Fan Heaters: What are these?
During winter, we expect to have a proper functioning central or stand-alone heating system and get quite frustrated (to say the least) in case of an accident or malfunction. There is no way one can ensure him/herself from the unforeseen circumstances leading to the breakdown of the home heating system. Nevertheless, by buying an additional heating source, that is portable and can instantly provide the required level of heating, it is possible to avoid being caught in the midst of a freezing home nightmare.
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Fortunately, there are a wide range of heating appliances currently available on the market, that one can make use of in a worst case scenario. Fan heaters prove to be quite popular among today’s customers: they are light, portable, have an aesthetically appealing exterior and an affordable price.
A fan heater can heat a room instantaneously by continuously pushing a large volume of air through the heating element using a built-in fan. Depending on the model, a fan heater might incorporate a thermostat, a humidifier and a mobile base which allows for a 180 degrees rotation of the device. The technical principle behind the functioning of a fan heater is quite simple, the fan draws cold air from the room, passes it through the incandescent heating element and feeds it back into the room.
The heating element rapidly reaches the required temperature, and the forced air injection makes the heat to be quickly and equally distributed throughout the room. When the heating element is turned off, many fan heaters are capable of performing the function of a conventional fan as well. A fan heater is perfect for situations when there is no need to maintain a constant level of heat throughout the day, but rather achieving a high heating capacity in the shortest time possible.
Looking for a fan heater
The first thing to consider when looking for a fan heater, is the the type of the heating element used, which typically is either coiled or spiral. The spiral heating element quickly burns oxygen, and if the device is used in a dusty environment it emits a somewhat unpleasant odor. It is used less frequently at the moment, and mainly in the low-end models.
In contrast, the coiled fan heater is energy-efficient and fireproof, and does not impact upon the air quality. The heaters are equipped with axial or tangential fans. The former, are small but noisy, and are mainly used in portable devices. The later, are quiet and fairly bulky, but ensure a powerful airflow, due to which are mostly used in stationary installations.
Fan heater types
Depending on the place where a fan heater is eventually installed or placed, it can be classified into following categories:
- Mounted onto walls
- Standing (floor) heaters
- Desktop heaters
- Ceiling heaters
The desktop fan heaters, are light and compact, easy to store and move from one place to another.
The floor heaters normally are designed in the form of a column. These are more productive and less noisy, compared to portable desk heaters. In the summer, standing fan heaters can be used as ordinary fans to cool out the air in the room and create a pleasant air draft.
Wall heaters generate a powerful jet of hot air, and since these can be mounted onto walls, it saves a lot of room space. Likewise an air conditioning installation, the wall fan heater can also be remotely controlled, which makes the exploitation nice and easy.
The ceiling fan heaters are suitable for rooms with high ceilings. These are distributing the heat more equally throughout the room, compared to the previous mentioned types, but will require some effort in the beginning in order to be installed.
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