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A Helpful Guide to Choosing a Space Heater
Shopping for a new heating system can be a confusing process. It's easy to get overwhelmed because there are so many to choose from. But by answering a few easy questions, you can help prioritize what features are most important to you and narrow your search. Review the questions below, so you can determine which option is best for you.
How large is the space you're trying to heat?
The type of heater you need depends a lot on the size of the space you are trying to heat. Often, the product information lists the coverage area, which gives you an idea of the size of the room that will be effectively warmed.
If this information isn't included in the product specifications, look at the maximum output, which is listed in BTUs. This is a good indicator of the heating power a unit provides. Generally, you'll need more BTUs to warm a larger space.
Do you have children or pets?
If you have children or pets, safety features are very important factors to consider. Look for an option that has a no-glow heating element or a casing that remains cool-to-the-touch while it's being used.
Other important features to look for include automatic shut-off capability. These safety features help prevent fires by automatically shutting the unit off if it gets tipped over or too hot.
How much room do you have?
Before you make a purchase, it's important to consider how much room you have for it. There are a lot of shapes and sizes available, so be sure to pay attention to the product dimensions.
Do you want a multi-function model?
Many newer models come with multi-function capabilities. These units often include a fan function that circulates warm air throughout the room. This feature lets you use the heating system all year long. If this is a feature that appeals to you, make sure the fan can be operated with or without heat.
Other features to look for include built-in air purifiers or humidifiers. This option is very efficient and saves space by combining 3 or 4 appliances into one compact unit.
What is your ideal noise level?
Most models are designed to be as quiet as possible. In general, units that use a fan to distribute heat will be slightly noisier than those with no fan feature.
If you want a completely silent option, oil filled or micathermic heaters are ideal. They use natural convection to distribute heat and have no internal fan.
This option is much quieter and won't distub quietly sleeping memebers of the family.
What do I want it to look like?
There are a wide range of styles available that are sure to match your home decor. Many units come in different colors, so you can choose the perfect one for your space.
If you want to create a unique look that transforms your space, consider an electric fireplace. These units allow you to add a decorative touch to the room, and offer cozy warmth for you to enjoy.
How easy is it to operate?
Many units come with extra features that make them more convenient and easy to use. Look at the pictures to see if the control panel looks easy to operate.
Some come with an easy to use dial or touch button controls. Other handy features include a back lit screen, timer and remote control.
Now that you've considered several factors that differentiate one heater from another, it's time to make a choice.