A space heater is a convenient way to quickly raise your room temperature and add warmth to any space or room. They come in a variety of sizes and styles all with their own unique design features.
When choosing what space heater to buy, there are two main questions that come into mind, “will it effectively heat my room or space?” and “how much will it cost to run?”. The cost and heating capacity take precedence over the bonus features that are included in most of these units.
The following factors are to be considered when choosing which space heater is best to heat up your space or room: heater type, heating capacity, energy efficiency, safety features, and noise level. These factors will determine the space heater that is suitable for your heating needs.
There are basically three heating technologies under which every space heater fall; radiant, convective, and micathermic. Convection heaters typically provide even, whole-room heating; radiant heaters deliver quick, spot heating in small spaces; and micathermic heaters offer fast, widespread heat while saving space.
The size of space that the heater will cover is an essential part when choosing a personal heater. The heating capacity can be determined by the appliance’s wattage rating. The general rule of thumb is that heaters uses 10 watts of power to heat 1 sq. foot of space. However, this rule does not apply for all models due the heating technology, the nature of the indoor environment, and the working application.
The energy efficiency of a space heater is considered by users who are more concerned about conserving energy and maintaining low heating costs. Most space heaters lack a standard level of efficiency like those on AC systems. The unit can be coupled with special features such as adjustable thermostats, energy saving modes, and programmable timers to cut on utility bills and save money.
Space heaters can become sources of fire hazards if not properly monitored during use. Most heaters are designed to run cool to the touch surfaces with tip over cut-off switches that shut off the power if the heater is accidentally knocked over. The level of noise produced by these units during operation may vary from low to high pitched sound. This factor of consideration should be used to determine whether the appliance can be used in quiet rooms such as bedrooms and offices.
With the two key factors, the heating capacity and the running cost, and the heater’s operating design features in mind, it is now easy to choose the best space heater for your specific requirements.