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Electric Bathroom Wall Heaters Buyers Guide


 
Fan forced Electric bathroom wall heaters, are a quick source of heat, ideal solution for hard-to-heat locations, fitting in just about anywhere you need it to. Whether you are looking to heat your entrance, basement, kitchen, bathroom, living room or small garage, this heater will no doubt do the job.
 
When shopping for an electric heater (not replacing a old heater) there are several things to consider:
1. Heater sizing by wattage
2. Voltage
2. Noise Level of the heater
3. Thermostat
4. Looks of the grille
5. Heater location
6. Recessed vs. Surface mounting

1. Heater sizing - how big is the room you want to heat?
A quick way to select a wall heater is with the square foot rule.
Example small room:
Square footage = 10’W x 15’L = 150 (standard 7 to 8 foot ceiling)
Watts per Sq Ft = 10 to 12 watts (new construction few windows use 10 watts)
150 sq ft x 10 watts = 1,500 watt heater (select a 1,500 to 2,000 watt heater)
Example larger room:
Square footage = 25’W x 15’L = 375 (standard 7 to 8 foot ceiling)
Watts per Sq Ft = 10 to 12 watts (new construction few windows use 10 watts)
375 sq ft x 10 watts = 3,750 watt heater (select a 4,000 watt heater)
Always give yourself a safety factor by averaging up.

2. Voltage
Knowing your available voltage is right up there as one of the most important things to know and understand before you purchase an electric wall heater. Electric wall heaters come in 120 and 240 volts. Some electric wall heaters only come in 120 volts, and some only come in 240.
 
Most homes in the United States have both 120v and 240v in there house. If you have a electric stove, range, dryer or water heater in your home those are all running on 240 voltage.
 
A standard 120 volt wall heater comes in 500 to 1,500 watts which can heat a room between 50 to 150 sq ft. If you have a bigger room then 150 sq ft you Have To Have a 240 volt heater.
A standard 240 volt wall heater comes in 1000 to 4,800 watts which can heat a room from 100 to 480 sq ft.

A common over site is buying and or installing a wall heater with the wrong voltage. If you install a heater to the wrong voltage bad things can happen:

120v to a 240v heater will give you ¼ of the wattage
240v to a 120v heater will burn out the heater and void the warranty
If you are not sure on your voltage you will want to consult a licensed electrician. We stock almost every heater you see on line and ship the same day if in stock so we can get it to you pretty fast.
 
( FYI Notes )
110 volts, 115 volts, 120 volts, 125 volts
(All four voltages will work with the same heater)
220 volts, 230 volts, 240 volts, 250 volts
(All four voltages will work with the same heater)
208 volts is NOT the same as 240 volts - it's a total different

3. Heater location in your room
Find a spot on an interior wall close to the outside wall. Make sure you avoid any obstructions like a chair or couch, or hanging items like drapes. By using a near by wall you can avoid cutting into your wall insulation. The idea is to heat your cold wall first and the rest of the room will fall in line.
 
4. Noise level
All fan forced wall heaters will make a noise, I tell customers over the phone when browsing our website the more expensive the wall heaters the quieter its going to be ( this rule does not apply to our commercial grade 3000 watt and up wall heaters ) because the internal parts are of a higher quality. If noise is not an issue any heater w/ in you parameters meaning correct wattage and voltage will work.

5. Wall Thermostat location
When using a wall thermostat with this wall heater be sure to place it on a internal wall ideally across from the windows. Avoid drafty areas, direct sunlight, and other heaters & electronics devices that can put out heat like computers or TV’s. make sure you don’t place it behind a shelf or to close pictures what will affect airflow around the thermostats sensors.

6. Recessed vs. Surface mounting
Recessed mounting simply means you cut a hole in the sheet rock wall.
Surface mounting on a brick or block wall, your heater will mount on the wall instead of inside the wall.
 
 

 

 

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