There are many safety features on modern heaters that were not present several years ago. Most heaters are made to automatically shut off when they are tipped over. However, it is important that some safety precautions be taken when small children may be playing near the heater because some heaters have coils which get very hot. In order to provide warmth to a room, these small heaters sit very close to the floor and heat the room from the bottom up.
Ceramic systems have several additional safety features built into the systems. The coils are ceramic and aluminum control the flow of heat. In many of the systems that baffles can be adjusted to direct heat in the direction that you want it to go.
The larger the system is, the more space it is able to heat. In an open floor plan home a large space heater with an oscillating fan can keep the entire area warm easily using less energy than a central heating unit. The portable heaters have temperature controls that can be set and when the room reaches that temperature, the fan will keep running to circulate the air. Many of the newer units are made with an automatic times that will shut off the system after a specified number of hours to further reduce the danger of overheating if the unit is left unattended.
Space heaters are portable and lightweight. They can be moved to the room that is being occupied easily. Larger units have casters that make it possible to roll the unit to each room where it is being used. Some of the units can be mounted on the wall of a room and take up very little wall space.
An effective unit will have the capacity to heat the largest room where you will be using it. The internal fan will circulate air at a speed that will allow warm air to keep being circulated after the heating coils have been turned off. The unit will also meet, or exceed, the safety standards of the industry that regulate manufacture of the heaters.
When comparing the space heaters you are thinking about purchasing, reading consumer reviews will be helpful. The reviews will give you information and details about the effectiveness of specific heaters and how they function in certain weather and environmental conditions. Talking to an individual who has knowledge and expertise about the different types of heating systems available and their advantages and benefits will also provide you with important information that will help you to make the best decision about the heater for you.