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New technologies have transformed electric heating. Some systems are much more energy efficient than before: a good thing for the respect of the environment. What about the comfort of this new generation electric heater? Between the electric storage heater, the radiant electric heater and the electric convector, the consumer wanting a soft and economical heat can sometimes find it difficult to choose. The ideal is undoubtedly to opt for several types of electric heaters according to the rooms of the house.
This is what we call the electric inertia radiator. Its operating principle is simple since it consists in storing heat to restore it regularly. This heat is diffuse, that is to say well distributed throughout the room. The electric inertia radiator consists of resistors whose role is to raise the temperature of the liquid contained in the heater. This is a big advantage which limits the temperature variations compared to a radiator which would heat only the ambient air. Quite expensive to buy, the storage heater is economical to use because when the temperature has reached the desired degree, the radiator consumes little energy to stabilize it. It provides a pleasant and constant warmth even if the surface of the room is substantial. However, after switching on the radiator, the temperature rise is relatively long. On the aesthetic level, it is completely banal.
Radiant heating is obtained by a radiant electric radiator. Unlike other electric heaters that heat the ambient air, it heats the masses, that is to say the walls, the furniture, the objects as well as the occupants. The heat is extremely diffuse and very pleasant, comparable to that transmitted by the rays of the sun, provided, however, that the room does not exceed an area of about twenty square meters. Beyond that, it is of course essential to install a second or even a third radiant device and to choose, at the time of purchase, the appropriate size and power. The radiant electric heater is very popular. Its purchase price is moderate and its design totally in tune with the times. It fits perfectly into a contemporary or urban chic decor. However, it consumes more energy than the electric inertia radiator.
Used for decades, the electric convector has evolved somewhat from its beginnings. But its mode of operation is always the same: it is its resistance that heats the air circulating inside the device. The heated air is then returned very quickly to the living space. This type of electric heating should only be used as additional or backup heating, on the one hand because the heat it diffuses is not as pleasant as that obtained with an inertia radiator or a radiant radiator, d On the other hand the desired temperature degree is difficult to maintain constantly. Very economical to buy, the electric convector consumes a lot of electricity. And aesthetically, design is not its strong point.