1. Is a space heater right for me?
A space heater is the ideal way to quickly heat a bedroom or office, especially for the cold winter months when heating a whole home is expensive! This heating method has the ability to warm up to 150 square feet - about the size of an average bedroom.
Most models are portable and safe to use around the house without any worries. If interested in extra precautions, look for models that come with a safety tip over switch. If the unit tips over, the power will immediately be shut off to prevent fire.
There are several types of space heating systems available including: reflective heat, ceramic heat, and oil heat. Of course there is also the old-fashioned electric heat that has been in use for a very long time (where a heating element is warmed and a fan blows air across the heating element to distribute the heat that is created).
2. Is an oil-filled heater a better method for heating my room and office?
Oil-filled heat was the first method of capturing heat. Before oil-filled heaters came about, the only way to warm a home was to produce an open fire. The oil-filled heating method are typically found today in the radiators of old homes and schools.
Today, these heating systems are safe to use under desks and in other small, closed-in areas. They are safe as they will not burn when touched and have a low chance of catching fire when tipped or pushed over. They're also the most energy efficient as the oil remains warm and still radiates warmth even when shut-off.
3. Are there more benefits with a propane heater?
Propane heating is commonly used by commercial businesses in open spaces that need to warm a wider area. Propane heaters usually make use of a high-powered fan along with a forced cylinder to pump out warm air created by the combusting propane.
These units usually come with electronic ignition, making them easy to start. Always make sure that your propane heating system is well vented because if not properly vented you can put yourself and others at risk for inhalation of carbon monoxide.
Propane heating methods not only cover larger spaces, but are also inexpensive, usually smaller than industrial, permanent units, and are portable for any spot-heating you may need.
4. Should I purchase a garage heater for heating places outside my actual house?
Garage heaters are used to bring warmth to bigger spaces but are not suitable for in-home use. These models use a high-powered fan so that your garage can be rapidly heated to a comfortable temperature. This type of heating system uses heating elements that warm up and blow hot air throughout the space.
This heating method is great for workshops, garages, and home gyms. Most units include optional mounting for either ceiling or wall placement. This allows for flexibility so the unit can placed be up and out of the way, giving you any additional workspace. Most garage heaters are also able to be hardwired with your electricity for turning your heater on by the flip of a switch.
5. Patio heaters - Do they really work and how?
Patio Heaters are used for those who own open patios in homes or restaurants. This outdoor heating method supplies the warmth you need and adds the finishing touch to your home entertainment or outdoor dining experience.
Typically, patio heating systems are classified by the coverage area. There are electric ignitions on most models along with adjustable flames to decide how much heat radiates from the dome of the heater. These models use Liquid Propane Gas (LP) as a heating agent. It's an accessible heat source and easy to change.
For smaller outdoor areas, also try a table top patio heater. This heat source offers the same desirable effects and results that a regular-sized patio heating system offers. For cooler, outdoor areas, or those that are used at night, this heat source is the way to go!