A portable heater is a type of heating appliance that is designed for ease of movement while still providing adequate levels of heat. Portable heaters are generally used indoors, in spaces that may lack other sources of heat. They are commonly used in locations that do not have access to central heating systems, such as garages or workshops, or as a supplement to a central heating system that is not considered to provide adequate heat levels. A portable heater may also be used in situations where it is more desirable to heat only a small area of a building, rather than the whole thing. Users may choose to deploy a portable heater only in the room in which they are located, saving costs by choosing not to heat the entire property.
Portable Gas Heaters
Portable heaters are available in two main varieties: gas-powered and electric. Each of these two varieties has advantages and disadvantages, so deciding on the right one will depend on the individual needs of each buyer. Portable gas heaters generate their warmth by burning gas, which may be paraffin, natural gas or propane, depending on the model. Portable propane heaters have the main advantage of being able to function in cases where there is no electricity, such as in extremely remote locations or in times of power outages. Portable gas heaters are also generally considered to be more portable, as they do not need to be situated near to an electrical outlet. The main disadvantage of using a portable gas heater is that they are not readily suitable for indoor use, at least in small rooms,as they require adequate ventilation to ensure that the by-products produced from burning the fuel are safely disseminated into the atmosphere.
Portable Electric Heaters
Portable electric heaters have different benefits. As they work by converting electrical energy into heat by passing an electrical current through a resistor, they produce no harmful by-products and hence need no ventilation for safe use. While they must be hooked up to a source of electricity to work, which limits their portability, they may be used in rooms of any size. Portable electric heaters also have the advantage of being the safer of the two options, and are more energy-efficient. Of the two kinds of portable heaters for the home, portable electric heaters are more expensive to operate than their gas counterparts, but require a lower initial expenditure. More and more households are starting to stock at least one portable electric heater either to supplement existing heaters, or as a backup.
Portable Heaters for the Home
Safety is obviously important when considering purchase of portable heaters for the home, and for this reason current models of portable heater are available with a variety of safety features. Both portable electric heaters and portable gas heaters may be fitted with automatic-shut off systems, that will power down the heater if it heats beyond a certain temperature, or if it is knocked over. Most current portable heaters are also fitted with a thermostat to allow accurate heat monitoring. Portable storage heaters, which are so-called because they store heat once it is generated for use as and when required, are also available.