Pros And Cons Of Different Types Of Electric Space Heaters

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Pros And Cons Of Different Types Of Electric Space Heaters

13 November 2015
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Space heaters can prove valuable additions to households without central heating or with rooms that receive less hot air than the rest of the house. Several types of electric space heaters exist that each have different pros and cons that can determine what type of unit is the best fit for your home.

Discuss the specifics of your space heater options with a heating and cooling specialist for the most tailored advice.

Ceramic Heater

A ceramic heater features ceramic plates and aluminum elements backed by a motorized fan that disperses the hot air through your room. The exterior of the unit stays cool so you don't have to worry about guests, children, or animals getting hurt by bumping into the unit. The fan ensures that the air doesn't just blow straight out in front of the unit, which is a problem with other types of heaters. Ceramic heaters also tend to be affordable.

On the downside, the heater still can't heat an overly large room and might need to be paired with another heater if you need to warm a very large area. The unit also sits on the floor so the fan is blowing warm air and whatever might be on the floor right in front of the unit, which can include dander and dust.

Radiant Heater

Radiant heaters utilize either a quartz tube or a ribbon-shaped conductor to produce the heat needed for your room. The front of the heater will glow red and become warm with the warmth traveling straight ahead of the unit. This targeted heating can prove valuable in a small room where you stay in one place for the most part such as in a home office across from the desk.

The fact that the front of the unit gets quite hot can pose a safety concern. Keep children and pets – and unsuspecting guests – away from the heater to prevent injuries.

Micrathermic Heater

A micrathermic heater has nickel alloy and mica components inside that help the electrical current create heat. The heat is so efficient that the unit heats up substantially faster than a ceramic unit. The unit is shaped with vents down each side for heat distribution without the need for a motorized fan, which cuts down on the potential allergens in the air.  

Micrathermic heaters can be slightly more expensive than other units. The utilitarian look of the unit, which is necessary due to the vent slits, might not fit everyone's décor scheme and can stand out a bit more than other heaters.

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