Studio apartments do not have the same heating requirements as a large home. If the apartment you are renting did not come with its own heating solution, you will need to decide on the type of heating system you want to use before winter hits. Here is a comparison of two simple and effective heating systems for studio apartments so you can make an informed decision.
Infrared space heaters usually contain an infrared radiation emitter that produces heat, a heat exchanger that transfers this heat to the air, and a fan that blows the heated air into the room. This type of heater is a very compact and maneuverable heating option, important factors to take account of in a studio apartment where space is at a premium. Most space heaters are free floor-standing units, providing the benefit and lower cost of installation-free heating.
Space heaters are not without their problems. One of the most common concerns with using these heaters is placing them too close to flammable objects like curtains and furniture. Space heaters create a fire hazard if they are too close to flammable material. Many new space heater models have an automatic shutoff feature that activates when the unit tips over or too much heat builds up within the unit to mitigate the risk of a fire.
Wall-mounted heaters are essentially infrared space heaters that are permanently installed in one section of your wall. What wall-mounted heaters sacrifice in mobility, they make up for with greater heat production and a larger fan in comparison to floor-standing space heaters. Additionally, there is an extremely minimal risk of a fire from a wall-mounted heater as long as your heater is installed a few feet away from windows with curtains.
The primary disadvantage of wall-mounted heaters is the installation process. Some smaller units are sold with brackets that allow you to mount the heater without cutting into your wall. If you are looking for fast and consistent heating throughout your apartment, you may want to consider a larger unit that is mounted between studs in your wall. Many apartment renters turn to professional installation to insure that these units are properly insulated after the wall is cut.
Both floor-standing space heaters and wall-mounted heaters can be effective solutions for heating a studio apartment. Keep these tips in mind when searching for a new heater so you can find the system that will best suit your home's needs.