Convectors and electric heaters

Convectors and how they work

Nowadays, when one deals with the topic of heat recovery and heating, one often hears the buzzword convector or convector heating. But what is behind these convectors and how do they differ from a conventional radiator?

A convector is basically an electrically powered heater. Convectors generate heat directly through a fan by convection. The heater draws in air, heats it and then passes it on to the ambient air. These heaters are available as mobile convectors but also as wall-mounted heaters.

What is the direct difference between conventional heaters, electric heaters and convectors? While normal radiators and electric heaters emit radiant heat, convectors emit convection heat to warm the room. Convection is the technical language for heat transfer in the air.

Advantages of a convector

The obvious advantages of a convector are of course first of all the flexibility, you can heat the room you are in and place the convector as you like. Moreover, the convector does not need any preheating and is warm immediately. Immediately after switching on, the heating body heats the room to your desired temperature. Compared to entire heating systems such as convectors, radiators and electric radiators, the purchase price is comparatively low. The installation effort is also kept within limits. If you do not mount your convector radiator on the wall, in the worst case you will have to mount the foot to ensure a firm stand. In addition, electric radiators are characterised by their compactness.

Is a convector heater a valid alternative to gas or oil heating

For sure, convector heating offers you many advantages in terms of flexibility. However, an electric heater is rather disadvantageous for heating entire flats or houses. The heating power of a single convector will not be sufficient to supply an entire flat or house with pleasant warmth in winter. Your unit should rather be used as an addition to a functioning heating system.

So how should a radiator, an electric heater or a covector help you save oil and gas in hard times? A radiator takes a long time to heat an entire house, and it is questionable whether it can do this at all at -10°C outside temperature. In addition, there are the high energy costs of a mobile electric heater. As we know, the cost of electricity and kilowatt hours has risen along with the price of oil and gas. Nevertheless, you can use a radiator to heat the rooms you are currently in, i.e. you can heat them permanently at a low level with the heating and add the desired temperature with the radiator. Your experience with one of the heaters from ECD Germany could look like this. Use your device as a supplementary heater for warm air or warm room air. You can find radiators, electric fireplaces and also electric heaters in our online shop.