The first thing most people think of when you mention electric heaters is a household furnace that provides warm, circulating air throughout the house via a series of ducts and vents.
Using electric energy for structure-heating purposes is commonplace both in residences and in public buildings. However, heaters of this sort are more expensive than an energy source consisting of the combustion of sort of fuel like natural gas. But for most consumers – business or household- electric heaters make up for their higher price tag by providing convenience, cleanliness and reduced space needs as compared to fuel-burning heat sources.
How Do Electrical Heaters Work?
The warmth from an electric heater comes from electric coils or strips configured in diverse patterns. For example, heat conductors (vents) can be placed in or on walls, under windows, or as baseboard radiation in all or only part of a room. Heating elements can even be contained in ceilings or floors to radiate low-temperature heat into a specific space. In fact, many homes built after 2000 contain innovative floor heating, especially in homes located in colder climates. The heating elements are built under the flooring. Warm tile and wood floors feel wonderful on bare feet when the early morning temperature is frigid! This type of electric heater can even radiate its warmth under carpeting. Real estate agents recognize that this new type of home electric heaters is an innovation whose time has come, and is no more expensive than traditional baseboard heat, common in the New England area.
Are There Other Types Of Electric Heaters?
Homes that lack central heating systems may be equipped with portable electric heaters. Commonly called “space heaters,” these devices can be both blessings and curses, depending upon the degree of your care in using them. The advantage of portable electric heaters is that they can be moved from room to room, and heat only the area that you’re in at the time. These devices range in power from “high heat” created by more numerous power coils, and “low heat” derived from fewer, less potent coils. When used wisely, this type of heater can warm cold feet in a poorly heated work environment or, on high heat, can create sufficient warmth in a small room. Keep in mind that unattended electric space heaters are second only to cigarettes major fire hazards. Make sure your unit has an automatic “cut off” function if the heater is tipped over. Never leave an electric space heater unattended for any reason! Your life may depend upon your vigilance.