Electric Convection Heater

An electric convection heater uses electricity to create heat, and then allows the natural moving capability of hot air to heat a room. The electric convection heater heats up in specific, vented areas, and when the air around it also gets hot, it rises and cold air takes its place. That cold air is then heated up, and the cycle continues until the heater is turned off. Convector heaters have their disadvantages, but overall, they’re very convenient and safe heaters. Convector heaters are one of the most popular types of heaters, and they re best used in relatively small spaces hat need to stay consistently heated.

When compared to other types of heaters, electric convection heaters are safe, but slow heaters. The other types of room heaters are forced convection heaters and radiant heaters. Radiant heaters perform like electric stovetops – they contain a type of shell that lights up (usually some shade of red) when it heats. This is very effective in transmitting heat, especially to people in the room, but it is very unsafe, and can burn or set aflame anything that comes within a foot of it. They shouldn’t be left unattended. Forced convection heaters have some type of fan that blows the hot air through the room. This can also set some objects on fire, but it is an effective way heating a closed space quickly.

Electric convector heaters, or natural convection heaters, don’t create the extreme heat and flammability of radiant heaters, nor does their air move as quickly as forced convection heaters. Electric convector heaters rely on the principle of heat rising to heat a room, and because of this, they work particularly well when placed nearer to the ground. The heat itself creates enough circulation to heat up the entire room. Because of this, they work best to slowly and thoroughly heat an enclosed room. Because they don’t project a large amount of heat to other objects around them, they do not present the same fire hazard of the other two types of heaters. However, they can burn anything that they brush directly against, unless the heat source is guarded.

Electric convection heaters do not work well to heat open spaces, because their heat dissipates quickly. They are also ineffective if the space is too large. This is one of their main disadvantages of this type of heater – unless they are in exactly the right space, they’re rendered useless. Another disadvantage of this type of heater is that it can waste a lot of energy when used in the short term. Unlike forced convection fans, which can direct heat, the heat from natural convection heaters just rises to the ceiling. So in the beginning, you’ll be waiting to warm up while you’re ceiling is scorching hot. In the long term, this equals out, as the room temperature evens out, but they aren’t ideal for quick heating.

However, electric convection heaters are great for long periods of use, because they don’t overheat anything near them. They can keep a room warm without using a lot of energy too, so they can be left on a fairly low setting. They’re also good for keeping the entirety of a large room warm, as long as it is enclosed.

You can expect to pay at least $100 USD for a decent electric convection heater. They are not the cheapest, and usually aren’t built for very small rooms – most are built fairly powerfully to offset their slow-heating nature. They will certainly heat a small room well on a low setting, but they’re higher settings are typically more powerful than a forced convector fan. Some convection heaters have the option to turn on a fan, and these, as well as all of the better heaters, can cost about $300.

This Electric Convection Heater Review is Written/Updated on Nov 23rd, 2010 and filed under Home Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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