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What is a Space Heater? - Etshera Housewares

What is a Space Heater?

The arrival of Winter brings colder temperatures, shorter days, and bundling up to stay warm. If Old Man Winter has invaded your bedroom, office, or workplace, a winter coat and gloves may not be your best option. A portable heater will help to keep you warm during the winter season.

Space heaters are portable heaters designed to safely warm a small area or room. Space heaters come in a variety of sizes and types to ensure you can find the right one giving you the extra warmth needed in your bedroom or office through the cold winter months.

Continue reading as we discuss space heaters, learn about the different types of portable heaters, and their uses, and review some safety precautions when using portable heaters.

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What is a space heater and what does it do?

Space heaters are small portable heaters that are efficient at safely heating a room or workspace to keep you warm and happy. Space heaters come in a variety of sizes and options so find one to heat your bedroom, garage, and even provide temporary heat in outdoor spaces.

What are space heaters used for?

Space heaters are home products used to safely and quickly heat an indoor space. They can make your home or office feel warmer in 5 seconds or less. They are safe to use around small children and pets giving you peace of mind along with warmer temperatures.

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What are the different types of space heaters?

Space heaters come in two main types, convection and radiant. Continue reading to learn about both types and how they work.

  • Radiant heaters

Radiant heaters work like the sun to heat the objects around them. Radiant heaters can heat without direct contact with the heater. You do not need to touch it to feel its warmth. Radiant heaters are more efficient and can heat objects quicker than other methods.

  • Convection heaters

Convection heaters operate by moving air over heated coils to increase their temperature. The air is used to transfer the heat to the surrounding area. Most convection heaters use a fan to move the air but the fan can be noisy and is not essential to operate the heater.

What are space heaters used for?

Space heaters are designed to be portable and quickly heat small areas. Most portable heaters are electric and can be used to heat a closed space such as a bedroom or office. They are more efficient than using a conventional heating system since they concentrate on a smaller area.

Larger space heaters that run off kerosene or propane are designed to heat outdoor areas, patios, or garages. They are less efficient than electric models and are capable of heating large areas. They require fresh airflow since their exhaust gasses are dangerous in enclosed areas.

Is a space heater a good idea for me?

A portable heater is the best choice to heat a small space or office area. They consume less energy and are more efficient than conventional heating systems in small spaces. They can also be the best option to heat an area that does not have another heating source.

It is not recommended to heat larger areas or multiple rooms with the use of portable heaters. Conventional heating systems will be a better cost-effective measure to heat larger areas or entire homes.

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Do space heaters use a lot of electricity?

Depending on the model and type, portable heaters can use up to 1500 watts of energy to operate. Operating for just a few dollars a day, space heaters are considered energy efficient and are far more cost-effective to heat a small space than a conventional heating system.

Different types of space heaters

There are many different energy efficient space heaters currently available. We will give a brief overview of each type and some advantages and disadvantages of each one.

  • Ceramic Space Heaters

Ceramic space heaters use ceramic plates that are heated to warm the area around the plates. Ceramic space heaters can use a fan to spread the heat via airflow. They can also allow the air to radiate into the room.

One advantage of ceramic heaters is they’re lightweight. They also can radiate heat after they have been turned off. They are also considered one of the safest space heaters and are resistant to starting a fire if accidentally knocked over.

Ceramic heaters can be noisier than the other space heater models. They also take a bit of time to heat up.

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Oil-filled space heaters

Oil-filled space heaters are convection heaters that are filled with oil. The oil inside the heater is heated, transferring that heat to the air around them. The oil does not need to be changed and remains inside for the life of the heater.

Oil-filled space heaters are considered safer since there are no exposed elements in the heater. They are also efficient and can keep a space warm for a long period. Oil-filled space heaters do not use fans and are quiet during the heating process.

The only drawbacks to oil-filled space heaters are their size. They are bigger and heavier than most other space heater designs. They also take some time for the oil to heat and can be slow in producing heat in the room.

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  • Infrared space heaters

Infrared space heaters are radiant heaters. They emit electromagnetic waves to heat objects nearby. They are best for small areas and objects or people directly in front of them.

The biggest advantages to infrared space heaters are the instant warmth they can provide and they are the most energy efficient.

Infrared heaters can get hot to the touch and stop producing heat immediately when the power is removed.

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  • Propane and Kerosene space heaters

Both propane and kerosene space heaters run on fuel that produces dangerous exhaust fumes. They can’t be used indoors and are only recommended outdoor or in areas with good ventilation. They are the most effective in heating larger areas.


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Space Heater Safety Tips

Below are some general safety tips when using space heaters.

  • Keep flammable items away from the space heater.
  • Do not leave space heaters unattended.
  • Do not use space heaters in bathrooms or around water.
  • Only plug space heaters into wall plugs. Do not use extension cords.
  • Ensure the power cord is in good condition before using the heater.
  • Keep space heaters out of the reach of children.

Why is Blaux Heatcore the best space heater?

Now that we have learned all about space heaters, the differences between each of the models, and how they operate, we can look at the most efficient and quickest heating space heater on the market: Blaux Heatcore Heater.

The Blaux Heatcore Heater is a small, powerful, energy-efficient fast acting heater. The Blaux Heatcore heats up in under 5 seconds. Blaux Heatcore is perfect for your desk or bedside table. It is small but can heat your room in a matter of minutes

Blaux Heatcore does not have exposed elements and its fire retardant plastic casing makes it safe for use around children and pets. The tip-over safety feature automatically turns the Blaux Heatcore heater off if accidentally knocked over. It is turned back on by replacing it upright. Remember to purchase it through its official website.

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