Among the many marvels of modern technological advances, the brilliance underlying ceramic heaters has oftentimes gone largely unrecognized when compared to such innovations as the turbine engine and the automobile. Typically situated "out-of-site, out-of-mind", and small enough to be completely ignored, many people fail to see the high level of efficiency and effectiveness that were birthed with the invention of ceramic heaters. Through the proper harnessing of electricity, ceramic heaters ultimately function by converting their internal electrical supply to heat that can be regulated, projected, and dispersed throughout a room.
Ceramic heaters aren't overly difficult to use, however, they do come 'pre-packaged' with their own set of safety concerns and potential additional features. The distinct benefits and advantages that you are ultimately able to derive from your purchase will be tied in to the price point you are willing to pay for higher or lower functioning heater models. An exciting feature, that many heater owners enjoy, is the fact that the ceramic heating process only produces clean heat as opposed to heat that is ridden with potential health-deteriorating chemicals and toxins. Follow the steps in this InfoBarrel article in order to learn how you can best use your ceramic heater.
Understand the Variances in Features
Although some have the power to efficiently heat up very large size rooms, unlike its radiant heater counterpart, many elements of a ceramic heater's functionality is largely dependent on the price an owning hopeful is willing to pay for this unit. Like other products, features offered will naturally tend towards greater functionality at higher price points. Whether one decides to purchase at a home hardware store, like Lowe's or Home Depot, or a variety of retail chain stores, the amount spent will be dependent upon how much the owner is willing to spend, as well as, what features that the owner feels that they need or those that the owner feels they can live without.
Such aditional features, that are typically available at higher price points, include:
- an Automatic Timer "Time-Off" Feature -- If you find that you must leave for work, while your family remains home for just a few hours until they have to leave to set out on their daily adventures, you may deem it necessary to keep this heater on just long enough to warm a room for them. While efficient, leaving this space heater on all day may just not be a viable option both in terms of safety and cost-effectiveness. This feature can ultimately save you money in your heating bill, therefore, it may be worth it to you to purchase a higher priced model.
- an Integrated Fan Distribution Feature -- While most ceramic heater models will allow you to regulate temperature, not every model will have a built-in fan assisted feature that will aid in the effective distribution of heat. Dependent upon the room you hope to heat, this feature may or may not be necessary. If the room you are heating is already small (like a small office, or bathroom), you may not need a fan assisted model, however, you may need one if you find yourself frequently entertaining guest in a large living room space area.
- an Integrated Oscillating Feature -- Much like a space fan distributes cool air while oscillating, so also can you better distribute heat by selecting a ceramic heater model that has an ingrained oscillating feature. Different directions of room heat flow can be achieved with this added feature. Of course, it is ultimately up to the buyer with regards to whether they deem this feature to even be necessary. When buying, you will want to again consider the size of your room and the general outcome you hope to achieve.
Ensure Safety at All Costs
You may or may not have children, or young visitors that visit your home frequently. If you do, it is important to realize that ceramic space heaters immediately pose a threat to these little ones. With the ability to be fully exposed, while heating to very high levels of temperature, all that is required is a simple touch to immediately elicit a painful scolding action that will manifest in tears. For all their efficiency and cost-savings, ceramic heaters should be placed in a safe location outside of the reach of children. While it is often recommended to place a ceramic heater in the center of a room, in order to derive maximum benefit from heat being dispersed in every direction, this placement should not occur unless you have firmly addressed the necessary avoidance of this piece of equipment with any young ones who may live in or visit your house.
On top of simply telling young children to avoid this piece of equipment, it is also important that you do what you can to cordone off your ceramic space heater location. While ensuring safety to children, you will also want to keep this heater away from curtains, drapes, as well as, any easily flammable material like various couch and sofa textures. For the purpose of effective ventilation, it is important that you ensure that your ceramic heater has at least a 2 feet clearance (from other objects), on every side of it.
Always Regulate Temperature
While features will vary with ceramic heater model pricing, all of these heaters, at the very least, will allow for some degree of temperature setting and control. Even if you are unable to have it automatically shut-off after a certain period of time, you will still be able to at least set a temperature. Your heater will automatically shut off, once it recognizes your preset termpature, in order to maintain it. This regulation occurs through the use of an internal heater thermostat.
Review Product Booklet and Utilize Mentioned Features
As mentioned earlier, you will realize different value dependent on the price you are willing to pay for your ceramic heater. Within each ceramic heater package you will find a booklet that details general instructions, as well as, safety guidelines. It is important that you take the time to learn and understand exactly what features your particular heater offers. While it may seem tedious to learn these features, and how your heater operates, you may ultimately be able to trim you heating costs by just using some of these additional features.