Types of Space Heaters for Your Home

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The central heating in your home is necessary to keep your entire home at a suitable temperature and prevent your pipes from freezing. However, there are good reasons why you might want to try supplemental heating with one or more space heaters.  

 

It is not always efficient to heat the entire house. A space heater only heats one room at a time, which is more efficient when only one room is occupied. In addition, space heaters can allow you to get more use out of your outdoor areas, such as porches or patios that are usually not hooked up to central heating, even as the weather turns colder. 

 

However, not all space heaters are the same. Choosing the best space heaters means learning about the different types and considering the uses you intend to put them. 

 

Types of Space Heaters for Your Home

 

Convection Versus Radiant Heater 

 

Convection and radiant heat refer to the techniques used to warm up a room. Convection space heaters work by warming the air and blowing it out into the room with a fan. The hot air rises, forcing the cooler air downward. The intact slot on the heater then pulls it in, where it is heated and recirculated around the room. A convection space heater is most appropriate for heating large rooms. 

 

While convection space heaters work by heating and circulating the air, a radiant heater works by heating the objects in the room, including people. Room occupants and furniture absorb heat because their temperature is lower than the heater's waves. The heat lasts longer in the objects that have absorbed it, making it a good option for warming small rooms. However, the warmth is contained within a single room. Because a convection heater works by circulating air currents, it might be possible to feel the benefits in other house areas. You can try the convection Lasko space heater; it is a tower heater that oscillates while heating to provide even and widespread warmth throughout any room. 

 

You do not necessarily have to choose between a radiant or convection heater for home use. There are combination heaters that provide the benefits of both for use anywhere in the home. However, a combination unit is not the most efficient space heater, which is the trade-off for their convenience. 

 

Convection Versus Radiant Heater

 

Gas Space Heaters Versus Electric Space Heaters 

 

The power source is another aspect that sets different types of space heaters apart. Most units are powered by electricity, while a few run on propane gas. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. 

Electric space heaters come in both convection and radiant varieties, so you can use the heating method best suited to the area in which you want to use them. Electric heaters are perfect for heating indoor rooms. It may also be possible to use them on a porch or patio that is covered or screened-in. However, they should not be used outside where they can be exposed to the elements. 

 

Electric space heaters do have their limitations. Because of the risk of fire, they should never be plugged into an extension cord. Flammable objects are vulnerable to the heat from a space heater and should be kept at least three feet away from it. Therefore, you have to clear space away from the power socket that you want to use to plug in your space heater. 

 

A propane heater only produces radiant heat; there is no such thing as a convection heater that uses propane. Propane heaters tend to be more portable than electric units because there is no need to plug them in. Unlike electric heaters, propane-powered units can even go outside. Other advantages are that propane heaters are cheaper to run and reach higher temperatures. 

 

Nevertheless, a propane space heater has its downsides as well. If you wish to keep one running for an extended period, you need to stock up on fuel. Because the space heater runs by burning propane, there is a risk of exposure to carbon monoxide gas. For this reason, some propane space heaters are only for outdoor use. However, if you are looking to get warm and keep your patio stylish, the Living Accents propane steel patio heater could be a perfect choice. 

 

Gas Space Heaters Versus Electric Space Heaters

 

 

Metal Versus Ceramic Space Heater 

 

Different types of space heaters contain various kinds of heating elements. Some are all metal, while others have ceramic plates attached to them. Due to the short time, it takes to warm up and allow you to start feeling the effects, plus the negligible loss of heat, the most efficient space heater is often one that is electric and ceramic. If you're looking for a small space heater, ceramic space heaters are exceptionally small and portable compared to other types. The Lasko Electric Cyclonic Ceramic Heater is the perfect solution for cold living rooms, basements, and bedrooms in your home! 

 

Metal Versus Ceramic Space Heater

 

Space Heater Safety 

 

No matter which type of space heater you choose, always observe the necessary safety precautions: 
  • Keep out of children's reach¬†

  • Do not leave a space heater unattended¬†

  • Maintain a clear 3-foot radius around the unit clear of any flammable objects¬†

 

New space heaters come with specific instructions from the manufacturer regarding how to use them, e.g., whether they are for indoor or outdoor use. Be sure to follow these instructions precisely at all times. 

 

Space Heater Safety

 

Now you know there are different types of space heaters for your home; whether you are looking for a portable heater, a kerosene heater, or an infrared space heater Max Warehouse is the right place for you. We also have many high-quality brands, such as a Lasko or Mr. Heater. Get your home ready for winter with the right space heaters! 

 

 

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