Space heaters have provided an alternative option to the expensive forms of gas or oil heaters used in many households for air conditioning. They are more affordable and are equally as comfortable as the larger central heating systems.
The two most popular types of space heaters are; infrared heaters and ceramic heaters. These appliances contain thermostats that enable them to self-regulate their heating temperature, thus using less energy in their operation saving on utility bills. They both operate on the principle of converting electrical energy into heat but have their own distinguishing features.
Infrared heaters are unique in design as they do not use convection nor do they blow out air, instead they emit radiation in the form of waves. The huge benefit of these heaters is that the radiated heat isn’t dependent on the air in the room or any medium in front of them. The units lack fans or moving internal parts giving it a quiet operation. It is also easy to maintain.
The heat produced by infrared heaters can easily traverse the distance between them and the user, which negates the feeling of drafts. This feature makes infrared heaters a great option for fast, targeting heating especially for a small room or office where the user will keep to one spot.
Ceramic heaters operate using air convection principles. This unit uses electricity to heat up the center of a ceramic core and then an electrically powered fan blows the heated air from the vicinity of the core out and into space or room.
Since the heat produced by Ceramic heaters travels with the air currents heating up the entire space, they are ideal for use where the occupant will be moving around often. These units are not designed to heat up a specific spot in rooms or spaces.
The ceramic heaters and infrared heaters are both less expensive compared to traditional space heating systems, so the choice of which space heater to use will solely depend on factors unique to your home. These factors include; prices for electrical utility use in your area, insulation in your home, and the area of space to be heated.
These factors will also determine the design features preferred in the heater you choose such as its safety features, heating capacity, power rating, cost, portability, and durable body design. These factors and features should act as a guide to what type of space heater to purchase.