Your Heating Repair Tech Will Ask What Kind Of Heater You Have!

Posted in: Heating

heating maintenance, heating repair, preventative maintenanceIn just about every home in Dayton, a heater maintains the comfort level and gives us protection from the outdoor environment. In some areas of the country, heaters are a vital part of a home’s ability to keep us safe and comfortable during winter months.

If your heater breaks down, it could affect more than your comfort. It is a good idea to know what type of heater your home uses because your Dayton heating technician will want to know when you call!

But first, one should understand the type of heat the different heaters generate. Conventional heaters broadly fall into three categories, which are:

  • Radiant heaters
  • Convective heaters
  • Conductive heaters

Technically speaking, these are the only three ways for heat to transfer or move from a heat generator to a targeted area. Most of the household heaters are convection heaters.


A Little More Technical Information

Radiant heaters transfer heat even without a medium, that is, through vacuum or air. This is called heat transfer by radiation.

The other two types use some form of media like a liquid medium for convective transfer and a solid conductor for heat transfer. Now we know what type of heaters we use in our homes regardless of their make or construction.

The earliest masonry heater can take care of room heating efficiently. Then there are other things to consider like the space and firewood availability, cost of construction, although a one-time expense, and then the maintenance from a masonry specialist.

On the other hand, condos and studio apartments can get by with electric heaters of around 2KW of power and be placed in rooms where needed. If the other types are not for you, this is the better option. They are very friendly to use, work silently, and are easy to control.


Portable Gas Heaters

Portable gas heaters are approved for indoor use in the USA but you should know that these heaters need to be properly vented to the outdoors. You should never run a fuel-burning appliance in the home without ventilation.

There are various safety features such as a low-oxygen cutoff, safety grill and porcelainized reflectors for long life. One clear advantage that portable gas heaters have over electric cousins is their outdoor utility. You don’t need to worry about sound as the burner is housed in a silenced compartment, sufficient for heating 200 square feet.

You can’t forget the cost factor too. Cost of purchase and running are the main costs with the maintenance following. Electric resistance heaters and halogen heaters are quite affordable and are also durable for home uses.


Gas Furnaces & Boilers

Dayton, OH homes usually have gas furnaces and boilers installed. The boiler superheats water in a pipe and then routes it through radiators. A gas furnace can be either a forced air unit or the radiant type. Central air systems blow warm air and cool air through the vents depending on the season. A furnace in the basement may use radiation to heat the basement and convection to heat the rest of the house.


Fuel Heaters for Commercial Uses

Large areas that need to be heated, such as construction sites, workshops, industrial buildings, farmhouses or barns, or warehouses, most often use Kerosene and diesel heaters. They are generally designed with commercial uses in mind and are made for heavy-duty and rugged use. However, some homeowners like to use oil, gas, or other fossil fuel heaters on patios, garages, barns, and indoor/outdoor work areas.

If you are looking for a HVAC Contractor Company in the Dayton area, please call South Home Air at 937-298-9065 or fill out our online request form.


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