With much of the workforce transitioning to working from home, trying to stay comfortable also means trying to stay productive. Being trapped in a chilly office this winter can distract you from the tasks at hand, but you know you don’t need to kick the heater up and warm the entire house. Fortunately, you can solve both problems with a portable electric heater.
Portable electric heaters are available in a lot of different styles, and some provide unique features. Grabbing just any electric heater may not be in your best interest, so there are a couple things you should know and look out for before making that purchase.
First you should consider how much space you need to warm, and for how long. Also, will you need the heat immediately, or can the heat be generated gradually? Another thing to consider is your noise tolerance. If you are on the phone a lot, or constantly in virtual meetings, you may not want an annoying buzz going on in the background.
There are a few different methods that electric heaters employ, and they are classified by the way they generate heat. Fan heaters will distribute heat from a heating element using a fan, while radiant heaters generate warmth by heating oil within the until. Ceramic heaters are like fan heaters, in which a fan can spread the heat from a ceramic heating element. Infrared heaters emit infrared energy from a surface within the heater.
Some electric heaters will also have a couple features that can help you control how much heat is provided. They may have a thermostat that can be set to a steady temperature, or even an automatic shutoff if the heater tips over or becomes too hot. Adjustable fan speeds are also common, and some may use an oscillating feature to spread the warmth to a wider area.
Regardless of the type of electric heater you use, all of them come with guidelines on how to operate them within your home safely. The most important thing to keep in mind is to never leave your heater unattended while it is running. When it is not in use, unplug it from the wall; never use your electric heater when it is plugged into a power strip. Keep your heater away from flammable materials, like furniture, bedding or curtains.
After purchasing your electric heater, read through the operator’s manual and familiarize yourself with the specific safety features. Keeping your space warm and comfortable should also mean keeping that space safe. For more information on choosing the best portable electric heater for your home office, call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.