8 Facts Everyone Gets Wrong About Panel Heaters
If you are looking for a solution to keep off the chill from your house, panel heaters NZshould be your number one options to consider.
- How they work
They heat through convection mechanism. Ceramic is the main material that makes them up. Behind the heater is a space separating the panel and the wall which produces the heat. The heat circulates inside the house. Most of the warmth comes from the back part of the panel while a smaller percentage from the front side. This convention heating is totally safe.
- Flat designs are very safe for your family and pets
They do not produce sufficient heat for warming up the house but not in excess to burn up pets, kids, or elderly guests. They do not contain any harmful elements. Their surface temperature is 170°F. Nevertheless, small babies must not be laid near the units. In addition, they do not have any tripping risks because they are not placed amidst floors. All they do is ensure healthy temperature without wasting energy. However, no cloth or material should be placed on top of the low-surface heaters as they can pose fire hazards. As far as family health is concerned, the systems are capable of removing dust disturbance because they don’t apply fans to circulate air. Dust disturbance can cause allergies. Also, they do not dry up the air since low watts are used.
- Take a short time to warm up an area
They have lower heat output as compared to other forms of electric heating. Panels are ideal for maintaining warmth in small rooms constantly. Even areas like bathrooms and home libraries can have the heaters but should only run when needed to avoid energy wastage. Often, they do not use a thermostat and the approximate time taken to heat up an average room is 45 minutes. By an average room, we mean a 120 – 200sq. Ft. area. Other factors that determine heating time include climatic conditions, type of floor, room insulation, ceiling height, window size, etc. You may include as many heaters as possible depending on your needs. Once a warmer is mounted in a room of about 120 to 200 sq. Ft, expect temperature rise by 10° to 15°.
- They are economical
In New Zealand, these facilities are the most eco-efficient heating systems today. Their wattage is low unlike other types of heaters. A heater with 400W can only consume energy worth 3.5 cents every hour. So, if you are looking forward to reducing energy bills, it would be wise to go for these options.
- Preferred mounting surfaces
Almost any wall surface can accommodate the panels. Be it on plywood, cemented, or drywall, the heaters can do well. However, vinyl wall covers are not recommended.
One important thing to consider when mounting the panels is the distance between the heater and the floor. It should be placed about 4’’ – 20’’ above the floor. Above 20’’ off the floor, the panel may not be very effective. The units should only be installed by professionals. The process of installation is not difficult when there is a mounting kit and it only takes about 10 minutes for a single panel. Oil enamel paint should be applied on these units. Only high-end water-based latex is recommended. All furniture and combustible materials must be kept away 3 feet from the heaters.
- Panels are used for supplementary heating
While the heaters don’t act as primary sources of heat in a house, they are good supplementary systems.
- They can enhance the interior décor
Careful selection of designs and colors can create a matching décor to blend in with the house décor. You can paint a panel using water-based paint.
These are some of the facts most people don’t know about panel heaters in New Zealand.