SHOPPING CART: (0) TOTAL: $0.00 My Account Register | Log In
Talk to a heating specialist
call 866.337.6905
Or Chat Live
click here

Electric Heat Source is committed to providing you with all the information you need to choose the right electric heater.

We understand how difficult this process can be and are here to help! From understanding the different types of heat to deciding which heater style and size is right for your specific situation, we're committed to helping every step of the way. Please utilize our library of information pages below to learn more about electric heat and contact our expert customer service staff with any questions.
Learn About Electric Heat

Heaters By Type:

Baseboard Heaters
Downflow Heaters
Floor Heaters
Garage/Workshop Heaters
Infrared Heaters
Kick Space Heaters
Outdoor Patio Heaters
Portable Space Heaters
Thermostats
Wall Heaters


Electric Heat Glossary

Amps: The amperage of the unit will determine the wire size needed for the heater. The heating industry uses the American Wire Gauge (AWG) standard to classify electrical wire.

Baseboard Heater: A baseboard heater is a slim, long heater that is placed along the baseboard of a room or hallway. Baseboard heaters can be used for all residential applications, commercial offices, washrooms, and lobbies.

BTU: The British thermal unit (symbol BTU or Btu) is a traditional unit of energy equal to about 1,055.05585 joules. It is approximately the amount of energy needed to heat 1 pound (0.454 kg) of water from 39 °F (3.9 °C) to 40 °F (4.4 °C). The unit is most often used in the power, steam generation, heating and air conditioning industries.

Convection: A convection heater is a heater that operates by air convection currents circulating through the body of the appliance, and across its heating element. This heats up the air, causing it to increase in area. Because of the natural ventilation, they are quieter in operation than fan heaters.

Downflow Heater: A downflow heater is a fan-forced heater that emits rapid warm up. Downflow heaters are ideal for applications including hallways, entryways, drive-through windows, public washrooms, and garages.

Electric Heating: Electric heating is any process in which electrical energy is converted to heat. Common applications include space heating, cooking, water heating and industrial processes.

Electric Heater: An electric heater is an electrical appliance that converts electrical energy into heat. The heating element inside every electric heater is simply an electrical resistor, and works on the principle of Joule heating: an electric current through a resistor converts electrical energy into heat energy.

Fan-Forced Heater: A fan-forced heater is a heater that works by using a fan to pass air over a heating element. This heats up the air, which then leaves the heater, warming up the surrounding room. They can provide rapid heating of a room, however they make some noise when operating. Electric fan-forced heaters are 100% efficient, meaning that all energy input goes into the room as heat.

Floor Heater: A floor heater is a fan-forced heater that is recessed into the floor. Floor heaters are ideal to use when space is limited and can be applied to hallways, entryways, solariums and staircase landings.

Garage Heater: A garage heater is a rough, rugged, high performance fan-forced heater. Garage heaters can be applied to garages, workshops, basements, crawl spaces, and construction sites.

Heat Loss: The heat that flows from your home's interior on the coldest day of the year for your location, through the building envelope to the outside environment and takes into account all the things that allow heat to escape from your house, such as windows, doors, insulation R-values, walls, ceilings, floors, construction quality, number of fireplaces vented externally.

Kick Space Heater: A kick space heater is a low profile, fan-forced heater that provides comfort in places where space is limited. Kick space heaters are ideal for kitchen and bathroom under cabinets and stair risers.

The heat that flows from your home's interior on the coldest day of the year for your location, through the building envelope to the outside environment and takes into account all the things that allow heat to escape from your house, such as windows, doors, insulation R-values, walls, ceilings, floors, construction quality, number of fireplaces vented externally.

Designates your location on the planet ranging from 0° at the equator to 90° at the north pole. For best solar results, the angle of the collector compared to the ground should be +/- 20° to this.

Off-Peak Electricity: Lowest-cost electricity based on the Electric Utility's least-expensive generation option available to meet the lowest demand periods that typically includes the night hours of 11pm to 7am.

Lowest-cost electricity based on the Electric Utility's least-expensive generation option available to meet the lowest demand periods that typically includes the night hours of 11pm to 7am.

On-Peak Electricity: Higher-priced electricity that better reflects the Electric Utility's additional costs to supply power to meet the highest system demand (GW) created by the residential, business, industrial and institutional users.

Higher-priced electricity that better reflects the Electric Utility's additional costs to supply power to meet the highest system demand (GW) created by the residential, business, industrial and institutional users.

Peak Electricity: Higher-priced electricity that better reflects the Electric Utility's additional costs to supply power to meet the highest system demand (GW) created by the residential, business, industrial and institutional users.

Higher-priced electricity that better reflects the Electric Utility's additional costs to supply power to meet the highest system demand (GW) created by the residential, business, industrial and institutional users.

Radiant: Radiant heaters warm objects rather than the air, making these heaters great for indoor and outdoor use.

Dimplex radiant heaters are an ideal outdoor heater choice. Dimplex's quartz and ceramic radiant heaters provide long wave infrared radiation, which imitates the heating effect of the sun, making them ideal "people heaters".

Sustainable: Is the use of energy such that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The most common sources are waste heat and surplus energy available at night or off-peak periods from plants that can't ramp down or up such as thermal or nuclear generation.

Thermostat: A thermostat is a device for regulating the temperature of a system so that the system's temperature is maintained near a desired set-point temperature.

Wall Heater: A wall heater is a compact multi-purpose heating unit that can be recessed into your wall or mounted onto the wall. Wall heaters are ideal for use where space is limited.

Watt: A watt is an SI (metric) unit of power equal to one joule of energy per second.

Zone-Heating: The concept is simple, the basic premise is turn back your central heating system and use zone heaters for additional warmth in the rooms you use most often.

Connect with us

Facebook Twitter Youtube Blog

2014 Internet Retailer Top 500
Part of the Renovation Brands family.
Renovation Brands logo