RV Portable Heaters Are Very Useful
Portable Heater Safety Tips
Things to Consider When Buying a Space Heater
The first thing to consider when buying a space heater for your RV is what type of heater is best suited for your RV. While there are many heater styles, there are only three heating technologies under which every electric heater falls: radiant, convective, and micathermic. Convection heaters typically provide even, whole-room heating; radiant heaters deliver quick, spot heating in small spaces; and micathermic heaters offer fast, widespread heat while saving space. Selecting the appropriate type of heater for your RV is the best way to ensure you’re nice and warm on cold nights.
When looking for a RV space heater, one of the most important things to consider is the size of space the heater will cover. This is determined by the heater wattage rating. Generally, a room heater uses 10 watts of heating power to heat each square foot of your space. So a typical 1,200-watt heater will cover average-sized rooms as large as 120 square feet when used as a primary source of heat. This guideline does not apply to every model. Depending on the heating technology, your indoor environment, and the application, some portable heaters may cover more or less space.
If you are concerned about conserving energy and want to maintain low heating costs, it is a good idea to compare efficiency before choosing a space heater. Portable electric heaters currently lack a standard level of efficiency. Special features like energy saving modes, adjustable thermostats, and programmable timers help minimize power usage.
If not monitored properly, RV portable heaters can easily become fire hazards. So it is very important to consider safety. Many manufacturers equip their electric heaters with cool-to-the-touch surfaces for secure operation. Some RV space heaters feature an internal switch that automatically shuts off the power if the heater is accidentally tipped over or knocked down as well. Overheat protection is included with most space heater units. This switch serves as a sensor that automatically turns the heater off if the internal components reach an unsafe temperature.