- Home Improvement
Portable Heaters - Buy a Radiant Space Heater
Portable heaters, as the name implies, are heaters that you can move around from room to room or take it with you to your office – anywhere you need it. If your HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) system at home isn’t doing the job well or it’s old and inefficient, or you just want to save money on your energy bill, then a portable heater may be just what you need to stay warm this winter.
Most heaters have fans that move the air over a heated coil. If the heater didn’t have the fan, the coil could heat up too much and pose a fire hazard – not something you want in your home. The problem with these types of heaters, though, is that the fans tend to make you cooler which is quite ironic when the purpose is to warm you up, not cool you off. Therein lies a conflict with these traditional types of portable heaters – their purpose is to generate heat, but their design (the inclusion of the fan) cools you down.
The answer is to get a radiant heater. Radiant heaters don’t use fans; instead they use parabolic reflectors, with a heating element at the focal point, or something similar. Rather than by convection (the use of a fan), these radiative heaters spread heat by radiating it rather than by convection (air circulation from a fan.) Radiant heaters are much more efficient than conventional heaters as well, and the heat they produce feels more natural because the heat is supplied the same way the sun supplies it – through radiation.
Remember that radiant heaters, just as conventional heaters with fans, can be dangerous if not used properly, so be sure to read the instructions and adhere to them.
Portable heaters should not be used where children are present.
Another great option to keep warm in your home this winter season is to buy a heated blanket. A heated blanket would also make a great Christmas gift for a loved one!