In the previous post, we told you all that you should know about Oil Filled Radiators or OFRs. Today, we’ll cover fan heaters that enjoy a lion’s share in the room heating solutions business across the cooler regions of our country.
What is a Fan Heater?
A heater that uses a fan to blow air over a source of heating, such as a heating element, is known as a fan heater. These electric heaters generally come as portable, plug-in models and are fairly silent to use.
What Does a Fan Heater Look Like?
Fan heaters come in varying shapes, sizes, capacities and colors. Since these heaters are specifically designed to blow hot air, the fan is the most important component in their design. This fan is encased in a metallic, plastic or ceramic case (the heater body). Other components of a fan heater include:
- Heating element
- Fan blades
- Thermal fuse
- Wattage selector switch
- Tip over switch
- Air outlet; and
- Power cord
In terms of variety there’s a plethora of options to choose from to suit your bespoke home heating and aesthetic requirements.
How Does a Fan Heater Work?
Typically a fan heater unit has a ceramic heating element such as ceramic plates or aluminium baffles. These get heated up when electricity passes through them. The fan then blows hot air over the source of heat. In this process, the air gets heated up and upon leaving the heater, warms up the surroundings.
Most fan heaters operate on either of the two heating technologies – tungsten or PTC.
Are Fan Heaters Efficient?
If you’re looking for a quick blast of warmth in a small-to-medium sized enclosed room for a short period of time (2-3 hours in one go), then a fan heater would give you the maximum bang for your buck.
Fan heaters have a simple design and construction, which makes them slightly more affordable as compared to other sophisticated room heating solutions for spot heating.
Also, since the heating element heats up quickly without requiring too much electricity, fan heaters make for an efficient as well as cost effective solution for spot heating in the longer run.
Are Fan Heaters Safe to Use?
Fan heaters are quite safe to use. Most models come with overheat protection and tip-over safety switches that keep mishaps and electrical accidents at bay. A standard model also has cool touch body, which prevents accidental scalding and injury. However, one should always check and enquire about these safety features before purchasing a unit for personal use.
Most fan heaters are known to cause dryness in the room when operated excessively over longer durations. Truth is, winter air is naturally drier. Therefore, before operating a fan heater, it is advisable to monitor the humidity levels in your room and ensure that it is at least at 40-50%.
Top tip: In case of lesser humidity level, just keep a large bowl of water in the room when the heater is on to maintain the moisture level and avoid extreme dryness; even better – place a humidifier too for maximum comfort.
Fan heating is really a great way to spot heat a room without taxing your pocket or the environment. Use one as a personal heater or to heat one room at a time. Install at home or at the workplace and move it easily from one enclosed space to another.
USHA fan heaters are true design marvels that come in an efficient and stylish range. They ensure effective and fast heating, while reducing your electricity bill. They also maintain the peace and quiet with even, multi-directional heating across the room.