Types of Traditional Heaters for Your Home
There are two main types of traditional heaters available for use indoors: electric heaters and fuel heaters.
Electric heaters must be plugged into an electrical outlet, so they do add to the cost of an electric bill and cannot be used during power outages. Despite these potential drawbacks, electric heaters are by far the most popular type of indoor heater because they are very safe and simple to operate.
- Fuel heaters run on kerosene, gasoline or another type of fuel. You can use these types of heaters even if the power is out, but you must have fuel on hand to burn. Because combustion heaters produce heat by burning fuel, they do pose more of a risk for fires.
No matter what type of heater you purchase, it is important that you read and follow the safety instructions carefully to ensure best results.
What Does BTU Mean?
When you're comparing heater models, one of the main things to consider is their BTU rating. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. One BTU is the equivalent to the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of a pound of water by a single degree Fahrenheit. The higher the BTU rating, the more heat a heater is able to give off into a room. Most portable heaters provide 10,000 to 40,000 BTUs of heat per hour. Larger rooms will require more BTUs for complete heating, as will rooms where there is no other heating source, such as central heating, available.
Decorative Solutions for Keeping Warm
One of the biggest drawbacks to using a portable heater in a home is that ordinary models have an industrial appearance that some people feel detracts from their decor. To address this concern, the manufacturers of heaters now offer decorative options. You can find heaters that look like table and floor lamps. Some heaters also have decorative wood cabinets or feature colorful or modern designs that make them more visually appealing.
Specialty Heaters to Meet Your Needs
While most portable heaters are designed for use virtually anywhere in a home, there are some specialty versions available that are manufactured for specific needs. For example, you can purchase heaters that are made to be used in doghouses in order to keep pets that spend all or much of their time outdoors warm during the winter months. You can also find tabletop heaters, which are compact in size and ideal for use on office desks and in other locations where you need a minimal amount of extra heat.
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