How are Central Heaters Different for Space heaters?

By | January 28, 2012

There are two major types of heating systems – central heating system and space heating system. Central heating system is that type of heating system which is used to heat large spaces. Whereas, space heating use portable heaters to heat smaller areas.

Let us know few important details about these two kinds of heaters.

Central Heater: A central heating system is used to heat all parts inside a room. It is the most popularly used heating system. The heat generated from central heater flows all over the room in a series of tubes called ducts. Central Heaters mostly work with the help of electricity or gas and at times they also work with coal, wood or heating oil.

Space Heaters: If heating is necessary for a small enclosed area, generally space heaters are used. Space heaters contain capacity that ranges between 10,000 Btu to 40,000 Btu per hour. Some fuels like electricity, propane, natural gas and kerosene are used to maintain the capacity range. Some space heaters are dependent on convection through which movement of air happens in a room and some are dependent on radiant energy through which objects are heated directly from sunlight. The heat generated in a room by space heaters using radiant energy can last only for a few hours. Space heaters can be portable and are usually attached on a wall. Space heaters can reduce the electricity bill when compared to central heaters.

Based on the heating requirements and the areas, one can choose the best suitable heating system.