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MAG RUFFMAN For QMI Agency If you're Canadian, you should e able to answer this question corectly: When it's minus 17 outside, ill bright sunlight melt surface now off the driveway? If you answered 'No', check your itizenship. Even Canadians who live on the undra know that sunlight has an ncanny ability to melt ice and now when the air temperature s far below the freezing point of ater. So how does sunlight convince ce to turn into water, even when it's ellaciously cold outside? Could it be that sunlight contains secret ingredient called 'infraed wavelengths'? Oh yes, it could. our Canadian-ness just went up a otch. All You Can Heat Have you ever sat outside after nowshoeing or skiing and enjoyed he sun's heat on your face, easily magining yourself at a Mexican esort? Even though the recorded emperature was colder than a well igger's belt buckle? Well, THAT is he magic of infrared. Infrared wavelengths heat people nd objects. Th ey don't heat air. Why is this important? Because hen you're not trying to heat the ir, it's a lot cheaper. Traditional convection heaters forced air furnaces, for example) arm the air in your house in order o transfer the heat energy to you, he human homeowner. Infrared lamps take a more direct pproach. They instantly heat you nd the objects around you. Th ey on't suck the humidity out of the ir. They don't circulate dust or llergens or viruses. Th ey're safe to se in a dusty environment like a Edmonds &Associates Brokerage 613-735-1062
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