Mica panel heaters, also know as micathermic heaters, share many of the heating benefits of oil filled radiators. Both are 1,500 watt radiant heaters and rely on convection (rising heat) to distribute their heat. These qualities allow for noise free operation – a genuine benefit for some individuals. Although you’ll see the occasional comment regarding the creaking and clanking of an oil filled radiator as it heats up, this should be but a short lived irritation to those who are driven to distraction by the relentless whir associated with a fan forced heater. And, since there is no fan to incite a dust cloud of allergens, these radiant convection heaters are of benefit to those afflicted with asthma or other sorts of respiratory issues. Next, let’s look at some of differences between mica panel and radiator heaters. The typical radiator heater, at 27 pounds, weighs around twice as much as a mica heater. Casters notwithstanding, a radiator could be awkward for some to relocate from room to room when using it for zone heating. And if the room where you need it is cramped for space you could end up with an unwanted conversation piece in the middle of the room. On the other hand, the slim line profile of a mica panel heater is unobtrusive and lends itself nicely to tight spots or crowded areas. Some brands of heaters can even be installed on the wall. One of the main complaints customers have with radiant convection heaters is the length of time they need to heat a room. But this is where the marvel of mica comes in to play. The exceptional heat transfer qualities of mica, long employed by heavy industry, allow it to immediately radiate warmth into the room – even without a fan. So it’s either that, or wait for 5 quarts of oil to heat up.
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