What’s the Difference Between a PTC Heater and a Traditional One?
January 2, 2023 at 8:00 AM
<strong>What’s the Difference Between a PTC Heater and a Traditional One?</strong>

Heating your home can be tricky. You want to stay warm and comfortable, but you also don’t want to blow your budget on utility bills. Enter the PTC heater—also known as a Positive Temperature Coefficient heater—which is quickly becoming one of the most popular heating solutions. But what is a PTC heater, and how does it differ from traditional heaters? Let’s take a closer look.

At Sisler Companies, we are versed in all things domestic appliances—with a specialization in component services and sales for the domestic appliance, automotive and electric motor industries. We’re dedicated to providing our clients the very best in components services and pride ourselves on offering unparalleled customer support. Now, let’s get into the nuances of PTC heaters versus traditional models.

What is a PTC Heater?

A PTC heater is an electric device that uses Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) technology to generate heat. Unlike traditional heating elements, which rely on low fixed-resistance coils to create heat, PTC heaters use conductors made of variable resistor materials. When electricity passes through these conductors, they create resistance, become hot and generate heat in the surrounding area. The more electricity that is passed through them, the hotter they get—but they never reach temperatures high enough to cause combustion or fires and this is the "ptc effect". They function very similarly to a radiator but in a much more efficient way.

The Benefits of Using a PTC Heater

If you’re not well-versed in the nuances of heating systems, as many folks aren’t, you’re likely wondering what the benefits of a PTC heater really are compared to traditional heaters. PTC heaters are incredibly energy efficient because they require less energy than traditional models. That means you can save money on your monthly utility bills while still keeping your home warm and efficient during cold weather months. Additionally, since PTC heaters don’t have any open flames or exposed wiring like some traditional models do, they are much safer for homes with small children or pets. Finally, because these devices don’t rely on any moving parts or filters to operate, they require very little maintenance compared to other forms of heating systems.

How Does It Compare To Traditional Heaters?

When compared side-by-side with traditional heating elements, it’s easy to see why so many people prefer using PTC heaters in their homes. Traditional heating elements produce more intense heat but require more energy for operation and maintenance costs can add up quickly over time due to wear and tear on the components. In contrast, PTC heaters generate consistent low-level warmth without any additional costs associated with upkeep or maintenance fees. Additionally, since these devices are lightweight and portable compared to traditional elements, you can make special design considerations with PTC heaters.

Get in Touch With Sisler Companies for component services.

Whether you’re looking for an energy-efficient way to warm up your home or just want something that requires minimal upkeep over time, investing in a PTC heater might be right for you! These electric devices use semiconductors made of other material instead of resistance coils like traditional models do which makes them incredibly efficient while providing low-level warmth all season long without any additional cost or effort from you. Plus—with no open flames or exposed wiring—they are much safer than some other types of heating systems out there, so you can rest easy knowing everyone in your family will stay safe when using them this winter. Please contact us at Sisler Companies for more information.