The various types of space heaters include baseboard, ceramic, fan-forced and radiator units. Baseboard units effectively heat large spaces, while ceramic and radiator units are best suited for small rooms. Fan-forced heaters direct heat in a concentrated area, which makes them ideal for heating individuals rather than rooms.
Baseboard heaters are long, narrow units that heat air contained in copper tubes. Ceramic space heaters include ceramic plates that heat, allowing the unit to emit warm air to nearby areas. Fan-forced space heaters send air over heated metal coils, with the units blowing the warm air in a particular direction. Radiator space heaters are filled with oil that is warmed by electricity, thereby causing the units to generate heat.