If you need to quickly temper smaller rooms, powerful and at the same time energy-efficient fan heaters provide pleasant heat immediately after switching on. In living and office spaces, motorhomes, hobby rooms or winter gardens, electric fan heaters deliver just as much as in small workshops, garages or warehouses.
When used in a home, fan heaters aren't an ideal solution for a primary method of heating, but they work great to quickly heat smaller rooms and rooms you use occasionally. Every home should own one of these in case there's a malfunction on a primary heating system.
An electric fan heater is a good choice for different rooms - you can install it in the bathroom, kitchen, hallway or any other room that lacks heat. They are available in different dimensions and with different energy consumption labels, and in addition, be sure to choose a model that guarantees silent operation of the fan. The hum of the fan can be quite irritating, especially if you use the heater in rooms where silence is precious.
It should have a built-in thermostat and protection against freezing or overheating. You can choose a model with the option of mounting on the wall or a model that stands on the floor. Heaters are generally divided by power and electricity consumption, so make sure that the selected model has several levels of heating and cooling. They can also blow out cold air, so they can be used for cooling in the summer.
Certain models also have sophisticated advantages such as a built-in clock, digital control and automatic rotation. So even though some of these characteristics may seem excessive to you, make an effort to choose a heater that has an automatic shut-off option, which can be additional insurance in unforeseen situations.
Fan heaters can also be powered by gas. Although gas heaters are a less common choice, they can be found in a variety of sizes and power ratings. Gas heaters might be a better choice in terms of consumption, primarily because the price of gas is lower than the price of electricity in some countries / states, and they are especially practical for camping. Fan heaters are economical and practical heaters, safe if used properly, easy to use and efficient in their purpose.
How do fan heaters work?
Fan heaters work by air convection. They usually have 2 heating elements of 1 kW each and a small fan with an output (capacity) of 2 m3/min that pushes air into the room via the heater.
Because of this, the air in the room mixes quickly, so it heats up the room relatively fast. The fan can also work without heating on and can be used for cooling in the summer. The thermostat regulates the temperature, keeping it at the desired level in the range from +5 °C to +35 °C (40 °F to 95 °F). The bimetallic protective switch switches off the electricity when the set temperature is exceeded. They also have an overheating protection feature.
Are home fan heaters safe?
Fan heaters are safe if used as recommended by manufacturer. Read our special on space heaters safety.
You should always keep the heater at least 3 feet from any flammable materials, such as sofas, couches, drapes or curtains. Make sure the heater is away from children and pets to prevent tipping over.
Can fan heaters cause cancer?
Let's answer this one too, since it seems like there has been a growing concern about whether fan heaters can cause cancer.
No, fan heaters do not cause cancer. But, if you're using a gas fan heater, you should always make sure the room is properly vented to prevent inhalation of unburnt benzene or other carcinogenic hydrocarbons and to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Fan heaters for large spaces
Larger fan heaters work in a similar way for heating halls, workshops and other large spaced rooms. Such heaters have a power of 6 to 24 kW, and the fans have the corresponding power. These fan heaters can take outside air, heat it up and blow inside, heat the inside air or work in combination of the two. Filters, a humidifier and other devices can be added to such devices.
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