A space heater is a piece of equipment that heats a single, small to medium-sized space. It’s a great way to warm up a room, whether it’s a living room or an office, when it’s cold outside or in the winter.
Electricity or the burning of flammable fuel powers space heaters. Natural gas, kerosene, propane, or wood are examples of flammable fuels that are used in combustion space heaters.
There are three main types of electric space heaters.
Heaters by convection:
A heating element is heated by passing electricity through a convection heater. The process is known as joule heating, and the elements are either ceramic or metal. Convection is the process by which heat moves into the room’s air. While some heaters have a fan to improve air flow, oil-filled space heaters do not.
Heaters in the infrared range:
Additionally, infrared heaters heat a conductive wire by passing electricity through it. Instead of convection, radiant heating provides the majority of the heat. The hot wire transfers heat to a solid surface rather than the air around it by emitting infrared rays.
In reverse, heat pumps follow the same procedure as air conditioners and refrigerators. Heat pumps move heat around, whereas convective and infrared heaters generate heat from electricity. Heat pumps warm a room by transferring heat from the outside. Many are reversible and can circulate heat to cool the room.