Heat me Seymour!
Why heat a whole room when you can heat just the people in it?
This is an interesting idea I had never considered before. Certain spaces are especially expensive to heat like office building lobbies. MIT has a lab that has created a concept called Local Warming in which a special motion sensing heat lamp can detect people and aim at them to keep them nice and toasty.
Tests show that while the person warms up, the rest of the room remains at its original temperature. Energy consumption therefore has been shown to be reduced by over 90% which is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Keep in mind that this is meant for rooms with just a few people. Once it starts getting crowded, conventional heating is still more efficient. Future plans include using even more efficient LEDs and even a cooling option.
I wonder if being heated from one direction is as comfortable as the all-around heating we’re used to. Also, I don’t know what’s taking so long but once heated clothing technology really kicks in I’m turning off all heat lamps for good
Image Credit: MIT Senseable City Lab