Space heaters are a way to heat a house or an apartment that offers no central heating system. They’re also used to supplement the heat provided by a heating system or fireplace that can’t keep up with winter’s lower temperatures. However, there are several things you need to consider when purchasing a space heater, including cost, wattage, and safety. Even though space heaters are an affordable way to ensure your space is warm, especially in winter, being aware of the safety concerns is crucial if you want to obtain efficiency while still ensuring your family’s safety. If you’re shopping for a space heater, here’s all you need to know about space heaters, from the main types of space heaters available in the market, what you need to consider when selecting one, and the safety concerns you need to watch out for.

Types of Space Heaters

Ceramic Space Heaters: Ceramic space heaters are electric space heaters with heating coils wrapped in a ceramic casing for better protection. The ceramic casing also distributes heat to a wider area, thereby increasing the heating efficiency of the ceramic space heaters. In addition, the space heater comes with a fan to help circulate the air, ensuring the hot air reaches a wider area. The ceramic heaters are great because they warm up instantly.

Fan Space Heaters: Fan space heaters resemble ceramic space heaters in every way, with the exception of the heating element. Instead, they lack the ceramic plates and utilize a metal coil, which transfers the heat. The fan element blows the surrounding air and distributes the heat to the rest of the room.

Infrared Space Heaters: Infrared space heaters don’t rely on the air currents but rather radiate heat directly. A bulb releases the heat, and then a reflective plate intensifies the released infrared radiation. The infrared space heaters mostly come in wood cabinets, and they often warm everything in the space and not just the air.

Oil Filled Space Heaters: Oil-filled space heaters resemble the old-fashioned radiators, and they use natural convection instead of a fan. They use diathermic oil, which rises when heated by electricity and then circulates through the heater columns. The hot columns heat the surrounding air, warming up the room.

Things to Consider When Selecting an Appropriate Space Heater

Select the appropriate space heater for the space or area you need to heat by considering cost efficiency, the square footage (appropriate wattage), and safety.

Cost Efficiency

When choosing an appropriate heater, it’s always a good idea to compare their efficiency, especially if you’re concerned about energy conservation and maintaining low costs. Choosing the right space heater that is energy efficient will help you prevent your electric bills from skyrocketing. In addition, investing in special features like adjustable thermostats, programmable timers, energy-saving modes, and low wattage will help you keep your power consumption to a minimum.

Size of the Room (Square Footage) And Wattage

The size of the area you need to heat will determine the kind of space heater purchased because the square footage of your room determines the wattage of the space heater you need. As a result, the size of the room will help you choose a heater with the appropriate heating capacity covering the room. Generally, a heater with a heating capacity of 10 watts will heat a square foot of space, and a standard space heater with a set of maximum 1,500 watts can effectively heat a room with 150 square footage.

Safety Concerns of a Space Heater

Installing a space heater comes with several potential risks or concerns like fire hazards due to additional electric load and others. Here are safety concerns to look out for when getting a space heater.


Cords from space heaters are a tripping hazard, and unattended space heaters might result in fires or burns. Ensure your space heater has safety measures such as a high-temperature shutoff switch or an anti-tip shutoff switch. In addition, avoid using an extension cord with your space heater, and instead, have an extra outlet installed on the wall by a professional to allow you to plug it directly. Having such safety measures will help you avoid fatal house fires that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning and burns.

Additional Electric Load

Space heaters result in an additional electric load on your house’s electrical system, resulting in tripped breakers, overheated circuits, and possibly electrical fires. Penny Electric can help you update your entire electrical system to meet the new, increased demands. We handle breaker panel upgrades, installing new circuits, and additional outlets to ensure your electric system maintains safety and works efficiently.

Maintain Safety and Efficiency of Your Space Heaters

Space heaters are inexpensive to heat your space, but ensuring safety is crucial. So, as you invest in a space heater for your house, it’s important to use plugin space heaters safely and efficiently. If your house requires electrical updates to the system, such as a breaker panel upgrade, additional circuits, and outlets to power your additional heating, Penny Electric can help! Don’t hesitate to contact us for quality electrical services to ensure safety in your space.