What Makes a Heater Economical?

How Economical is Your Heater?

heaterSaving energy is a hot topic at the moment. So, whether the reason be environmental or financial, products that save energy are experiencing a surge in popularity. Electric heaters are commonplace in many homes but a unanimous complaint is that they are not particularly energy efficient; this needn’t be the case though. Here are a few things to look out for to make sure you are getting the most effective heating system possible.

 

Aluminium Shell

Aluminium is light weight and a superb conductor of heat, making it perfect for electric heaters. The main benefit of aluminium is that is it conducts heat in a uniform manner; reducing cold spots which can effect a heaters efficiency.

 

Tungsten Heating Element

Tungsten elements retain heat for longer than wire elements made from materials such as nichrome alloy. Tungsten also absorbs heat quickly meaning a speedier delivery of heat from the initial turning on of the heater.

 

Thermo Dynamic Gel

This gel absorbs heat from the element and retains it; this means the heater uses less power over a long period. Heaters that contain this gel will make a significant, positive impact on your electricity bill.

 

Size

Make sure you have the right sized heater for your room. A small heater running on full power will use more electricity than a large heater running at a lower power despite delivering a similar amount of heat. A heater that is too small for a room is also likely to heat only a certain percentage of a room and leave the rest cold.

 

Intelligent Thermostat

An intelligent, computerized, thermostat will keep your heater at a set temperature more effectively than a traditional thermostat. One of the most energy draining functions a heater performs is heating the element. Traditional thermostats will let the element cool exponentially more than intelligent thermostats when they hit their required temperature; meaning more energy is used just to keep the temperature of the heater constant.

 

Placement

Though this has nothing to do with the heater itself, the placement in the room is imperative to get maximum efficiency. Wherever possible the heater should be situated in the coldest part of the room this normally near the window or the door as these areas are prone to draughts.