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With more people either digging out heaters from the attic or thinking of buying a new one as the cold nights draw in, many are seeking the most economical way of getting heat in a room quickly. Fan heaters certainly pump out the therms using an electrically powered fan that blows air across a hot coil or plate that’s also heated electrically and then pushes the hot air into the room. A fan heater will make some sort of noise in operation which may vary from soft and discreet, to loud and rattling, depending on the make, model and age of the heater. Some fan heaters will oscillate from side to side or have blades on the air outlets so that the hot air is evenly spread around a room.
You are of course using electricity to both heat the element and power the fan in these models but they will certainly produce a blast of heat. All incorporate safety cut outs to prevent overheating, should they be accidentally covered for example and they are great for instant “spot heat” needs.
If you’re looking for a heater in the nursery for example then a convector heater could be a better choice. Strictly speaking, you could class these as radiators since they work on effectively the same principle as more conventional oil filled units. Elements inside an exterior casing are heated up and the air flows through the heater driven by natural convection. Some are free-standing and are light and easy to move and most come with brackets for fixing to a wall.
The biggest advantage of a convector heater in a nursery or a child’s bedroom is the fact that they are completely silent. There are no moving parts (although you can get some fan-assisted models) that generate any noise, so your child’s sleep will not be disturbed. There are quite a number of options available in both forms of heater that are safe and simple to use.
Any type of heater will of course raise the temperature in a room and as a consequence the Relative Humidity (important for the process of your body giving up heat through evaporation of sweat on the skin) will drop because the warmer air can hold more moisture. If you are using any source of instant or direct heat it’s probably wise to also use a humidifier alongside the heater to combat this reduction in Relative Humidity.