Summer has officially come and gone, which means that it’s time to pack up the swim suits, beach towels, and flip flops, to make way for plaid shirts, light sweaters, and boots. However, clothing items aren’t the only things that we need to make room for. Remember that fall brings in cooler temperatures, which means we also have bring out heating devices to stay comfortable. Examine your AC/Heat system and determine if it’s going to last for the rest of the year. After all, the last thing you want is for the heat to break down in the middle of a cold night.
A lot of families think twice before using central heating, because it can get pricey. If the whole house doesn’t need the heat, then maybe you’re better off purchasing portable electric space heaters that can save money on electricity in the long run.
If you think that that the heating devices in your home need replacing, or if you’d rather purchase a single heating unit as opposed to using a centralized system, be sure to check online or browse your local newspapers for good deals on electronics, and see if there are any good heaters on sale.
A number of factors will affect your heater of choice. Consider the size of your home, the number of people who will need it, and the kinds of activities that you’ll be doing. Are you planning to heat up the whole house, or just a single room? Do you have enough space for it? Be sure to ask all these questions and create a checklist of your heater “must-haves.”
The succeeding paragraphs will discuss different types of heaters, as well as their brief descriptions and uses. Take the time to look into these products and see which one is right for you and your home.
Radiant Heater – This type of heater provides instant heat for objects instead of heating up the air. A lot of models make use of reflectors to focus heat in a specific direction. A radiant heater is best used in a room with a single occupant because it’s designed to only provide heat to objects that are in its line of sight. Be careful though, as a radiant heater can present potential danger if put in the wrong place or if you forget to turn it off. If possible, get one with an automatic timer that switches the device off automatically after a certain period of time.
Panel Heater – This is a popular choice for people who want to heat up a whole room with multiple occupants, because a panel heater is energy efficient, easy to install, and powerful enough to warm up an entire room in minutes. A panel heater can simply be attached to a wall near an outlet, and it’s just a matter of plug and play to operate. Panel heaters usually have a thermostat control that maintains the desired heat so you wouldn’t have to keep readjusting it. These devices are virtually noise-free, so you’ll be able to enjoy a warm and toasty room without any buzzing or hissing in the background. They also come in various shapes, sizes, and colors so you’re free to pick one that will blend in with a room’s décor.
Ceramic Heater – This type of heater can be as portable as a radiant heater, while having the capability to heat up a whole room as well. Ceramic heaters provide directional space heating, but they also make use of fans to distribute the heat across a room. Moreover, newer models allow the use of the fan alone (meaning without the heat) allowing people to use it even in warmer temperatures.
When you finally decide on a heater, be sure to keep up with its maintenance schedule and requirements to increase its longevity. Safety should also be a top priority. Never leave a heater on for too long, and keep electrical cables organized and out of the way.
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