Safety is Paramount
Features Vary by Model and Price
If you are looking for an easy, safe, and cost effective way to heat your house, a ceramic heater may be just what you are looking for. Whether you need to heat a rather large family living room, or a much smaller area like a child's room, these particular heaters can be very effective because of their ingenious design and construction. While this type of heater may initially cost you more than other heaters, you will save money in the long run because of its inherent ability of operating at a high level of output in a very efficient manner.
Through the power of convection, a ceramic heater is a type of heater that produces warmth through its ability to convert its own electricity into heat. In order to produce this heat, the flow of electrical current is ultimately resisted by ceramic plates within the heater itself. Once the electricity has been converted into heat, a fan that is built-in will distribute it to the nether regions of your living space. Bear in mind, however, that some cermic space heater models may not include a built-in fan assisted feature. Just as varied as the size and shape of potential heaters for you to purchase, so also are certain features directly related to the price you are willing to pay. For example, with a lesser priced ceramic heater, you may not have an integrated sensor that will shut the heater down if a room gets too excessively hot.
Before you can effectively utilize your ceramic space heater, you must purchase one. Whether you decide to shop online, or purchase through one of many hardware stores (like Lowe's, or Home Depot), it is important that you be completely attuned to the specific features that your ceramic space heater offers. As mentioned prior, the price you are willing to pay may dictate whether your heater has a safety time-off regulating sensor, an oscillating feature (to distribute heat better into different directions in the room), or an integrated heat dispersing fan.
Layout Ground Rules and Implement Safety Measures
Because of the inherent open nature of ceramic heaters, they may pose a risk to young children. If you do not have children or young visitors who frequent your house, this may not be an issue, however the implementation of safety measures is immediately warranted if they do. While simply telling children to stay away from the heater may be effective, you may also want to consider cordoning it off or placing it out of their reach. A simple unintentional touch could result in significant burns on the hands or face of a fragile young child. As you can see, the use of ceramic space heaters immediately require upmost attention to safety simply because of how hot the distributed heat can get in a short time frame.
Choose a Location to Place Heater
In order to gain maximum benefit from the distribution of convection heat, you will want to place your heater near the center of a room. This step will depend ultimately on the safety of children, as well as, whether or not you would rather only want a certain part of a very large room to be heated. A room, such as a large conference room, may require you to pick the best location to realize as much heating benefit to the occupants as possible. In order to further ensure safety, while reducing the possibility of a fire, it is also important that your placement of your ceramic heater be away from any flammable materials or fabrics like those found in curtains, chairs or sofas (any type of furniture).
Set the Thermostat Temperature
Because the very nature of a ceramic space heater involves supplying adequate and efficient heating, most of these heaters will include a thermostat for effective user control and regulation of the heat supplied. While you can control the temperature of the heater yourself, some higher priced models have a feature integrated which will help the heater detect when a room exceeds the preferred temperature that you set. If the heater exceeds that programmed temperature, this feature will essentially automatically turn it off. Lower priced models are simple in that they will maintain a single temperature for as long as you keep it on. The greater value instilled here relates directly to giving you, the owner and user, much greater control over the heater.
Utilize a Timer to Shut Down
There may be times when you only want your ceramic space heater to operate for only a set amount of time. If you must leave for work, but know that your family will be around for 3 hours until your children depart for school (or any one of many similar scenarios), you may want this ceramic heater to stay on while your family is home. Once again, higher priced space heater models will afford you an automatic shut-off option that can be utilized when you are not around to actually turn off the model. In order to further ensure safety, it is important that you explain to your children, or young visitors, that they should not become curious and play around with the features and settings on the space heater. While young children may have absolutely no idea what they are doing, and no intent to do any harm, oftentimes unfortunate events can occur simply because their curosity got the best of them.
Further Explore and Utilize Features
On top of the many ceramic space heater features that may be available to you, you will want to ensure that you read the user/owner's manual so as to learn how to best use these features in conjunction. With each feature obtained, you will find that the value you derive from this product will increase just so long as you educate and familiarize yourself with how everything works. Besides helping to regulate temperatures, and providing features that help you to automatically control it, many heaters also have an oscillating feature that is similar to the side-to-side movement functionality of a space fan. Much like the effective blowing of air from a fan, this particular feature will help you to effectively distribute the convection heat produced by your ceramic space heater.