It will not take up a lot of space in order to install Portable Electric Heaters, and that is why they are also referred to as small space heaters. This type of heater is usually seen in places where it is too costly to use central heating or where people find that additional heating is needed. In most cases, they are used to heat only individual rooms.
The cost for operating such a device is low depending on the purpose it is used for, meaning that it is effective when only a single room is to be heated. People who are a bit more sensitive to cold temperatures, such as the older people, find it a very convenient thing. That is because it heats only the specific part of the house that needs to be so and not the entire thing.
This type of heater usually comes in capacities ranging from 10,000 BTU to 40,000BTU. They run on many fuel types but most of them are seen running on electricity. Then, there are the ones that run on propane, kerosene, and natural gas as well.
These heaters are also categorized according to their mode of operation. There is the type which uses convection to heat up the room, while another type is available, which uses infrared radiation to keep the room warm. Actually, with the type that radiates infrared waves, the individuals and objects in clean sight of the device are what get heated and not the air. So, if you can stay in clean sight of it and do not wait in the room for long, this heater will be the most suitable one for you.
A heater which uses radiant heating may be more energy efficient compared to others as well. That is because they heat only the occupants and objects in the room and not the atmosphere in it. However, there are higher safety concerns in the use of small space heaters. The risk of fire is high with a heater that runs on gas or kerosene, but is very much less with the model that runs on electricity.
The Commission for Consumer Product Safety in the US estimates that, every year, more than 25,000 house fires with around 300 deaths are the result of the misuse of heating equipment. Additionally, almost 6,000 people receive emergency treatment in hospitals because of burn injuries coming from contact with hot surfaces of heating equipment. Most of them do not report a fire either.
There are several things to consider before buying and/or installing Portable Electric Heaters. The main thing, however, is to buy only the newer models that include all safety measures. Other than that, the heater you choose should suit the room you intend to use it in, because only then will you achieve energy savings.
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