Types of Space Heaters Explained

Space heaters are generally used to heat up small areas of space in the home and mostly are electric heaters rather than gas heaters. There are of course good reasons to use gas heaters if they are used outdoors. The reason is that using gas in an enclosed small area can be quite dangerous. They are usually portable space heaters or wall mounted ones and these are sometimes used to complement the central heating system for cost saving reasons.

Electric space heaters are more popular for home use because so long as there is electricity available, these heaters can be set up easily and quickly. Another reason for the demand for these electric space heaters is that they tend to be more efficient where releasing of heat is concerned compared with other home heaters.

Besides these conventional space heaters, there are other available space heaters like convection radiant heaters. The main difference between the two types of heaters is this. Convection space heaters used a fan which moves the warm air upwards and outwards. These convection space heaters are available in different sizes and BTU capacity and so can heat up bigger space areas like a big garage as well.

One of the most common complaints of using electric space heaters is that these electric heaters generate too much heat and get very hot fast. This means that these space heaters are not so suitable when the home has young children or if you keep pets in the house. Even with newer improved heater models claimed by their manufacturers as having stay cool features, many people still feel uncomfortable about this valid concern.

Space Heater Types

Radiant space heaters are gaining popularity too and very suitable for using in much smaller areas in the home. They are often used under a desk at home or at the office and very useful when the weather gets unbearably cold. If you are looking to buy any of these radiant space heaters, you would be happy to know that there are many nice designs available in the market from a host of radiant space heaters including ceramic, oil, quartz tubes types of heaters.

Radiant Oil Filled Space Heaters

Radiant Oil Filled Space Heaters are the least expensive and could be something you can look for if you have a tight budget on your heating bill. In this type of radiant space heater it is specially built using a thermal seal which does not require any replacement during its lifespan. During the burning process, the heating element of this space heater heats the oil which goes through the radiator coils and then hot air is released in the air. The disadvantage of using radiant oil space heaters however is that it takes a little longer to heat up your room. But once it is well heated you may turn off the heater and yet enough heat is retained for a long time for your comfort and helping your heating bill.

Ceramic Space Heaters

Ceramic Space Heaters get this name because it has a ceramic element that lets he heat out. Most heater models come with inbuilt fans which help remarkably well in releasing the air, heating the room to the desired temperature much faster. The advantage of Ceramic space heaters is they are built very light as compared with other types of space heaters.

Quartz Space Heaters

Quartz Space Heaters use infrared rays to heat up any objects that need some heating. The heating technology was designed to emulate the sun rays heating up objects in the path of the sun rays.

Portable Space Heaters

Portable Space Heaters are therefore convenient and giving you the right amount of heat required in any room. This is essential if you do not want the heating to be too hot for comfort. Cheap electric heaters tend to give you just that heating the whole home which is not required and a pure wastage of energy and your money.

As you can see there are many different types of space heaters available in the market. It is important to identify your needs and how much you are willing to spend before you can choose the most suitable space heaters for your home.

Douglas M. Jacobs

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