Electric heaters provide a cost-effective means of generating heat in the house, depending on the type. Some heaters are basically used to heat up water, others food and other substances, while most are used to just keep the house warm during the cold weather. The issue on whether they consume unnecessarily more electricity or not remains a subject to be debated on, but the impact of electric heaters in many households continues to be widely observed.
One type of popular electric heaters is the storage heater. This is an electric heater that stores heat during specific periods of time, depending on user preference, and then release it later when required to. However, they are only cost effective when they are used for the specific time tariffs defined by the user. Storage electrical heaters include manual storage heaters, automatic storage heaters, manual combination storage heaters and automatic combination storage heaters.
There are also wall panel electric heaters. These are commonly used for overall house warming. They steadily heat a huge area. These heaters can be portable or permanent whereby they are mounted to a wall, ceiling or a central location according to preference. These types of heaters use much less power but then again they generate heat of less intensity than most contemporary electric heaters. Even though they are relatively slow in heating up a room, they consume considerably less power. However, they may not be the best options for area that require heat fast and over a very short period of time.
Convector heaters are air heating appliances that convert heat into the immediate aerial environment, and expanding it. As a result, the entire aerial coverage is heated up. They could be termed as heat exchange. These are safer options for heating than the above types, in that the heating entity is fully encapsulated and therefore apt for home utilization. The source of heat is not exposed at all.
Fan heaters on the other hand, as the name suggests, use fans to transport air over a heated object. The makes the air hot, and as it exits the heater it warms the immediate environment. In as much as it is a quick and easy source of heat in the room or house, there is the downside of the noise produced by the fan when in operation.
Finally, the most used heating appliance is the shower heater. They use electricity to heat up water as it comes out of the shower. Conductors found in the shower cup are heated by electricity, and when the shower is turned on, cold water rushes over them. As a result, the water is heated and comes out hot