Electric heaters are an affordable and efficient way of heating your home. For many people, the phrase ‘electric heater’ conjures up the image of an old fashioned, two bar heater, connected to a socket by a dangerously frayed cord sizzling hazardously in the corner of a dim and dismal room. The truth is that modern electric heaters are nothing like this stereotype.
The 5 Best Selling Eletric Heaters:
- ETL listed
- 1500-watt high setting, 900-watt low setting, and fan-only option
- Manual controls; self-regulating ceramic element; quiet operation
- Self-regulating ceramic element
- Automatic overheat protection
- Maximum heat power: 1.50 kW
- Milk-house utility heater with durable design and rugged steel housing
- Quiet, fan-forced convection coil heat; automatic thermostat
- Low and high settings; front guards and auto shut-off if tipped over
- Tip-over protection
- Auto-safety shut off
- Comfort control thermostat
- Can heat up a large room with Auto Energy Saving Model With High and Low Feature. Tip-over protection and Overheat protection
- Dual Heating Systems featuring infrared quartz tube + PTC with 12hr automatic shut-off timer
- IR Remote Control, High Pressure Low Noise Blower with Noise level 39 dB super quiet
Electric Heater Buyer’s Guide
Nowadays, electric heaters come in all shapes and sizes, with different energy ratings, pricing and sizes meant to cover literally every home heating scenario. These heaters – once seen as energy-wasting – can be some of the most energy-efficient heating units you can install. That is definitely a bonus in these days of rocketing fuel and utility prices.
Types of Electric Heating Technology
The important consideration when choosing an electric heater is to find the type of heater that best suits your needs and the area in which you mean to install it. Given the wide variety of electric heaters on the market, this is not going to be a difficult task. However, before you can make your decision, it is wise to become familiar with the basic types of heaters available in order to help you make an informed choice.
There are several main categories of electric heaters and a basic understanding of these categories can help you to make your choice. These categories are defined either by the method used to convert electricity into heat or their placement. Each of these methods is used in hundreds of different types of heaters designed to meet specific needs.
• Radiant heaters are the descendant of the two-bar heater. These heaters are nowadays most commonly encased behind glass and provide a direct, radiant heat useful for direct warming.
• Convection heaters produce hot air through vents to heat up the surrounding area.
• Fan heaters generate heat in much the same way as convection heaters but include a fan which blows out the hot air to heat up space rapidly.
• Panel Heaters / Electric Radiator Heaters – these heaters are portable or fixed oil or water filled units that are heated with electricity.
• Storage heaters are particularly economical as they take advantage of cheaper night time electricity by storing heat during the night and releasing it during the day.
• Underfloor electric heaters are increasingly popular as this form of heating provides a constant temperature in any room. One of the most economical forms of heating are electric ground source heat pumps which extract residual heat from the earth to heat your home or office.
Types of Electric Heaters
With a heater to suit every space, every design, and every pocket you can be sure you’ll find the electric heater that best suits your needs.
Electric Water Heaters
Heating water by electricity is usually achieved using an immersion heater. Most domestic immersion heaters run on the domestic supply of electricity. Because heating water can consume as much as 15% of the total energy budget in a home, the on-demand water heaters are becoming very popular as a way to save energy and money.
Electric space heater
An economical way to heat a room is using electric space heaters and/or ceramic space heaters. These aren’t meant for large areas as they are designed as being an alternative to turning up the heating around the whole house. Electric space heaters are effective at warming one room at a time, but there are a number of safety tips to consider.
- Ensure there is appropriate guarding over the heating coils.
- Some space heaters may have auto turn-off safety settings in case the heater is knocked over.
- Find out if the space heater has an overheat protection to avoid dangerously high temperatures.
If you are after portable electric heaters then the space heater type might be ideal. Most are easy to carry but look for the lightweight models if you are going to constantly move it from room to room.
Electric Wall Heater
Nowadays there are much better alternatives to electric wall heaters, although they are still sometimes used in homes where there are cold spots. Although you won’t want to be covering your whole house with electric wall heaters, they still might come in useful for heating outbuildings.
Electric Baseboard Heater
Electric baseboard heaters are often placed beneath windows to counter the heat loss that occurs through the glass. By using convection, these heaters draw cool air in which is then warmed by fins and coils.
As the name suggests, tankless water heaters heat water without the use of a storage tank. This means that the heat loss encountered with storage water heaters is avoided. Whereas the storage tank needs to fill with water and then heat up, electric tankless water heaters use an electric element to deliver a constant supply of hot water. Before buying an electric tankless heater ensure that you can support the amperage and circuit demands of the heater.