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Advantages and Disadvantages of Convection Heaters

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Convection heaters are smaller heaters that are designed to heat individual rooms. While permanent installations, they offer an alternative to traditional forced air central heating systems. Convection heaters work by passing air over a heated element, allowing the heat to transfer to the air that then naturally disperses throughout the room. Due to this unique method of operation, there is a distinct set of features and drawbacks associated with convection heaters. Understanding what they have to offer your home can help you figure out if they are the right fit for your home's heating needs.

Advantages of Convection Heaters

  • Even Heating: One of the major advantages of using convection heaters over a forced air central heating system is the fact that they provide even heating to the room that they are installed in, eliminating the chance of drafts and cold spots. This is because the air spreads out naturally from the heater itself, rising to the top of the room before coming down and spreading out.
  • Customization: Because convection heaters are installed in individual rooms, you can customize your heating needs based on where you are in your home and the current temperature of that room. This allows you to customize the amount of heat that you receive. While this allows you to maximize your comfort levels while inside, it also ensures that you are wasting as little energy as possible, cutting down your overall energy bill.
  • Quiet Operation: As convection heaters don't make use of ductwork or a forced air system, they operate very quietly. This allows you to enjoy heat throughout the day and night without having a constant buzzing going on and without having to worry about clanking and fans waking you up in the middle of the night.

Disadvantages of Convection Heaters

  • Allergies: However, because convection heaters don't move the air in a room through an air filter, dust and other allergens can build up. While this can be offset by regular cleaning, it is still something to keep in mind.
  • Effectiveness: Further, convection heaters are not extremely effective at heating large areas, as they rely on the air in the room to disperse naturally. This makes them a poor choice for large rooms and even larger houses, as they will be unable to provide an adequate amount of heat when compared to forced air systems.

To learn more about these heating systems, talk to a professional at Augusta Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning.