An indoor space heater, or unit heater, has many drawbacks compared to a modern heating and cooling system. It seems everyone has an opinion on the matter, too. Some find these types of heaters too dangerous or too risky to use in the home when children are present. Others, however, cannot stop raving about their brand new space heater. Which camp do you find yourself in? If you’re undecided, then let’s explore unit heaters together. We will determine why you should, or why you should not, invest in a space heater before the temperature begins to drop significantly this winter.
Types of Unit Heaters
First, let’s examine the various types of unit heaters available on the market. Most people imagine stopping at a home improvement store or supermarket and picking up the latest electric model – end of story. However, if you’re serious about heating your home this winter, there are a few options to explore.
- Fuel Burning – A fuel-burning space heater does not use electricity, but burns fuel instead. Such unit heaters are often used for garages or workshops – places that are well-ventilated to allow carbon monoxide to escape. Further, such systems are quite large to cover a wide area.
- Radiative – For indoor heating, you cannot beat a radiative space heater. Such units eliminate the need for any form of insulation. Even in a closed space, these heaters work fantastically well.
- Convective – A convective space heater works well with proper insulation in the home or office. Furthermore, a convective model is designed to distribute warm air in an enclosed area, making them perfect for a single room.
Despite the number of available unit heaters, these systems can be lackluster at times. Most households throughout the area will require the convenience, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of an HVAC system.
Cons of Unit Heaters
Now, let’s explore the few drawbacks of unit heaters:
- Attention – You should never leave a space heater for too long without attention. Once you have purchased the right space heater for your needs, it must be in a room where you can keep a close eye on it. Plus, you want to be mindful where it’s positioned, to avoid tripping or knocking the system over.
- Dangerous – When people worry about the dangers of a unit heater, their concerns are not unfounded. A space heater can be dangerous in the wrong environment and with unfavorable conditions. It’s possible for a space heater to cause serious burns and house fires.
Your other, perhaps more beneficial, alternative is to invest in HVAC additions to your home. Instead of spending money on a portable system that may not last you all that long or provide enough heat for your home, consider an addition. For instance, an HVAC addition may provide heat to your attic, basement, or even the garage. These systems are often zone/ductless, meaning higher efficiency for a fraction of the price. You won’t require any air ducts.