around incubators.
Infrared heat is efficient because it warms you, rather than the air around you. The body absorbs as much as 93 percent of this heat, producing an array of healthful benefits. The infrared heater radiates heat penetrating the skin to a depth of 1.5 to 3.5 inches. It operates at temperatures of 280° to 300°F, internally, with an exhaust temperature of 168°F. (Note: Most infrared saunas operate at 140° to 145°F, comparable to the heat in a BioSmart® far infrared heater.)