There are many things you need to consider when selecting a space heater.This is because each type of space heater serves a specific purpose. There are some space heaters that work well in different surroundings, but they all have ideal working conditions. To make sure that you make the most of your space heater, be sure to analyze your requirements and get one accordingly. Let's look at the different types of space heaters and the purpose they serve.
Types of Space Heaters
Fuel Burning Space Heaters
Fuel burning space heaters do not use electricity for providing heat. Instead they burn fuels. If you need to heat a large space, this type of heater will work best for you. Fuel burning space heaters are installed with fuels to allow the harmful gases to escape. Do keep in mind that the fuel needs to be installed permanently and requires ample space. This is why fuel burning space heaters are not preferred for small spaces.
Radiative Space Heaters
Radiative space heaters are among the best options for indoor heating. You can also use this type of heater outdoors as well. Infrared and fireplace heaters, even patio heaters can fall under this category. The reason radiative heaters are popular is because they eliminate the need for insulation. Most heaters are not able to function properly, even in closed areas, simply because the area lacks insulation. But when it comes to radiative heaters, they work seamlessly regardless of poor insulation.
Convective Space Heaters
If you have proper insulation in your home or workplace, convective type space heaters will be excellent for you. These heaters use a fan to distribute warm air around an enclosed area. Do keep in mind that these heaters take some time to drive up the ambient temperature as they warm up the air. Once the air warms up, that's when you will begin feeling warm. One of the biggest advantages that these heaters offer is a constant heating effect even after they have been turned off. This of course depends on the type of insulation you have.
Filler Space Heaters
Filler space heaters are efficient in heating small areas. These heaters prove effective in non-insulated areas. These heaters include a filler material which is heated with electricity. Generally, oil is used as filler. When the filler is heated up, it provides warmth to the entire area. Once the filler material is heated up, it provides uninterrupted heating.
Radiator Space Heaters
Radiator heaters are also a popular option nowadays. There are two types or radiator heaters:
1. Steam Heaters: These heaters are powered by steam. The steam is generated with the help of a boiler which is located towards the bottom of the home. The boiler heats up water and sends it to the pipes. The steam then heats up the pipes and the heat is transferred to the air.
2. Electric Heaters: Use an element that runs through the pipes. An electric current is run through the element which heats it up. The current turns to heat and spreads through the radiator. Check out NewAir's range of electric heaters here.
Where Can You Place a Heater?
There are many areas you can place an electric heater. These areas should be out of the reach of children and/or away from items that can catch a fire. This is why you should purchase a heater that suits the requirements of your home.
1. Wall Mounted
Wall mounted heaters are generally smaller and lighter than conventional ones. This makes them easier to mount on a wall. It would be a suitable choice if you have kids and/or pets at home.
Tabletop heaters are one of the most convenient options if you have to carry your heater around. You can simply take it to another room should you need to.
Freestanding heaters can be placed anywhere in the home. They are not as light as wall mounted ones, but they are quite easy to carry from one room to another.
Portable heaters can literally be carried anywhere. Whether you are outdoors or indoors, all you need is an electrical socket and you are good to go.
Factors to Consider When Buying a Space Heater
When buying a space heater, there are quite a few things you should consider other than the heating capability and reliability of the unit. Let's look at a few things you should keep in mind:
1. ELT Rating for Space Heaters
The ELT rating for a space heater shows that it is fully tested for safety. ELT compliant products are tested thoroughly to make sure they are of the highest quality. In order for a product to be approved, it needs to be sent to an ELT testing lab. There the appliance is vigorously tested for safety and ELT compliance.
2. Safety Features
Most space heaters incorporate top of the line safety features. The most important safety feature in a space heater is the automatic shutdown. In the event the space heater is left unattended for a while, it automatically shuts down. This feature is combined with a thermostat which tells the heater when the room is getting too warm.
You should always look for space heaters that have a built-in thermostat. If the space heater has a thermostat built in, you will not have to monitor its temperature. All you need to do is set the thermostat to a specific temperature. The thermostat will monitor the temperature and will turn off the heater once the ideal temperature is reached.
4. Timer Option
Another great feature found in space heaters is the timer. The timer allows you to turn on the space heater automatically when needed. The space heater will automatically turn on at the specified time.
5. Adjustable Louvers
Adjustable louvers are another option you should look for. These louvers allow you to direct the warm air anywhere in your home.
6. Compatibility with Furniture
Also, see to it that the space heater design is compatible with the furniture in your home. Try to get a matching or contrasting color if possible.