As a homeowner, there are plenty of things to add on your to-do list at the onset of winter. And one of the most important of those tasks is making sure your home is properly heated so that it can keep its inhabitants warm and comfortable even on the coldest of nights.
But there’s so much you need to learn and understand in order to get the best heating option for your home. Don’t worry – we’re here to help! Read on to get answers to the most frequently asked questions about heaters.
1. What type of heater works best for each room in a home?
Different spaces in a home have different heating requirements. For instance, a living room requires a heater than can keep the space consistently warm, so either a convection or panel heater would be most ideal.
On the other hand, when it comes to the bedroom, go for an oil-filled heater or a panel heater, and make sure it has a timer and a thermostat so you can control the warmth if provides. Because you also have thick blankets to keep you warm in your bed, a bedroom doesn’t require too much heating.
You can also opt for a heater with a radiant design because you generally just need to heat the area of the bed in a bedroom. Remember though that this kind of heater emits light, and if you need pitch black darkness to sleep, it’s best not to go for this type of heater.
Finally, for an office space or workshop space in your home where movement or activity is concentrated in a particular space (for example, your work table or desk), use a fan or radiant design for efficient, more directed heating.
2. What rating is used to measure a heater’s output?
Space heaters are usually measured in wattage. If you want to convert the rating into BTU or British Thermal Units, you only need to multiply the wattage by 3.41.
3. Can I use my portable heater as my main source of heat?
Depending on where you live and what part of winter you’re in, it is possible to use your portable heater as the main source of heat in a certain space in your home. Note however that in the deepest of winter and in the coldest parts of the day, you might need more substantial heating and should only depend on a portable heater for supplemental heat.
4. What affects my heater’s performance?
Various factors about your home can affect how well your heater functions. First, the existing insulation of your home or building can determine how much heat space can contain and for how long. Spaces with high ceilings also have a negative effect on the effectiveness of one’s heater – essentially, the higher the ceiling, the more heat space will require. The number of doors and windows in the space you are heating also affect a heater’s effectiveness.
Outside of your home, the temperature and climate in your area also greatly affect how you are able to warm the space inside your home.