December 15, 2022
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to heat with one source? The reality of living in this climate is that we often need to boost the temperature in our homes and workshops to stay comfortable during the winter months.
Space heaters are a versatile option to supplement your heating source. You can move them from room to room to provide extra heat where you need it.
The two most common types of space heaters are radiant heaters and convection heaters and I’m often asked by customers to explain the difference. Both are effective but operate very differently and it's useful to know the difference so you can choose the best one for your space.
Work like the sun, providing a concentrated beam of heat that directly heats the objects and people in its vicinity. These types of heaters tend to be more energy-efficient and require little time or energy to achieve target temperatures. The advantages of radiant heaters are that they are quiet, they deliver heat directly to you and do so more quickly than convection heaters. They are ideal for providing targeted heating and are generally more efficient if you’re only going to be in a room for a few hours.
Have a heating element that warms the air that it connects with, and then that air circulates through a room, creating a current of warm air. Many convection heaters include a fan to speed the circulation of air and distribution of heat. Ceramic space heaters are a type of convection heater. Convection heating is ideal for heating an entire room for a long period of time. They take longer to heat up but once they do they offer efficient and comfortable warmth throughout the space.
• What is your budget?
• Do you need to heat the entire room or a specific area?
• Is energy efficiency important?
• Does portability matter?
• And most importantly, how large is the space you need to heat?
I hope that this helps you decide what kind of space heater will work best for you this winter. If you have any further questions, please visit us in the store and ask me!
We look forward to seeing you in the store or online!
Roger & Rose