For the feel-good factor in the domestic four walls, the indoor climate is of crucial importance. In addition to a classic radiator, the associated offer includes so-called convectors. Whether a convector is a sensible solution for heating depends, among other things, on the particular area of application. The following information on the operation and the differences to other heating systems serve as a useful guide.
Construction and operation of a convector
In a convector are heating wires that are powered by electricity. As soon as the convector is switched on, the heating wires provide room air heating. Depending on the particular model, the convector radiator emits the heated air to the front of the top. In contrast to a standard heater, a convector heats indirectly: This is how the device sucks in the generated heat before it is then released to the outside.
Some versions have integrated fans, which ensure optimum distribution of warm air. Also, the customer can choose from a wide range of product types: for example, mobile floor units are ideal for flexible use in different rooms. For permanent use at a specific location, permanently installed wall-mounted appliances are the appropriate alternatives.
Advantages and disadvantages of a convector
One of the most significant advantages of a convector is the rapid availability of heat: as soon as the device is switched on, the room air can be heated up within a short time. The problem of long lead times can thus be prevented by using a convector heater. Furthermore, a convector is characterized by a low purchase price: In direct comparison with other heating systems, the investment costs are small and can even be financed with a limited budget. A convector is also an advantage when it comes to installation effort: This eliminates the time-consuming task of installing heating pipes, which enables quick installation and commissioning.
Convector is only partially suitable for heating residential areas.
Also, the mobile upright convectors score with maximum flexibility in heating. Despite the comparatively low purchase price, the use of a convector can become an expensive affair: A convector is powered by electricity so that the ongoing energy costs can rise rapidly. The steadily rising electricity price underscores the long-term cost disadvantage of convector heating. Also, a convector is only partially suitable for the heating of living spaces. In comparison with the radiant heat of conventional radiators, the generated convection heat is perceived by many people to be less pleasant. The noise of the built-fan can also affect the comfort of living.
Which applications are useful?
Due to the high energy costs, a convector is not suitable for the holistic healing of large living spaces. As a readily available source of heat in small guest rooms or storage rooms, a convector is very useful. Also, wall-hung convectors are often used in bathrooms, while the mobile versions of this electric heating act as a supplement to an increased heat requirement.