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How Do I Choose the Best Electric Convection Heater?

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An electric convection heater can be relatively safe compared to other heaters that blow hot air around, which can overheat objects and cause fires. The unit typically makes air warmer near it, and this air rises. Cooler air flows toward the system and it warms that too. Convection heaters often work slower than other systems that blow hot air or transmitted it to specific areas. If the right product for the size of the room is chosen, however, it will usually work more efficiently, while other factors to look for are extra features, noise, safety, and cost.

One thing to consider when choosing an electric convection heater is size. If the unit is too small, it probably won’t have much of an effect for people sitting on couches. The ceiling is typically heated first and most of the heated air will likely remain suspended. Large heaters will use more energy than necessary, so it is generally a good idea to pick the right device for the size of the room. The correct unit size will ensure the most comfort, as well as cost savings in the initial purchase and energy used.

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An electric convection heater can also include a fan, but such a machine often cost more. One advantage to this type of heater is that it doesn’t use gas, propane, or oil, so the costs of replenishing these can be avoided. The convection variety typically operates more slowly than other heating systems, so units with timers might be beneficial if you know the hour you’ll arrive home. Controls that can be easily seen generally make using an electric convection heater more convenient, so are a good feature to consider in getting your money’s worth.

Usually, electric convection heaters have cords that plug into a wall outlet. If you think the cord will get in the way when people walk through the room, then a heater with a compartment to store the wiring can help. Other extra features can be a mechanism for preventing frost from building up. An electric heater sometimes comes with a thermostat, which will enable you to have control over the desired temperature of the room.

Safety features are also important to look at when choosing an electric convection heater. Some units are able to shut down if they overheat, while others will automatically turn off if they fall over. The best system will typically use a conservative amount of power, require little maintenance, and make the environment in the room comfortable for everyone when the weather outside is cold.

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