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Energy Efficient Electric Heaters

May 18th, 2010

energy-efficient-heater.jpgWhether you’re interested in reducing your environmental footprint, or if you just want a means of lowering your monthly bills, many home owners and families are looking towards energy efficiency when making new purchases. Heaters, whether for open space or water, are one of the prime suspects for poor energy efficiency, as they run almost constantly and make up a good portion of utility bills. Finding an energy efficient electric heater is difficult due to the complexity of the models, but certain companies manufacture particularly low impact designs. The most energy efficient electric heater may also be the most expensive and hardest to find, so check local retail stores for product availability.

Each heater will have a percentage of efficiency, so that designs (and marketing) will promote it as 100% efficient, or even as high as 300 or 400% efficient. Of course, electrical heat is one of the least efficient forms of heating, as unlike furnace burning only about thirty percent of the energy is utilized. An energy efficient electric water heater is one of the worst misnomers, as water is more difficult to heat than air, so that a considerable amount of electricity (and money!) is used up in the process. Certain brands have ratings of their productivity, such as Energy Star and Canadian EnerGuide systems, but they are difficult to find as most companies prefer not to disclose this information. Some brands, however, do better than others.

A central electric heater will use ductwork and vents to pipe hot air into rooms of the house. These are among the most inefficient means of heating a house given the proximity and force required to move the air, yet are the most common in most American houses. For a better model, look for an energy efficient electric space heater that you can move from room to room rather than one larger system. A Lakso Ceramic Heater comes with a thermostat and two power levels, and costs a modest thirty dollars and features a three year warranty. At up to 1500 watts, the heater can heat one room for one tenth the cost of a central heater doing the same. Exercise caution, however, as space heaters lead to more fires than anything else — 25,000 each year — and the manufacturer will have specific instructions about use and capability that must be followed strictly.

An energy efficient baseboard heater works by spreading warmth from conduction of heat into the surrounding air, as well as the convection of a cold air intake. As such, the baseboard heater has greater efficiency than standard space heaters, who simply pump out hot air without taking in any. Baseboard heaters are more often found in houses designed for electric rather than gas heat, as they require no ducts but an extension of electrical circuity. Baseboard heaters tend to be cheaper than central heating but more expensive than space heaters, costing around five hundred dollars for installation. They will also cause windows to fog up due to the accumulation of moisture from flowing air.

This article was supplied by writer 2911fc4c from TheContentAuthority.com.

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