Heating new home additions can be tricky. There’s always the question of whether one should modify and extend the existing heating system, or design a separate one. Luckily, electrical appliances provide a midway solution. Additions will be wired by the for electrical, anyway – so why not make use of it to heat them? Here are three options for electrical heaters.
Wall heaters are great space-servers, and can be easily drawn up while plans for additions are being made. Compact and discreet, they can be a boon to addition design as well as heating. These heaters – and heating appliances in general – are classified as either radiant or convection-based.
Fans are the best example of convection-based heaters, which blow warm air into a room and ensure it circulates. Convection heaters are great for keeping a whole wide room warm for long periods, but not recommended for people allergic to dust.
Radiant heaters emit heat into a room without needing blowers. The closer a person stays in their direct path, the warmer that person feels. Radiant heaters are best for additions – like dens or bedrooms – where people could likely just sit in path of the appliance.
An electric fireplace is one kind of radiant heater – which can provide the added bonus of projecting an image of flames burning wood and charcoal. Homeowners can plan to mount one to a wall, or simply place a freestanding version anywhere in an addition.
This appliance is popular because installing it is as easy as unpacking it from a box and plugging it in. Unlike with a traditional fireplace or even traditional fans where soot and dust collect, maintaining an electric fireplace is also easy. It also helps save on resources like gas – not to mention the costs associated with remodeling or building for a traditional fireplace.
Ceiling fan heaters
Not all heaters, however, need to be mounted on walls. Combining the ingenuity of overhead fans and convection heaters, ceiling fan heaters are a way of making sure warm air circulates evenly across a room. These may be the best option for additions like sunrooms, which typically come designed with ceiling fans for ventilation in warm months.
How to Heat a Home Addition: What is the Best Solution for Heating a Home Addition? Home Addition Plus.
Convection vs Radiant Heaters: What’s the Difference? Apartment Therapy.
Is an Electric Fireplace Worth the Money? Angie’s List. December 10, 2015.