How do Ceramic Heaters Work?

a small ceramic heater

There is a difference between ceramic heaters and other types of heaters; this is because ceramic heaters heat up the environment more easily. Unlike coil heaters, they do not use fire and have no risks of burning. On the other hand, coil heaters work by an electric current which heats them to such a high temperature that they burn.

How Ceramic Heaters Heat the Air

Ceramic heaters have a number of ceramic plates attached to some coils of metal that heat up in the same way as a coil heater, but the plates absorb the heat and release it into the air. They are quicker than coil heaters and they take less time to cool down once they are switched off.

Efficiency and Speed of Ceramic Heaters

Ceramic heaters do not waste a lot of energy and they can also reduce your electricity bill if you have them installed at home. The heating process would be faster if the heater has more ceramic plates in it. These heaters are used to heat all rooms due to their high efficiency, which varies between 85 percent and 90 percent.

Overheating Prevention and Security

Fans and thermostats inside the ceramic heater prevent it from overheating. The fans blow the hot air out of the heater into the room, and they also cool down the ceramic plates. They keep on working even when the heater is off.

Convection and Radiation

There are two heating processes in which heaters can heat a room, and these are convection and radiation. Ceramic heaters utilize convection because air is blown around on a hot surface. Other heaters that use radiation release the heated air towards a certain object.

Oil and gas are becoming more and more expensive. As a result, people are now looking for a cheaper way to heat their homes. Since a ceramic heater uses convection as a heating process, it is more affordable than a radiation heater.

Safety Features and Characteristics

Apart from being faster and more efficient, ceramic heaters are also safer than others. They are able to operate at a low temperature, and if it rises too high, for example, 380 degrees Fahrenheit, a particular feature of the ceramic heater reduces the electric current and therefore reduces any risk of causing a fire in the house. These heaters also have a tilt detection unit at the bottom, allowing the heater to shut off if it’s knocked over, which is another safety feature.

Size and Portability

Ceramic heaters are usually not very large and they are in fact quite portable. They can easily heat up rooms that are too big for a radiation heater, in a relatively short period of time. The portability of ceramic heaters gives them an advantage over central heating as well. You can easily move a ceramic heater from one room to another.

Most heaters usually burn fuel to heat up a room, but ceramic heaters do not do that, therefore they do not produce any poisonous fumes or chemicals during the heating process. Ceramic heaters are ideal for all families and today's modern heaters are equipped with more advanced features such as a timer, sensors, digital displays, and remote controls.