- What is an electric convector heater and how does it work?
- Main pros and cons of a convection heater:
- Convection heater vs fan heater: which one to choose?
Klarstein convection heaters: practical and stylish to face the cold
Winter is just around the corner, and you are planning to get some extra gear to heat your home? Do you want to enjoy a pleasant and uniform temperature and find a visually appealing appliance? You are looking for an affordable solution and want to avoid complex installation works? Then a Klarstein convection heater may just be what you are looking for.
Electric convector heaters warm your rooms using the principle of convection, and due to their characteristics can ensure a pleasant, homogeneous temperature with low power consumption and barely any noise emission, unlike traditional fan heaters. All our electric convector radiators have a modern and discreet design, and thanks to the different materials and colours they can be easily adapted to different furnishing styles. But that's not all. Some of our models can be remotely controlled from our Klarstein Smart app, allowing you to manage their operation even when you're not at home, to program their switch on and navigate through their main functions with extreme ease. Don’t miss our offers, and get the best convection heater for your needs on Klarstein online shop.
What is an electric convector heater and how does it work?
Convection heaters are electric heating systems that use electrical resistance to warm the stream cold air entering from their bottom part, expelling it as a flow of hot air through their top grid. A convection heater, therefore, leverages the natural movement of the air: in other words, the hot air generated by it decreases its density, and since it is lighter it will tend to rise, while cold air, denser and heavier than hot air, descends downwards and is fed into the convector.
Some convection heaters are equipped with an internal fan to accelerate the movement of heated air and distribute it more quickly. In most cases, a thermostat regulates the production of heat, allowing to set the desired temperature in the room. When using an electric convector radiator, it is advisable to install it at floor level on the outside walls and under the windows, as the movement of the heated air counteracts cold air currents and minimises the risk of condensation.
Main pros and cons of a convection heater
In the table below, we briefly compare the main pros and cons of the use of convection heaters.
|They heat the air in a room uniformly, leveraging the convection principle||If installed in large rooms they can consume a lot of energy, so they are recommended only for small and medium-sized rooms|
|They are lighter than oil filled radiators, so they can be moved more easily from one room to another||They take longer to heat the room when they are not equipped with a built-in fan|
|They can be used as an additional heating system||Some models, particularly panel heaters, are relatively expensive|
|You can use a ceiling fan at very low speed to distribute heat faster and more evenly||Electric convector heaters equipped with internal fans can be noisy|
|No installation work is required before the use||They don't offer a good thermal inertia: this means that when they are switched off, the heat is no longer perceived.|
|They do not produce any by-products that are harmful for health or environment||Convection heaters don’t have a good thermal inertia; this means that when they are switched off, the heat is no longer perceived|
Convection heater vs fan heater: which one to choose?
Each device has its pros and cons. A fan heater generates heat in a quick, simple and economical way, and it works generating and transferring heat to the surrounding environment through a built-in fan. It is generally a small device, and it’s comfortable to use in smaller rooms - for example, the bathroom - as it provides heat in a localised manner, warming only the necessary area. Due to its operating principle, it tends to remove dust from the air, causing problems for sensitive, allergic and asthmatic people.
A standard convection heater, on the other hand, uses natural convection to circulate air movement in a room through electric resistances, without using a fan. The heating process is slower but does not raise dust.
Where to place an electric convector heater?
In addition to the aesthetic aspect, choosing the right position of the convection heater is essential to optimise the performance and to choose the adequate size and format. Unless insulation is optimal - thanks to double or triple glazing or in an energy-efficient building - it is recommended to place it under or next to a window, when possible. Doing so will attenuate the entrance of cold air, as a window can make up between 5 and 10% of the heat loss. Placing the convection heater close to the walls separating the house from the outside, which are usually colder, is also a good option.
If you plan to use a convection heater to warm a room where you use to spend a lot of time, it is advisable to install two of them, as the heat will be better distributed, substantially improving the thermal comfort. In this specific case, and taking into account the drying of the air and the ionic imbalance produced by convection heating, it is advisable to use a humidifier to achieve an optimal hygrometric balance.
Some aspects to consider before buying a convection heater
- Safety is one of the most important aspects to consider in an electric convector. It is always advisable to opt for models equipped with a safety fuse, which prevents overheating by switching off the unit until it cools down again for normal use.
- Another feature that contributes to safe operation is the presence of an illuminated power switch. This way, you will know whether or not it is still on when you go to sleep. A convector heater with timer, on the other hand, will help to reduce the costs if you accidentally forget to shut it down.
- One of the main advantages of small convector heaters is their transportability, thanks to the presence of handles and wheels. Make sure that these elements are made with quality materials, to avoid accidental breakage that will make the device limping and more challenging to move between rooms. If you plan to hang it to the wall, make sure that the appliance is supplied with the appropriate bracket and screws.
- The best convection heater will be equipped with a thermostat and remote control to regulate the heat flow. Our more advanced models, such as the Bornholm Smart, can be remotely controlled through our innovative smart home Klarstein app: you’ll just have to tap the screen of your smartphone to operate your appliance just as if you were in front of it.
- Last but not least: If noise disturbs you, it is recommended to choose a model without a fan.
The Klarstein electric heating guide offers additional help when buying a heater.