Modern life without electricity is nearly unimaginable. Whether we’re cooking, typing a memo for work, reading, watching television, or working on a hobby, we can’t do it without electricity. Perhaps because we are so dependent on electricity, we take it for granted. Yet we need to use this resource as wisely as possible, and save energy where we can. Electric resistance heating is a great way to save energy and make the best use of your electricity.
Electric resistance heating converts 100% of the electrical energy you use into heat. This is important to the environment for several reasons. First, most of today’s electricity comes from sources that run on coal, oil, and other fossil fuels. While common and easily accessible, these fossil fuels are known pollutants and energy wasters. They negatively impact the surrounding environment and human health and increase energy costs. Additionally, only 30% of energy that comes from these sources gets converted into heat. Electric resistance heating reduces dependence on fossil fuels and ensures energy is not wasted.
Converted energy from electric resistance heat can be used in several ways. One of the most important is temperature regulation in your home or business. With traditional electricity sources, heat and energy are often wasted, making your building uncomfortably hot or cold. You must constantly adjust the thermostat, which wastes energy further. However, electric resistance heating puts heat back into your building rather than exposing it to the environment. This regulates temperature and allows you to stay cool or warm in a more environmentally friendly way.
Additionally, electric resistance heating can be used as radiant heat. Electric radiant heaters can be embedded in floors or ceilings, making entire rooms dependent on clean thermal energy. Radiant heat keeps drafts out of your house, which may reduce allergies, asthma attacks, and respiratory diseases that often occur during cold weather and seasonal changes. Since they are mounted in floors and ceilings, radiant heaters also don’t take up space. This reduces clutter and keeps your home healthier.
Although radiant heaters are some of the most popular, many other heater types use electric resistance heating. Wall heaters, which are usually installed on interior walls, use fans to move air through the heater and keep specific areas of a room warm. These are useful if you have large rooms or work areas in which temperatures vary.
Portable and built-in space heaters are also popular versions of electric resistance heat. These require more space than their counterparts, and they may give off trace amounts of radiation. However, space heaters do save significant energy, are easy to carry and store, and are ideal if you only wish to heat certain parts of a room or use a heater for a set time period.
Every home or workplace is different, so it’s crucial to choose a heater that meets your needs. It’s also vital to familiarize yourself with all the benefits and drawbacks of thermal energy so you know how feasible it is for your home or business. To learn more about electric resistance heating and thermal energy, or to choose a heater, contact Emergency Air Heating and Cooling Online or by phone.