Nairobi weather has been the coldest it has been this month. According to accuweather the temperatures have been hovering around 14 degrees. Other than keeping warm clothing, room heaters can help you overcome these extreme temperatures.
Choosing the space heater for your home is one of the most important things you can do in this weather w. Without enough heating, you & your family risk getting sick, catching a cold, etc. Space heaters provide quick and efficient solutions for those who need to stay cozy and warm during wintertime. Space heaters use convection heating to heat the air around them causing warm currents to rise and circulate throughout the room, giving off heat as they go.
When the question arises, How to Choose a Space Heater, you must be focusing on the below mentioned important factors that you need to know.
There are different types of heaters like room heaters, portable space heaters, outdoor heaters, fuel type heaters include convection and radiant heaters, gas type heaters, and many more.
There is a wide range of fan-forced heaters available in a variety of stylish designs. These include a fan, used to spread heat all around the room, and will give a quick warm temperature to your environment.
They can be budget-friendly but can create louder noise than other types of heaters.
These types of heaters are the most common and are also called radiant heaters.
The advantage of oil-filled room warmers is that they work quietly because the heat sends out from the surface instead of being pushed by a fan. They quickly heat the small spaces but take a little longer to heat the whole room.
They are perfect for the bedrooms due to their exceptionally quiet operation and give effective heating.
These room heaters comes with the temperature control and automatic shut-off devices, making these room heaters a safe choice
INFRARED HEATERS: (QUARTZ)
They are more stylish in design as compared to other types of heaters. They use photons as an energy source, and the invisible light provides direct heat to the particular objects and people that it is pointing at or comes in its path. It is ideal for small spaces or individual use. It only warms up the objects or people, but not the air, and because of that, the warmth will disappear once the heater shuts off.
Size of the heater
The size of the heater matters a lot as it is important to consider what size will suit your needs best.
Electric heaters are the most expensive way to heat, and if you want to save your money, then you must choose the perfect size because if you buy one that is too large, it may waste energy, and will unnecessarily raise your electric bill.
Always study the guide before buying the right size without wasting time and energy. If you are looking for a family room, then you must consider the large size or standard size.
It will easily heat space in 15 minutes, and for bedrooms or small spaces like 50- 100 sq ft, you can choose a small size heater. Also, keep in mind that if you are living in snowy areas, then your heater will consume more energy as compared to other areas.
While buying the space heater, it is most important not to overlook the safety feature. Misusing space heaters is one of the common reasons behind home fires.
Your space heater must provide the following preventative measures to ensure the safety of your house. These are:
- Your heater must have the overheat protection that shuts the heater off if it overheats.
- Another feature is tip-over protection that turns the heater off when it is knocked down or tipped over and reduces the risk of burns.
- Damaged heaters or missing cords are the major reason behind fires, injuries, and deaths associated with space heaters. You must always replace or service them before use to avoid accidents.
- Do not use flammable liquids around the heaters.
Most electrical appliances or space heaters produce some noise during their operation. If you are sleeping or doing some meetings in the office, then sometimes it can be annoying.
Always consider a silent heater like oil-filled radiator for quiet and peaceful environments like your bedroom or office. Radiant heaters are a perfect example of silent heaters.
Other heaters that produce a little noise like a fan-forced are good for whole room heating.
If you want to save money or are worried about maintaining low heating costs, then you must consider an energy efficient heater. Selecting a small size for a large room causes it to work overtime to warm your space, which wastes energy and dramatically increases your energy bill. Before buying the space heater you can also estimate the cost by using a simple formula:
Also, the special features like a thermostat, multiple heat settings, low wattage, and programmable timers play an important role in minimizing the energy and electricity bills.
We summarize the various types of heaters available for room heating particularly in Kenya.
|Heaters types comparison|
|DIFFERENCE||OIL HEATER||FAN HEATER||HALOGEN OR QUARTZ HEATER|
|Alternate Names||Oil Filled Room Heater||Convection/Ceramic Heater or Blower||Infrared/Radiant Heaters|
|Working||Oil filled in the fins & columns heats up. Being silicone oil, it does not evaporate on heating.||A fan/blower works continuously to produce and regulate heat in the room.||It works by radiating heat from the Halogen tubes.|
|Heating Area||Large rooms & offices||Small rooms & offices||Small rooms & offices|
|Noise Level||Very Silent||Fan Noise||Very Silent|
|Light Emission||No light||No light||Light emission|
|Timer||Automatic Timer||Variations in models||Automatic Timer|
|Humidity/Oxygen Level||Does not alter oxygen level||Alters oxygen level||Alters oxygen level|
|Thermostat Feature||Available||Not Available||Available|
|Portability||Heavier, but easily portable with wheels||Easy to carry||Easily Portable|
|Safety||Safest for kids & pets||Safe||Not safe, rods emitt heat|
|Heating Power||3,000 Watts||2,000 Watts||800-1,200 Watts|
|Advantages||Constant heating||Warms room instantly||Provides heat to focused area|
|Environment friendly||Very Inexpensive||Energy efficient|
|Maintains Oxygen Level||Preferred for residential rooms||Instant heating|
|Disadvantages||No instant heating||Consumes lot of energy||Not suitable for large space|
|Heavy to lift||Creates noise||Unsafe for kids & pets|
|Expensive||Alters O2 level||No air filtering|
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