Electric heat is the most common type of heating method and includes the largest selection of heating appliances in the industry today. Depending on the specific variety, space heaters use electricity to heat whichever element design the heating appliance employs. Some units use ceramic elements that heat a block of ceramic material to transfer heat. Another type is reflective heat which uses reflective radiation--similar to the sun--that will heat the surrounding objects and people, opposed to wasting energy by heating the air in the room. Aside from these two methods, electric heaters also can operate using heating oil.
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What are the different types of heating technologies available?

There are two basic types of heaters: Convection and Radiant:

A Convection Heater is a heating appliance that distributes warmth evenly and consistently throughout the desired space.  They include ceramic types, electric-element designs and liquid filled. Convection designs are recommended for larger areas and are the preferred method for raising ambient room temperature. (Performance greatly depends on outdoor climate and how well your house is insulated – view our FAQ for more details) .  They use various heating elements to heat the air. As the air rises, it is replaced by cooler air below the element. Once the cool air heats up, the cycle then continues.

The second type of technology is the Radiant Heater where heat is emitted from infrared radiation.   The output surface can range from a Halogen Bulb (reflective desings), a glowing panel, a concrete block, a bar radiator or an ignited burner head as in Propane Heaters. This heat directly warms people and objects in the room, rather than warming the air.  This type of heat is not affected by the wind which is why it the preferred technology for outdoor applications (Patio Heaters).  Radiant heaters are also the ideal choice for basements and garages since they are very effective at targeted spot heating.  However, they are not practical or recommended for warming large areas.

What Are Ceramic Heaters:
Ceramic heaters are coil-based units that utilize a fan to draw air through a special conducting ceramic element and then direct it outward into the room.  Because the ceramic core is larger than the heating coils, it can operate at a lower temperature, continuously releasing the same amount of energy over a larger area.  Furthermore, due to the properties of the material used, it maintains its temperature for longer than a standard, electric heater…resulting in maximum energy efficiency.



Main Benefits of Ceramic Heaters:
Safe: The operating temperature of the ceramic heating element is below the ignition temperature of household materials. The ceramic heating element self-regulates the heat output in case the air inlet is blocked. Cool touch cabinets also provide the additional safety around children and pets.
Energy Efficient: Ceramic heating elements retain more heat than most of the other types of heater designs and additionally save energy by cycleing on and off as needed to maintain the thermostat. The built-in thermostat saves energy by turning on and off the heater to maintain your desired temperature.
Instant Heat: Ceramic heaters provide fast and effective heat.
Consistent Space Heating: Ceramic heaters provide effective backround heat while still retaining abilities for directional spot heating. The fan helps distribute the heat evenly throughout the room, while models with the oscillation function distribute directional heat over an even larger area.
Compact Size: Ceramic heaters have a small footprint and are relatively compact maximizing portability.

What are Reflective - Radiant Heaters:
Reflective Halogen & Radiant heaters are the latest in heating technology utilizing a glowing red element or Halogen Bulb and metal reflector to radiate heat to a specific area.  Both energy efficient and widely used, reflective & radiant heating uses light to deliver warmth to nearby objects and people rather than heating the air in the same fashion as the sun. This direct heat method provides much higher comfort levels than older technologies because the warmth will be felt instantly as if one was sitting in a sunlit living room on a brisk, sunny winter day.

Main Benefits of reflective Heaters:
Energy Efficient: Heat regulator saves energy by turning on and off element to maintain desired output setting.
Instant Heat: Radiant heaters provide fast and effective heat.
Directional Space Heating: Radiant heaters provide very effective directional heat targeting specific area's.
Durable Housing: Radiant heaters have durable metal housings.

What are Micathermic Heaters:
Micathermic, a new technology that combines both reflective and convection heating technologies, provides fast heat and instant comfort where it’s needed most.  As natural as sunlight, the heater distributes feel-good warmth evenly and consistently throughout the room. What is a micathermic heating element? It is a sheet of heating element that has made use of the mineral "Mica" associated with other elements. To take advantage of mica mineral, this kind of heating element can supply 99% heat to the air instantly. The main reason is that mica has wide ranges of properties such as electrical and mechanical strength and high temperature stability.



Main Benefits of Micathermic Heaters:

Energy Efficient: Built-in thermostat saves energy by turning on and off the heater to maintain set temperature.
Instant Heat: Micathermic heaters provide fast and effective heat.
Consistent Space Heating: Provides the effective background heat of convection technology. Allows heat to disperse from its top and from both sides. The convection heat rises from the top of the unit which warms the air which is crucial for raising ambient room temperature.
Directional Space Heating: Provides the effective directional spot heating capabilities of radiant heat.
Large Heater Surface: These units have a large heater surface which ensures the whole room is filled with the maximum amount of heat each time.
Durable Housing: Micathermic heaters have durable metal housings.

What are Oil Filled Heaters - Radiators:
An Oil Filled Heater doesn't actually burn oil. Instead, it uses electricity to heat the oil that is sealed inside the columns or fins. Once the oil is heated, it is then transferred to the casing and to the air circulating the fins. Since the oil remains warm and still radiates heat even after the unit is shut-off they are the most energy efficient design available. However, Oil-filled units take longer to heat a room because they rely on natural convection.  Oil-filled heaters are safe as they will not burn when touched and have a very slim chance of catching fire if tipped or pushed over.  This is a very good choice for areas that need long-term heating and are very convenient as it is safe to leave them unattended for extended periods of time.  Furthermore, A reduced level of activity and air movement and will also increase heat output as horizontal temperature layers can form and increase performance.



Main Benefits of Oil-Filled Heaters:

Energy Efficient: Radiators use convection to efficiently heat cold room air. The hot oil contained in the metal radiator housing retains more heat than some other types of heating elements, and the built-in thermostat turns the unit on and off, thereby saving energy while maintaining your desired temperature.
Quiet: Oil filled radiators operate quietly.
Whole Room Heating: Oil filled radiators generate non-directional heat which effectively heats larger areas than smaller space heaters.

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