There are several different types of portable space heaters which you can buy to heat a small area of your home or take with you on a trip in a recreational vehicle. One common type of electrical space heater is a radiant heater.
These types of heaters are called “radiant” because their dishes radiate heat to their surroundings. They won’t raise the air temperature except in their immediate vicinity. Instead they will radiate heat directly at objects in the area, just as an oven or a campfire would do. If you’re standing behind this type of heater, you’ll still feel chilly. If you’re in front of it, you’ll feel warm.
These heaters come in many shapes and sizes. The older ones were usually circular and had exposed heating elements; some models resemble convection heaters, and others are flat panels which you can attach to a wall. Most units will cost you $40-$100.00. The older ones tend to be less expensive, but they are also less safe since they have exposed heating elements.
If you’ll be using the type of heater which sits on the floor, you need to be careful since they can cause fires quite easily. Ensure that the area around the device is clear of all flammable debris. Always turn the unit off completely when you leave the room, and when you unplug the heater to put it away, make sure it has cooled off sufficiently before placing it amid flammable objects. Save power by turning off the unit anytime you are not directly in the path of its heat.
A radiant heater can be a great way to save energy and money and keep a small area warm. You can use it in your own home to stay warm or you can take it with you in a trailer if you go stay somewhere on an electrical grid.