Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Three Heating Options an Electrician Can Install in Home Additions

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 electrician for electrical, anyway – so why not make use of it to heat them? Here are three options for electrical heaters.

Wall 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.

Electric fireplaces

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.

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