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Written by Walt Meyer

Electric Wall Heaters for Year Round Comfort – Part 1

Wall heaters are most commonly found inside studio, bachelor apartments and compact offices. They are suitable for small spaces because they provide adequate heating while conserving floor space. Coming into common use more than five decades ago, the following will cover the reasons why wall heaters are still viable for small living areas today.

Gas Wall Heater

Wall heaters were developed from radiators, which decreased in use after the gas heater was introduced. Directly attached to walls, gas heaters permit the free flow of heat and are more economic than electric wall heaters. The first versions needed a system of ventilation, which was unhealthy for some people, but this was largely eliminated by the vent less gas wall heater.

Electric Wall Heater

Introduced after the gas heater, the electric wall heater is the leader today for heating living spaces. Made up of metal body construction, it features an internal electric heating element, which was first made of porcelain bricks that were eventually replaced by heating coils and tubes. The heating element is heated through the electrical current, and heat is distributed into your living space via the wall unit. Bathrooms typically have coiled wall heaters because they quickly provide heating.


Although electric wall heaters are not powered by chemicals or gasses, there are still safety concerns due to heated coils. A safe zone should be maintained around every electric heater, keeping it clear of combustible items, such as paper, clothing, curtains, flammable liquids, wood, and furniture.

Even though it seems obvious, people should avoid touching electric heaters when they are being used to avoid serious burns and injuries. A simple and basic way of maintaining safety around an electric heater is the 1-yard rule, keeping all items away from it by at least three feet will significantly decrease the risk of fire.

Part 2 will discuss the benefits of using electric wall heaters.

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