3 Easy Ways to Choose an Electric Heater

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Electric heaters are ideal for indoor areas that lack sufficient warmth due to inadequate heating. Any add-on, basement, or family room might lack heat simply because it's not connected to your central heating system.

Maybe you don't have a central heating system or your wall furnace doesn't spread warmth evenly. If this is your scenario a personal heating system can help.

Supplemental space heaters provide the warmth you need to feel warm and cozy on cold days. They're a great way to deal with the excessive chilliness your other heating system can't seem to eliminate.

Electric heating units create warmth by converting electrical energy into heat. There are 2 types of electric heating: convection and radiant. In some cases, the 2 types are combined to offer a specialized heating experience.

Whatever type you choose, each type is designed to create a warmer indoor environment. Follow some basic criteria, and you can find an electric heater to meet your needs.

Electric Heat Types

Radiant/Reflective

Radiant or reflective heating generates immediate warmth kind of like the heat you feel when you stand in the sun. Heat is directed to a specific area, making it ideal for warming your personal space.

Turn it on and feel the warmth instantly. Set it on a nightstand or side table and enjoy immediate results. Use it to stay warm and cozy when reading in bed or watching T.V.   

Some units warm up to 500 sq. ft. of space while others might warm 150 sq. ft.

This heating system is an efficient solution for one or two people seeking a little extra warmth for a short period of time.

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Fan-Forced

Fan-forced heaters come in a variety of sizes and heat spaces quickly and efficiently. As a metal coil is warmed, a fan spreads heat around the room. This type of heater is great for bedrooms and small offices. And sufficiently warms up to 150 sq. ft. of space.

As an internal coil is warmed a fan moves over the heat element and spreads warmth to any part of the room with ease.

Different from its radiant counterpart, this heating system usually oscillates and spreads warmth evenly around the entire room. This method of heating will warm any living space effectively  

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Ceramic

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Ceramic heaters provide warm air that's easily directed to a specific area. Electricity moves over ceramic plates and a fan distributes the heat.

It's a new heating system that is considered very safe and highly effective. Most models are small and highly portable, making them perfect for room to room heating.

This heating method is commonly used to heat sunrooms, bedrooms, and small offices. They're small, powerful, and energy efficient, heating spaces as large as 150 sq. ft.

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Micathermic/Convection

Convection heaters combine a compact heating element with a heat transfer liquid. The heat is circulated up and out so it spreads around the room through natural air circulation. Some convection heaters include fans for even greater movement. Convection units are most effective in large rooms and active homes. This type of heating method provides consistent warmth.

Micathermic units are a combination of convection and radiant heat. On average they release 80% convection and 20% infrared heat within minutes, evenly warming spaces without the use of fans. This option is great for asthmatics because it isn't as drying as other heat types. Moreover, energy costs are lower because it takes less time to heat a room.

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Select a Room Size

Decide where you're going to use the heater, then measure the size of the space. Knowing the square footage will help you make a selection to sufficiently heat the area.

The number of watts determines the amount of heat produced. So if you're looking to warm a 150 sq. ft. space, you'll need a 1500 watt unit.

When measuring watts to sq. ft. remember that 10-15 watts is equal to 1 sq. ft. of space.

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Electric Heater Designs

Baseboard: Baseboard heaters are low-profile, taking up very little space, fitting neatly along a baseboard wall in a room. These units provide steady heat, cost pennies to install, and operate quietly. This type is an ideal solution for heating basements, bedrooms, and bonus rooms.

Tower: Tower heaters offer quick, effective warmth in a tall narrow body. These units provide directional heat and are ideal for sunrooms, bedrooms, nurseries, or offices. They fit in small spaces easily, so they're great for apartment living and small rooms.

Flat Panel: This model is quiet; they're lightweight and can be mounted on a wall if space is limited. They offer a modern design to complement home decor. And because they're ideally micathermic, they're great for larger living spaces.

Oil-Filled/Radiator: An oil-filled unit can heat spaces for a longer period of time. This is an ideal option for nighttime use. They're less drying than radiant/reflective and fan-forced heaters too. Most models use the convection heating method so it distributes heat evenly. These units are ideal for bedrooms and living rooms.

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