A space heater is a nifty little device that helps battle chilly temperatures in small areas. For example, that room in your house that never seems to warm up like the rest. While they can be pretty beneficial in keeping the shivers at bay, they can also be dangerous if used improperly. That’s why we’re arming you with everything you need to know about these mini-heating wonders, with some answers to the most frequently asked space heater questions we hear.
Q: Convection, radiant and conductive – what’s the difference?
Like most appliances, space heaters are not one-size-fits all. They come in three different types or styles, which all produce heat using different methods:
- Convection heaters use heating elements to slowly produce heat as air passes over them.
- Radiant heaters are best for spot heating, and use a pipe system to heat liquid that warms the air – think radiators.
- Conductive heaters use electricity to generate heat. They are typically smaller and more mobile.
Q: Can I run my space heater consistently?
Relying on a space heater as your primary source of heat is strongly discouraged. Not only is it not cost-effective, but space heaters usually don’t give off enough heat to fully warm a home or office. However, if you’re looking to use one as the main heat source for a specific room, that may work. Just make sure to turn it off whenever no one is in the room as it can be a fire hazard.
Q: I smell something burning, is it my space heater?
From time to time, you can smell a burning aroma coming from your space heater. Usually this is nothing to worry about, especially if it’s within the first few times of being used. However, if you begin to smell burning more often, you may have dust or debris trapped inside, or worse a fire might be brewing. Always error on the side of caution and follow proper safety measures when using your space heater.
Looking for new ways to make a frigid home or office nice and toasty? Tyler Heating & Air Conditioning offers a variety of residential and commercial heating options. For more information, dial 203-378-4700 to speak with a heating specialist directly.