Electrical heating systems have been rapidly changing throughout the world. There are now many kinds of heating systems which can be installed in homes. In the last century, using wood and other sorts of materials is acceptable inside heating rooms. These days, technology has paved the way for improvement in these heaters.
There are now many methods of heating different rooms. Some can heat up an entire building while some are just used for some rooms.
Convection Heating System
This method passes electricity which is then converted into heat energy. This heat energy is then used to make the surrounding air hotter. Once cold air is converted into the needed hot air, this air rises up. Cold air that remains on top is lowered as it becomes heavier and then it comes down. The convection system makes use of this process which is repeated on and on.
Radiation Heating System
This is a method that is mostly used by bigger establishments. Radiation heating is used when the room can be directly heated. There is less energy that is lost in this method because the air no longer has to be heated then circulated. This is one of the most effective heating methods, if not the best in the industry today.
Under Floor Heating System
Different commercial establishments use this method to produce heat. There are different electrical apparatuses used under the floor as well as a refrigerant fluid. Electricity produces the heat needed to keep homes warm.
Storage Heating System
These are quite large heaters that are mounted on walls. They make use of off peak electricity during the night which makes this a lot cheaper. The heat is also stored during the night and then slowly released the next day.
An electrician needs to install this because it has special wiring as well as off peak meters. This is the best option that you can resort to if you want centralized heating and where gas and other forms of fuels are not readily available.
Other Electrical Heating Systems
Plinth heater, air curtains, ceramic heater, quartz heaters are also some of the powerful heaters that are being used in many homes and industrial settings. Ask your electrician about the advantages of each one.
The Ups and Downs
Just like any heating method, electrical heating methods also have their advantages and disadvantages. The primary advantage is its purity. Electrical heating is very clean compared to other heating forms which make use of combustion such as coal, gas or oil. There are also no fumes associated with this type of heating. Electrical heating is also a lot easier to set up.
There are many electrical heaters that are now portable, meaning, you can have heating wherever you want to go.
A downside is that it is more expensive to run electrical heating systems. When you look at the relative costs, though, you will realize that gas price also depends on current local conditions at a particular time.
The running cost for an electrical heater will be higher if there is no thermostat or if left running for longer periods of time. This won’t be a problem if you have a low wattage heater, though. So if you have a high power heater minus the thermostat in your home, then you must only use it for short periods of time. After that, you should switch it off or be prepared to pay exorbitant electric bills.
A plug-in thermostat can be used in providing external temperature control. A lot of heaters even have frost watch setting that only switches on the heater if the temperature goes down to a certain level. This can be a good precautionary measure against bursting pipes. With these in mind and with a little help from a licensed electrician, you should be able to pick the most suitable choice for your home.