Valiant Air is passionate about finding the right heating solution for your budget and your housing situation so you can stay warm in the Centennial winters. Colorado winters aren’t just chilly, they’re straight up cold (and sometimes freezing), and no one deserves to face that without a cozy nest of warmth at home. We’ve searched through the various heating options available and provided robust lists of pros and cons so that you can have an idea in mind of what you think is best when we come to visit you. Then, together, we can navigate your options and different manufacturers to find the perfect heating system for you. If you’re looking for the continuation of our electric wall heater analysis, you’ll find our well-researched pros and cons below.
It has a few main attractions; mainly, you won’t have to worry about ducting. It’s the main cause of higher utility bills as they often spring leaks, allowing your heat to seep into your attic instead of transferring the hot air to your living space. The installation is pretty simplistic. While you can DIY it, we recommend leaving electrical projects and heating projects to the professionals so you get the right bang for your buck out of your heating replacement. Essentially, they’ll cut a hole in the wall, run a 120V or 240V to the device and secure the heating unit into the wall. It’s as simple as that. You’ll also be able to take advantage of how awesome it proves to be at spot-heating. You can target chilly areas where the heat is leaking out of your home with ease using one of these nifty little devices. It won’t heat up the rest of the house, it’ll just cure the immediate chill. It’s energy smart and cost effective too, in that expanding your current heating system to a newly renovated room could cost at least $5000. They’ll use your energy wisely as they won’t often have to overwork to heat a certain space, making your utility bill go down and your entire house more earth-friendly.
The Major Drawbacks
While all those pros look pretty convincing, there are quite a few drawbacks that can tilt the scales one way rather than in your favor. For example, while it can be a greener solution, that largely depends on how you’re using the heater and how many of them you have. If you have a giant Victorian-era house with a wall heating unit in every room, you’re not being energy efficient. Electricity is usually the least effective way to generate heat and this is especially true when trying to heat a large house in the middle of a Centennial winter. Additionally, when those little wall heaters click-off, they radiate no heat throughout the room. That’s why generally, hydronic baseboards and water-based heating units offer the best heating solution to large houses; the latent heat keeps giving off heat after the heater has turned off.
The Inconvenience of Wall Heaters
While they’re easy to install, the convenient part of an electric wall heater stops there. They’re notoriously noisy, but not consistently like white noise generators or other vaguely pleasant, patterned noises that you can get used to in the night. Instead, they sound like a squirrel stuck inside a cage or they utter little paddles and piddles. The other major inconvenience is the amount of electricity they can take up in large numbers. It might not occur to you initially, but using the electricity from a wire within your wall might start to siphon off the electricity other appliances and objects need to function at their highest quality. Often, this comes along in the form of browned-out lights. Most electricians and DIYs merely patch their wall heater into the existing circuit, the easiest circuit being the one that’s attached to the lights. Running a new circuit for a wall heater is tedious and completely eliminates the easy installation aspect of the device, which means that your lights often aren’t as illuminating as they could be. Additionally, they can’t be placed just anywhere in your room. They’ll need to be a manufacturer-recommended space away from anything even vaguely flammable. They work using orange-hot metal that can cause a spark and then a fire rather quickly if not placed outside of the proximity of anything that’s likely to catch fire.
Effects the Value of Your Home
While you may think that clever renovation will certainly allow you to raise the value of your home a bit, if you’re thinking of installing a wall heater unit, you’ll probably be viewed as cheap. If you outfit the rest of your home with wall heaters and you aren’t intending to sell it as a rental property or use it as a rental property yourself, you’ll be looking at a hit in the price range you can ask for it when it comes time to stick the “for sale” sign out front. It’s generally a drawback because it limits what people can do to the room as far as decorating and it means they’ll have to pay for the HVAC upgrade if they want the wall heater removed.
When searching for a heating solution for your apartment or new renovation, reach out to us. We’re familiar with the industry and Colorado winters so we can intelligently advise you on what the best options for your situation and budget are. Whether your building merely needs a heating replacement or your unit heater needs a repair or another issue is present, we’ll find the cause and steer you in the right direction. Reach out to us with questions.