Air heaters: gas or electric?

In order to keep the room warm enough when it is cold out­side, and con­ven­tion­al heat­ing does not par­tic­u­lar­ly help to warm up, heaters are used. Today, man­u­fac­tur­ers offer a huge num­ber of dif­fer­ent options: oil, gas, elec­tric. The last two types are the most pop­u­lar, but few peo­ple know how they dif­fer from each oth­er, in addi­tion to the way they eat. Let’s talk about their main fea­tures.

Air heaters: gas or electric

Gas heaters: features and benefits

Con­sid­er the two most pop­u­lar mod­els in our store from the Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­er Bal­lu-Biemme­due: GP MC and GP AC. The first device is assem­bled in Italy and avail­able in GP 10M C for 110 m² and GP 18M C for 185 m². Both run on propane gas or a mix­ture of butane and propane. Basi­cal­ly, these mod­els are used for heat­ing non-res­i­den­tial premis­es, vehi­cles, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and have a design with increased safe­ty. In addi­tion, they are auto­mat­i­cal­ly cooled after the end of work, and the com­bus­tion cham­ber is ven­ti­lat­ed before heat­ing.

Mod­el 10M C process­es up to 420 m³ of air per hour and con­sumes only 0.046 kW, con­sum­ing a max­i­mum of 0.65 kg of fuel. It weighs only 5 kg, so it is eas­i­ly trans­ferred to any part of the room or street. The heat out­put is 10.7 kW. For 18M C, this val­ue is 18.6 kW, and with a max­i­mum air exchange of 520 m³ / h, the equip­ment con­sumes only 0.05 kW. The max­i­mum fuel con­sump­tion is 1.213 kg/h. As we can see, both devices are quite eco­nom­i­cal, but this is not the only thing that unites them. The man­u­fac­tur­er has imple­ment­ed the fol­low­ing tech­nolo­gies:

  • auto­mat­ic built-in burn­er for liq­ue­fied gas;
  • ther­mo­me­chan­i­cal flame con­trol;
  • direct heat­ing, at which the effi­cien­cy is almost 100%.

Let us con­sid­er the prin­ci­ples of oper­a­tion of such devices using the exam­ple of this mod­el. The gas air heater (heat gun) con­sists of a met­al case in which the equip­ment for dis­trib­ut­ing gas, mech­a­nisms that are respon­si­ble for auto­mat­ic pro­tec­tion against over­heat­ing, and a warm air emit­ter are assem­bled. The prin­ci­ple of oper­a­tion is as fol­lows: the gas pass­es into the dif­fuser, from where the air flow trans­fers it to the mix­ing cham­ber, in which the com­bustible mix­ture is formed. After this mix­ture pass­es into the per­fo­rat­ed struc­ture of a porous ceram­ic plate. When the mix­ture ignites from a spark from the piezo­elec­tric ele­ment, it trans­fers heat to the ceram­ic ele­ment. Then this board is heat­ed to a tem­per­a­ture of 900 ° C, start­ing to emit infrared waves.

The struc­ture of the heat gun

Air heaters: gas or electric

You can buy a gas heater Bal­lu-Biemme­due GP MC from us for only 11–12.5 thou­sand rubles.

The sec­ond mod­el, GP AC, is already avail­able in five ver­sions for large pro­duc­tion areas of 300, 460, 650, 800 and 1,050 square meters. Its con­fig­u­ra­tions are assem­bled in the same coun­try. The min­i­mum ver­sion 30A C with an hourly air exchange of 1100 cubic meters has a heat­ing capac­i­ty of 31.4 kW and con­sumes less than a kilo­watt of elec­tric­i­ty — only 0.9 kW. The light weight of 10 kg allows you to car­ry the air heater with­out any extra effort.

The most pow­er­ful of the con­fig­u­ra­tions — 105A C — pass­es 3,700 m³ of air per hour of oper­a­tion and at the same time pro­duces 108.7 kW of heat. It con­sumes elec­tric­i­ty even more eco­nom­i­cal­ly than the pre­vi­ous con­fig­u­ra­tion — at the lev­el of 0.4 kW. True, it will be hard­er to trans­fer it, although it is quite real­is­tic — the weight of the device will be 26 kg.

In fact, the series with the des­ig­na­tion A dif­fers from M only in the above char­ac­ter­is­tics, but the fea­tures and tech­nolo­gies imple­ment­ed in the devices are the same. Price range — 21 970–57 4,5 dol­lars.

Electric heaters for home

One of the lead­ers in the pro­duc­tion of elec­tric air heaters is the Amer­i­can brand Mas­ter. In our store, the TOP‑3 in this cat­e­go­ry are his three mod­els FACT 20, TS 3A, HALL 3000. All of them are pre­sent­ed in the same con­fig­u­ra­tion and assem­bled in Italy.

FACT 20 is a ceil­ing-mount­ed infrared heater with a heat out­put of 2 kW, which is enough to heat a small room of 12 square meters. meters. The radi­a­tion tem­per­a­ture of its short infrared waves is as close as pos­si­ble to nat­ur­al solar heat­ing. The absence of air flow will make the use of such a device as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble, and yel­low halo­gen lamps will not blind your eyes.

The heat­ing ele­ment in the form of an alu­minum plate with a built-in heat­ing ele­ment is cov­ered with anodes for improved heat trans­fer. A reflec­tor and a lay­er of heat-insu­lat­ing mate­r­i­al are mount­ed on the reverse side. Elec­tric air heaters of oth­er types are not much dif­fer­ent from sus­pend­ed ones. The only sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence is the way of man­age­ment. So, devices that are mount­ed on walls or stand on the floor are equipped with a built-in con­trol unit with a tem­per­a­ture con­troller and a tip­ping sen­sor. Ceil­ing mod­els are equipped with a remote unit that is mount­ed on the wall and can con­trol sev­er­al devices at the same time. The scheme of oper­a­tion of infrared elec­tric heaters is quite sim­ple.

Air heaters: gas or electric

The advan­tages of this mod­el include:

  • ease of instal­la­tion: to use the device, you just need to plug it into a pow­er out­let;
  • envi­ron­men­tal friend­li­ness: such equip­ment does not con­tain and does not emit tox­ic sub­stances;
  • rel­a­tive safe­ty: if the humid­i­ty is too high in the room, it is for­bid­den to use elec­tri­cal appli­ances there for an obvi­ous rea­son, but you should not be afraid of over­heat­ing or falling of the device — in such cas­es it will auto­mat­i­cal­ly turn off;
  • auto­mat­ic main­te­nance of opti­mal tem­per­a­ture indi­ca­tors due to the ther­mo­stat.

You can buy “Mas­ter” FACT 20 in “Smart Cli­mate” with an offi­cial 2‑year war­ran­ty for 21,7 dol­lars.

The portable floor air heater TS 3A is equipped with three heat­ing ele­ments and allows you to select one of three lev­els of radi­a­tion inten­si­ty. It works absolute­ly silent­ly due to the absence of air flow and in the process does not emit any odors, or con­den­sate, or oth­er fumes. After con­nect­ing to a 220 V net­work, it starts to instant­ly heat the air and is per­fect for rooms of 24 square meters. The heat out­put is 2.4 kW.

Oth­er fea­tures of the mod­el include:

  • durable wear-resis­tant case weigh­ing only 8 kg and dimen­sions of 380 × 460 × 240 mm;
  • the abil­i­ty to local­ly heat indi­vid­ual areas of premis­es or open areas;
  • high heat­ing effi­cien­cy with an effi­cien­cy of 100%.

You can buy an infrared heater Mas­ter TS 3A from us for only 20,4,5 dol­lars.

The third mod­el — HALL 3000 — will heat the air in a room up to 30 m². Its heat out­put is 1.5–3 kW, and due to the option of its adjust­ment, you can opti­mize your ener­gy con­sump­tion. Even heat­ing the room at the max­i­mum, you will not feel any smoke or burn­ing, and the lamps will work per­fect­ly up to 5,000 hours. In the max­i­mum mode, the cur­rent con­sump­tion will be 13 amperes. Two heat­ing ele­ments work both sep­a­rate­ly and simul­ta­ne­ous­ly. You can also choose this mod­el for the fol­low­ing fea­tures:

  • ease of move­ment: the wear-resis­tant case with dimen­sions of 38 × 46 × 24 cm and a weight of 12 kg is easy to car­ry thanks to the han­dle and wheels;
  • large reflec­tors: they can be eas­i­ly direct­ed to the place you need to heat it local­ly;
  • increased safe­ty of use: the pro­tec­tive grid pre­vents for­eign ele­ments from get­ting on the hot lamps of the infrared heater.

This mod­el costs only 31,6 dol­lars, and upon pur­chase you will receive a guar­an­tee from the man­u­fac­tur­er for 24 months.

So which device should you choose?

Think­ing about which heater is best for you — gas or elec­tric, con­sid­er exact­ly where you will use it. For a pri­vate house, a sum­mer res­i­dence, espe­cial­ly if you like out­door pic­nics and are ready to spend them even in a cold autumn, but with com­fort, it is bet­ter to take gas mod­els. Due to their high pow­er, they will eas­i­ly heat the air in large rooms, allow­ing you not to spend large sums on util­i­ty bills and oth­er costs asso­ci­at­ed with the oper­a­tion of the device, even if they are used as the only source of heat­ing.

They are safe to use out­doors even in the rain, because they will not cre­ate the risk of short cir­cuits and oth­er inci­dents that can hap­pen with elec­tri­cal appli­ances. In addi­tion, gas mod­els are much bet­ter than elec­tri­cal appli­ances for indus­tri­al premis­es. First of all, such devices are designed specif­i­cal­ly for them.

On the oth­er hand, in apart­ments such pow­er­ful heaters may not be need­ed. One of the rea­sons to use elec­tri­cal appli­ances in them is the abil­i­ty to eas­i­ly dec­o­rate the inte­ri­or and heat the entire room in a short time, sim­ply by fix­ing the heater to the ceil­ing or wall. If you need a portable device, in the assort­ment you will find a large num­ber of portable elec­tric air heaters that can be eas­i­ly trans­ferred to the room you need. Of course, for use in the bath­room, such devices must be pro­tect­ed from water, but such mod­els are not dif­fi­cult to find.

If you need help in choos­ing not only the type, but also the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the device that are opti­mal for you, the Smart Cli­mate online store will be hap­py to help you! Our staff will advise you on the best mod­els in terms of price-qual­i­ty ratio, and a per­son­al man­ag­er will answer all ques­tions about the equip­ment you pur­chased and help you deal with prob­lems dur­ing the entire war­ran­ty peri­od. All prod­ucts from our range are cer­ti­fied, and you will receive a guar­an­tee for them up to 5 years. In addi­tion, you can always buy equip­ment to order with deliv­ery through­out Europe and the coun­tries of the Cus­toms Union.


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