Heating a home really is trickier than one would ever imagine. Sure, you probably have central heating and air, which does a good job, but sometimes this just isn’t enough. Depending on where you are located or how the system was installed, it might be entirely possible that you have hot and cold spots throughout the home. Maybe you added on to the home after the system was installed, which threw the system out of whack. Maybe you are building on a new garage and are looking for alternative heating sources. Whatever the situation is, there is no denying that there are dozens of options available when it comes to heating specific rooms in your home. Whether you are trying to heat a garage, a shed, or a bathroom, there are going to be several viable options. However, finding the best heater for your specific situation will time some time and detailed research. Luckily, all the hard work is done for you, as this short guide will review the most common types of heaters and how they differ.
Electric Space Heaters
If you are looking to heat smaller to mid-sized spaces like bedrooms, living areas, offices, or cubicles, you cannot go wrong with an electric space heater. That being said, you will also want to know where and how you are using the heater before shopping. The first thing that will need to be considered is the size of the intended space. Space heaters come available in a variety of sizes and designs. It is probably obvious that smaller heaters won’t be able to heater larger areas and larger heaters might be too large for some spaces. There is nothing wrong with going a little big, but too much can be a bad thing in this situation. Portability will also be another major factor. You won’t likely be using the heater year-round, which means that it will need to be removed during the summer months. You don’t want storage to be more of a hassle than it is worth.
Garage heaters were obviously intended for garages and sheds. However, this does mean that every garage heater will be the best heater for your specific situation. Most garage heaters are cost-effective, easy to install and provide more than enough heater for larger areas that aren’t well-insulated. These heaters are designed to blast out heat in order to cover larger areas. When shopping for these types of heaters, you will need to consider the electrical requirements. Some of these heaters might need to be hardwired, whereas some already come with a plug installed. Always make sure that your heater will work with your space. Most home garages will probably require a standard 120-volt plug, which is something that can easily and affordably be installed by a licensed electrician. You probably won’t have to worry about portability as much when it comes to garage heaters because you can just leave the device installed year-round.
Unfortunately, if you are looking to add a little more heat to your bathroom an everyday electric space heater won’t get the job done. Sure, it will provide the heat that you are looking for, but it will provide it with much greater risks. You need a heater that is specifically intended for bathroom use. The best heater for bathrooms does just that because most of them are either installed in the wall or mounted to it, which means they pose much less of a safety risk than your standard electric heater. These types of heaters are generally easy to install, although it will probably require a professional.
If you are looking for a discreet, zone heating solution, you cannot go wrong with the baseboard heater. The heaters are not only quiet, safe, and effective, but they can be installed throughout the entire home. In fact, this is one of the ways that people used to heat their homes before central heating and air systems became so popular. Over the years, these models have adapted and evolved and there are now even some portable options available. Make sure that you look for models that come with advanced smart features like adjustable thermostats so that you can regulate and control the heat output just like you would traditional central heating and air systems.