If you want to install a heating system in your house, you should strongly think of going the electric route. Although electric heaters are not that common, they have several advantages, such as these five:
Electrical Heaters Are Silent
Most heaters that rely on fuel combustion tend to make more noise than electric heaters. This may be because heaters that rely on fuel have more moving parts. The noise emitted by fuel-based heaters may be minimal, but if you want something that is absolutely quiet, you are better off with an electric heater.
Electrical Heating Don't Pollute the Air
Fuel-based heating systems pollute the environment in two main ways; they emit foul odors and also emit particles (byproducts of combustion) that human beings shouldn't breathe in. combustion heating systems are usually designed in such a way that the pollutants are channeled out of the house. However, a malfunction can easily interfere with the exhaust system and contaminate your indoor air. For example, a heater malfunction can introduce carbon monoxide gas into your house, and the gas is poisonous.
Electrical Heaters Are Safe
Both electrical and fuel-based heaters have their dangers. For example, an electrical malfunction can cause an electrical shock or fire and malfunctions in fuel-based systems can also cause fire outbreaks or even explosions. However, the risk of fire from fuel-based heaters is higher than the risk of fire from electrical heaters. Don't forget the other risk of combustion systems – the release of poisonous gases into the air.
Electric Heaters Are Readily Incorporated In Existing Buildings
Another advantage of electric heaters is that they are relatively easy to install in existing buildings. This is mainly because:
- You can locate them in any part of the building (fuel based systems need areas with good air circulation)
- They don't need exhaust systems
- You don't have to worry about interference from draft
Electrical Heaters Require Minimal Maintenance
Lastly, even though both systems require maintenance, electric heaters don't require as much maintenance as fuel-based systems. This is because the combustion processes and systems are more complex than electric systems, and complex systems involve complex maintenance.
Involve a residential electrician in your evaluation to help you understand exactly what your house will need before it is fitted or retrofitted with an electric heater. For example, electric heaters consult considerable energy so you should know whether your existing electrical network, including the panel box, should be upgraded before the heater installation.