Pros and Cons of Ceramic Heaters for Heating Your Basement

Ceramic heaters are one of the most popular options among basement heaters. These electric heaters operate on the principle of convection. The main components of a ceramic heater are ceramic plates and the aluminum baffles in them. When you turn on the electricity, the ceramic gets hot and passes on the heat to the aluminum. This heat is distributed in the surrounding space. Some of the main pros and cons of ceramic heaters are stated below.

Ceramic Heather Pros

The main advantage of ceramic heaters is enhanced safety. The heater never gets too hot as the ceramic always remains cool to the touch. If there are young children nearby, ceramic heaters are much safer than other portable heaters. The ceramic plates are more efficient and have short response times. They can quickly heat up small areas and are very economical. Advanced models offer several features such as fans, timers, thermostats and also prevention from tipping over.

Ceramic Heater Cons

One of the drawbacks of ceramic heaters is the reliability on electricity. Also, these heaters are not very efficient for heating up large areas. If your basement is large, you will most probably need a larger space heater or a fireplace for efficient heating.

Radiator Valves vs Thermostatic Radiator Valves

Thermostatic radiator valves and radiator valves are used with radiators to turn the heat coming from the hot water radiator on or off. If you turn the valve down, the heat is off. If you turn it up, it’s on. That is because hot water is either flowing through it or it isn’t.

Radiator Valves

When your boiler comes on, it fires constantly and all radiator valves that are turned on work equally, heating up to their full temperature.

Thermostatic Radiator Valves

Thermostatic radiator valves are helpful tools for saving energy and giving you temperature control in your home. They allow you to set the radiators in individual rooms as needed so that some rooms are warmer (living rooms) than others and some are kept cooler (bedrooms.)

  • It is undesirable to have your main wall thermostat in the same room as your radiator valves. They will combat on another. If the wall thermostat turns off the boiler, the radiator valve thermostat will try to turn it back on again.
  • If you have connecting rooms with your thermostatic radiator valves set at different temperatures, close the doors. The radiator in the room that is turned to a warmer temperature will attempt to heat the room that is turned to a lower temperature, thus working hard than it should be and wasting energy.