Heaters are very vital gadgets in every home. These versatile equipment are needed to generate heat in our rooms to allow the occupants achieve the needed comfort. There are myriad types of baseboard heaters in the market today. They come in varying designs, proportions and purpose. To know the exact type of heaters that is suitable for your room or house, it is vital to be familiar with some of the most common categories of heaters in order to come up with a wise decision, especially when you will be making purchases.
Electric heaters are grouped into two major categories:
· Convectional Heaters
· Radiant Heaters
Convectional heaters are based on the principle that hot air rises (because it is light) and capitalizes on natural convection to disperse heat around your room. On the other hand, radiant heaters heat objects in your room and not the air in the room. In most cases, therefore, convectional heaters are placed near the floor so as to heat floor-level cold air while radiant heaters are place at the ceiling level so as to heat objects in the room such as the floor, tubs, or occupants.
Types of Electric Heaters:
Electric Toe-Kick Heaters
These types of heaters are excellently designed to fit nicely under cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom. They are only 3 ½ inches and can fit in spaces that are below 4 inches. These include stairwell, hearth or your recreational vehicle. Their size and design allow you to use motorized air fan to distribute warm air around the house or room. For optimum performance, you can use them as supplemental heating source and have a remote controlled line voltage thermostat; though most models of today’s Electric Toe-Kick Heaters come with an inbuilt thermostat.
Electric Baseboard Heaters
These are similar in design to hydronic baseboard heaters; the only difference is that they use convectional electric heating coils and are non motorized. Through convection, cool air enters into the bottom slots of the heaters and are warmed or heated by the coils. The warm air then exits from the top slots of these heaters. Generally, the design of these heaters does not allow for effective motorized cooling. As such, cooling of the heated air is often left to the old Mother Nature. These heaters are best placed beneath window to balance the heat loss through your glass windows. For optimum performance, you can control these heaters by a remote line voltage thermostat.
Electric Cove Heaters
These types of heaters use infrared or direct radiant heat to heat your room. The good thing about these heaters is the fact that they don’t heat or warm the air in your room but rather objects. When installed therefore, the occupants of the room, your tub, and tile works among other objects in the room get warmed by the radiant heat produced by the energy from the panel. Because these types of heaters produce radiant heat, they can be placed anywhere in the room- even on the wall below your ceiling.
Electric Wall Heaters
These are usually convectional style heaters that are recessed on walls, especially between wall studs. While some models use motorized fan, some use silent radiant heat (and have electric coils). Again, most models have internally integrated thermostats. Generally, you can use these heaters for supplemental heating, especially in small rooms such as in your bathroom. Remember, you shouldn’t install these heaters in your exterior walls because they may conflict with your exterior insulations.
By and large, heaters come in a variety of designs, styles and make. Therefore, when you are looking for a heater for your office, warehouse, home or industrial space, you should consider every heater’s effectiveness in meeting your heating and cooling requirements.