Why an electric heater may be right for you
An electric heater may be a key item in staying warm and cozy at home this winter. Many of these units are equipped with fans, which help spread warm air in a room. If you’re looking to make a small investment toward comfort during lower temperatures, electric heaters may be right for you.
Understanding heater types with fans
Two popular types of heaters that utilize fans to spread warmth into a space are fan-forced (sometimes called heater fans) and ceramic heaters. Fan-forced heaters use electric-heated metal coils together with a fan to push heat into a room. The coils reach a high temperature and may glow red in some heater types. Fan-forced heaters tend to be small-to-medium in size or of the utility variety. Ceramic heaters use genuine ceramic material within the heating element for its inherent safety and heating qualities. Its fan pushes the warmth into the room. For safety, a ceramic element will automatically activate a wattage reduction or cut-off in the event of air blockage. Ceramic heaters come in many sizes and styles from personal to large, with a variety of features. Both types offer safety protection such as automatic overheat protection.
One of the great benefits of space heaters is their portability. Many have handles to allow users to transport the unit, making the device incredibly versatile and beneficial for nearly every room in the home. If you’re looking to cut down on heating oil prices and have a relatively small household, a portable electric heater could be the solution. However, since these reach high temperatures, consider the safety of children and pets when choosing where to place it in your home.
Considering the benefits and effects
The warm air that’s created from any heater will be dry. Remember that its benefits have other effects, and try not to keep it on all the time. Take some steps in your home to optimize its heat retention abilities. Lock your windows and line the gaps beneath your doors. Keeping more warmth in your home will require less heater use. Be sure to moisturize frequently to keep your skin healthy.
Do not leave your heater running overnight while you sleep. If you tend to be chilly overnight, wear long sleeves and layer up on blankets instead. Leaving a heater on overnight or unattended not only creates a potential safety risk, but it can also dry out your skin and nasal passages.
As with any portable heater, it’s essential to use the devices safely. Leave plenty of space around portable heaters to avoid fire hazards. Never use a space heater with extension cords or surge protectors, and avoid placing them on uneven surfaces. Be mindful of children and pets, and be sure to read safety precautions included with the packaging before using the product. If used properly, an electric heater can make your home feel more comfortable and cozy this winter.
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