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Electric or Wood Heater, Which is the One for You?

Homeowners have different preferences when it comes to the choice of a home heating unit. Some love the smell of burning wood in a wood heater while others prefer electric heaters. The two types of heaters have their advantages and disadvantages which we will outline below to help you choose the right one for you.

Electric Heaters

An electric heater produces heat by converting electric current into heat. It heats the interior of a home within a short time. Apart from using them at home, you can also use electric heaters in the office. It is the easiest and simplest mode of heating in the market today.

Advantages

  • Fast heating – electric heaters heat up almost immediately; the heating process can be quickened by closing the windows and doors.
  • Easy and Safe to Use – these heaters are easy to use as you only need to power it in, and it will be up and running. They are inbuilt with safety features where it shuts off if someone or anything gets too close to it. Also, they do not overheat to the point of causing combustion.
  • Portable – electric heaters are lightweight, making them highly portable to any room in the house. They have handles that make it easy to carry around. You can travel with your electric heater to any destination as long as the place has electricity connection.
  • Space – you do not need much space to use your electric heater. It can be placed on a table, floor, or hung on a wall.
  • Heat regulation – electric heaters are fitted with adjustable thermostats that allow you to regulate the temperature to your preference.

Disadvantages

  • High cost – because electric heaters use electricity, they raise your household electric bill in comparison to using wood heaters.
  • Limited to small spaces – the heaters cannot warm the entire home as they only heat a little space. 
  • Outages – since they solely rely on electricity, electric heaters cannot be used during power outages. This means that you’ll be left in the cold if a power outage occurs during a storm.

Wood Heaters

Wood heaters generate heat by burning pieces of wood where the heat can be distributed throughout the house using a fan.

Advantages

  • Firewood is cheaper than electricity or gas
  • Wood, as a fuel, is a renewable and sustainable source of energy, and it is widely available.
  • Pellets, which are made from recycled sawdust are non-polluting
  • Wood heaters are reliable as you can still use them during storms and when power outages occur
  • If you live in rural areas, you may not even have to buy firewood

Disadvantages 

  • You need more space for firewood storage.
  • Produces ash that requires safe and proper disposal
  • Installing a fireplace in the home is costly.
  • Slow combustion rate if the fuel contains 30-50% water
  • Takes a bit longer to provide heat compared to electric heaters
  • It is bulky meaning that you cannot move it around the house.
  • Equipment that dry wood chips to improve efficiency is costly. It would be best if you had the equipment when there is no sunlight to dry the firewood naturally.
  • Traditional fireplaces lose most of their heat through the chimney. 

In summary, both types of heaters serve the purpose of providing heating in a home. It is now up to you to choose the one that you feel best suits you based on the information provided. You can visit your local home heating service provider for further guidance.

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