Quartz heater: reviews and review of popular manufacturers
The article will consider in detail the characteristics of such a device as a quartz heater: consumer reviews of popular manufacturers and their products, the main criteria for choosing a high-quality device, comparative characteristics of infrared and monolithic structures according to the main parameters that are important for buyers.
Quartz heater: reviews and selection of the optimal device
The current market is oversaturated with a variety of heating devices. Quartz constructions stand out especially from the total mass of heaters due to their practicality. They have a lot of advantages, although, like many other products, they are not without disadvantages.
Quartz heating devices are considered to be electric heating equipment, which partially has quartz in its composition. Some structural elements are made of this mineral. Depending on the type of device and its modification, quartz may contain completely different elements.
The principle of operation of the heater with quartz sand
Each type of quartz device used for heating the house has its own operating principle. But at the heart of this principle is the same scheme of action: the temperature of the heating element increases due to the particles of electricity that pass through it, causing high resistance.
There are two types of quartz structures on the market: infrared and monolithic. According to the principle of operation, quartz devices are also divided into two types: induction and resistive. A distinctive feature of the latter is the absence of magnetic fields that have a negative impact on the human body. In addition, such heaters do not contribute to the heating of metal fittings on clothes (buttons, zippers). This usually turns into a problem if you inadvertently get too close to a working device.
Pay attention! Electric type of heating is one of the most productive options for heating housing: The efficiency of the equipment in some cases reaches almost 95%. This means that the device works off the money spent on electricity without losses.
Thanks to modern technologies, electric energy costs can be reduced. There are many ways to economically spend electricity on heating with maximum benefit from this energy.
For a quartz device, it is recommended to purchase a temperature sensor with an automatic monitoring system. The sensor reacts to temperature changes in the room and is triggered by turning on or off the equipment, depending on the settings that can be set independently. This scheme allows you to reduce costs by 1/3.
The device of a monolithic quartz heater
The monolithic version of the structure (MKTEN) has another name – tile. In production , its production is carried out according to the following scheme:
In the finished form, the device is a kind of equivalent to the design of an oil heater, only dry. When the device is connected to the mains, the nichrome spiral heats up. After it, the entire stove heats up.
Pay attention! The properties of quartz sand are similar to those of oil. The material in the working device contributes not only to heating the air in the room, but also performs the function of accumulating heat accumulator. Therefore, even after switching off, the heater will give off heat to the room for 1.5 hours.
Infrared Quartz Heater device for home
Infrared designs of quartz devices are equipped with a heat-emitting element in the form of a tungsten spiral. It is located in a glass tube. A glass flask is a preventive measure to prevent the appearance of an unpleasant odor. A spiral made of tungsten is red-hot. If it were not for the glass tube, dust particles falling on the spiral would constantly burn up, filling the room with an unpleasant smell.
It is most expedient to use the infrared type of equipment for fixed heating. Such a device is best installed in the living room, where there is a TV, or at the workplace. Of course, the room will not warm up completely, but you can achieve significant savings in electricity by buying a unit with a low power level.
The most significant advantage of such a device is comfortable operation. The design is compact, mobile, and in the process of heat generation, the air in the room does not burn, as is usually the case with convection products that require the purchase of humidifiers. In this case, the natural humidity of the room is preserved, so that even after a long warm-up of the room, people still breathe easily.
Which heaters are better: infrared or quartz monolithic structures
Infrared heaters can be equipped with four types of heating element: quartz, halogen, ceramic or micro-thermal. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages, but the principle of operation is the same. Therefore, we will further consider the features of infrared devices with a quartz heating element and quartz monolithic structures.
Despite the many advantages that unite these devices, each of them heats the room in its own way. For this reason, heaters must be selected taking into account their own needs and conditions of the room:
- its size;
- air temperatures;
- the presence or absence of good insulation.
The monolithic unit heats the room using the convection effect. During this, there is a gradual increase in air temperature at all points of the room. When heated, the air expands, its density decreases, so it rises. The monolithic heater first heats up the air layer in front of itself, after which each subsequent layer warms up due to the raising of hot streams.
Pay attention! Heating is slow, but the device is able to maintain a normal temperature in a room with a size of 16-18 m3.
The operation of the infrared heater does not involve the use of the convection effect. In the process of heating the room, thermal radiation is intensively transmitted, which has a directional nature of propagation. The heat is not dissipated around the room due to the fact that the device is equipped with a focusing reflector that reflects it in the right direction.
Thermal radiation is formed by a quartz bulb, inside of which a spiral is soldered. In this case, the objects in front of the structure are heated, and not the air. In other words, the lamp will heat people and things directly in front of it in the radiation area.
The best device is determined based on whether the buyer needs uniform heating of the room or locally directed heat.
Monolithic or infrared quartz heater: what is better to choose
Infrared devices will be useful in those rooms where there is no normal thermal insulation. For insulated rooms with minimal heat losses, it is better to take monolithic heaters. When the operating conditions of the room are determined, you can proceed to comparing the characteristics of these units.
In terms of weight, monolithic structures are significantly inferior to infrared devices. Their weight is 10-12 kg. But tile heaters are very compact. The standard size parameters are 60×35 cm, while the thickness of the structure does not exceed 25 mm. The dimensions of the products, depending on the manufacturer, may differ from those indicated, but not significantly.
Pay attention! If the devices are supposed to be used in combination with a thermostat, professionals will recommend buying a monolithic quartz heater without a plug.
If the tile unit is purchased to order, many manufacturers give buyers the right to choose the material from which the protective frame will be made. The most budget option is aluminum. The highest quality frames are made of steel coated with protective coating.
Infrared models are more functional. They allow you to adjust the power level in the range of 1-3 kW. In the reflector there are lamps with a power of 500 watts. The possibility of precise regulation of heating depends on their number. The main thing is not to overdo it so that the emitter does not harm people around.
Quartz heater operation: is it harmful
If we talk about infrared emitters and their harm, it is worth analyzing in more detail the temperature capabilities of these units and the degree of action on a person.
Modern heater designs are divided into three categories:
- 300 ° C – emitters with a long wave that are not capable of harming human health (provided that the rays are not directed at a person at a right angle);
- 600 °C – the wave range practically coincides with the human body;
- 800 ° C – aggregates with short-wave action (this type of radiation can be extremely dangerous, since it has the ability to penetrate the skin of the human body).
The degree of harm of a quartz heater to health can be compared with the effect of sunlight on a person. In both cases, the thermal component is based on the principle of propagation of infrared spectrum waves. In other words, if you are exposed to radiation for a short time within 10-20 microns, health will not be harmed. Rather, on the contrary, the body is toned.
It is better to refrain from prolonged stay under an infrared heater, as this can lead to burns on the skin.
Useful advice! To reduce the degree of negative impact of infrared radiation, it is recommended to direct the device to furniture or other surfaces in the room. A person can stay directly in front of the heater, but not more than 20 minutes. Especially vulnerable areas of the body are the eyes and head.
The price of quartz heaters TeplEko, TeploPlit and Texture
Monolithic structures are characterized by long service lives (up to 25 years). At the same time, this period of operation is accompanied by a minimum number of breakdowns. As a rule, most of the breakdowns occur on the power cord, which is very easy to replace if necessary.
Now it is possible to calculate the amount of required electrical energy for one unit for the heating season: 1800 h x 0.4 kW = 720 kW/h.
Taking into account the fact that it will take 6 appliances to heat the house, and the cost of 1 kW is 2 rubles. you can easily calculate what the total costs will be:
720 kW/h x 6 (heaters) x 2 rubles = 8640 rubles per year.
Average price of monolithic quartz heaters for home:
|Brand||Power, kW||Dimensions, cm||Area of action, m||Price, rub.|
Prices depend on the characteristics of a particular model, its design, components and power.
The price of quartz heaters for the house with infrared radiation
Most of the infrared emitters have a floor-mounted design. For convenience, some models are equipped with a stand that adjusts the position of the device in height.
Pay attention! On sale you can find units with imitation of decor in the interior or furniture items. Especially popular are devices made in the form of bedside tables made of natural wood or chipboard. Heaters in such cases are no less efficient than conventional ones, but their appearance is significantly improved.
Additional advantages of emitters:
Average prices of infrared quartz emitters:
|Area of action, m||Price, rub.|
|Stiebel||Eltron IW 120||1,2||8.5×14.5×53.5||15||4200-4500|
|AEG||IR Premium 6000||6||110x27x110||36||145000-147000|
Comparative characteristics of infrared and monolithic devices
Monolithic models have a standard size, which, depending on the manufacturer, may vary within 1-2 cm.
Main characteristics of heaters with monolithic construction:
Infrared emitters have a wider size range. Buyers also have a significant choice regarding the weight of the structure. These devices have a lightweight body from 1 to 3 kg.
The wavelength depends on the operating temperature of the emitter:
- from 300 to 600 ° C – the length is 2.5-50 microns;
- from 600 to 800 ° C – the length is 0.7-2.5 microns.
Household models consume from 1 to 3 kW. Several heating elements can be installed in one unit. The power of each of them is 400-500 watts.
Pay attention! In order to provide users with the possibility of temperature control, manufacturers have equipped each of these heating elements with an individual switch.
Operation of quartz heaters: negative and positive reviews
Consumers’ opinions about infrared and monolithic structures differ. Some of the reviews are positive, others, on the contrary, talk about the shortcomings of certain products.
Here are some of them:
“Last year I purchased several monolithic heaters for the house. I decided to do this only because I heard only about the merits of these products on every corner. But I was disappointed in them very quickly. It cannot be said that they are impractical. And the savings from them are significant. But I didn’t feel the heat as such in the house. Therefore, some of the monolithic models were installed in the living room, and an infrared heater was purchased for the bedroom. Although it works locally, but you don’t have to wait until the whole room warms up.”
Vitaly Andrienko, Yekaterinburg
“Looking with my husband where to buy a quartz heater for the cottage, we spent a lot of time until we decided on a suitable option. We chose a tile heater. The devices proved themselves perfectly. Of course, I had to spend money on a thermostat, but now the energy consumption is minimal and completely under control. With such equipment, it’s not scary to leave the cottage for a week. In winter, at the operating temperature of the heater 10 ° C, the house is insured against freezing. I am very happy with my purchase.”
Tatiana Smirnova, Moscow
“Personally, I prefer infrared heaters. Despite their price, they fully justify themselves. The power consumption is very small. When the central heating system in the apartment does not cope with its task, I just bring the temperature to the desired level due to the heater.”
Igor Skorodko, St. Petersburg
Quartz heaters TeplEko: reviews, negative and positive sides, properties
In the modern market of heating appliances there is a large number of various devices. The total number of models exceeds one hundred. In addition to standard and common units, you can buy a quartz heater TeplEko, which belongs to the newest and original modifications.
Pay attention! The TeplEco brand appeared on the market in 2010. By 2012, the products of this manufacturer were widely known and distributed.
The general device of the heater and the principle of its operation
This type of device is a monolithic rectangular slab. The basis of the solution for the manufacture of the heater TeplEco quartz sand. At the same time, there is no reinforcing mesh inside the plate. The product has a raised surface that is able to absorb moisture. Moreover, the body part of the heater can be safely painted in any color you like, because it is absolutely safe. Thus, the design can be designed in the same color scheme as the room where the device will be installed.
The heater is connected to the electrical network via a conventional outlet. There is a short cable cord about 1 m long on the back of the structure. Manufacturers do not complete the cable with a plug, so you will have to buy this part and fix it yourself. The power button is located near the cable exit point.
Fixing the plate on the wall is carried out by brackets. On sale there are special floor stands that can be purchased as an add-on. The solid block has a heating element inside in the form of a nichrome spiral, which heats up under the influence of current and gives off heat to the structure. Due to the special wear-resistant wire, the heater can be turned on throughout the day. In other words, it can be used as the main source of heat in the house.
Pay attention! The material used to make the plate has a high level of inertia. This means that the structure heats up for a long time and at the same time also cools down for a long time. The temperature reaches its maximum within 30 minutes.
Comparative characteristics and price of heaters TeplEko and TeploPlit
In order to fully evaluate the capabilities of TeplOko products, it is worth studying in detail the main technical characteristics of the devices, comparing them with the indicators of heaters of another popular brand.
Comparative characteristics of TeploPlit and TeplEco devices:
|Energy consumption (day), kW||2,55||2,5|
|Full cooling time, h||2,2||5|
|Power level, W||450||400|
|Construction weight, kg||11||12|
These products belong to two competing brands in the category of panel heaters. Judging by the table, the heaters of the company TeplEco have a lower power level in comparison with the devices of TeploPlit. But in the process of their manufacture, the manufacturer uses a large amount of quartz sand, due to which the accumulating capabilities of the plates are improved.
With similar design indicators, the HeatpLane is much worse at keeping heat from heating, despite its cost.
Advantages and disadvantages of quartz heaters TeplEco
With regard to quartz heaters TeplEko consumer reviews are not entirely unambiguous. Buyers leave both negative and positive comments.
Based on the general opinion , the following positive aspects of the products were highlighted:
- a long cooling period, as a result, the stove emits heat for a long time even after switching off;
- possibility of surface painting;
- the device does not dry the air;
- reduced level of electricity consumption.
Pay attention! Despite the fact that the manufacturer positions its devices as energy-saving, in comparison with convectors, the savings are not so great (if you rely on reviews).
There are much more disadvantages:
- large construction weight;
- there are no handles on the body part of the device, which makes the process of transferring and installing a flat plate more complicated;
- if there is insufficient drying, the quartz heater TeplEko beats with a current;
- the brackets present in the equipment of the device do not allow you to securely fix the device on the wall. Special difficulties arise when mounting on a thin partition;
- it takes a whole hour to warm up the device;
- if there is an increased humidity level in the room, cracks form on the surface of the plate;
- the manufacturer did not provide for enclosing elements that prevent human contact with the structure. Taking into account the fact that the switched-on device gets very hot, the operation of the heater without a protective screen in the children’s room can be dangerous;
- limited equipment. For comfortable use, you need to buy a lot of additional parts.
Additional accessories for the heater
In addition to the protective screen, you will need to purchase a number of additional parts for the full operation of the TeplEco heater. You can buy them from the manufacturer.
Average prices for components:
|Part Type||Price, rub.|
|Power level controller (thyristor)||2000|
|Reflective film (foiled)||150|
|Dryer with hinged structure||700|
In practice, only a stand, a protective screen and a temperature controller will benefit. The remaining components are not mandatory, they only increase the level of comfort of operation.
Useful advice! If the device is supposed to be installed on the walls, a film with a reflective effect will not be superfluous. It will direct the heat in the right direction.
The “smart” socket increases the functionality of the heater. With its help, the user can turn off or turn on the device via voice call or text message (SMS).
Installation and operation recommendations
The installation of the quartz heater design is carried out as follows:
It remains only to connect the device to the electrical network. To avoid the appearance of cracks on the stove, it is very important to “dry” the device. To do this, it is enough to leave the heater running for 2-3 hours. Since the construction material has a high ability to absorb moisture, do not neglect this procedure.
Useful advice! In order to completely eliminate the possibility of cracks, it is recommended to leave the device in a room with a dry microclimate for several days, preferably for 1-2 weeks before use.
Features of quartz heaters TeploPlit
Quartz devices of the TeploPlit company are made on the basis of dolomite (ground marble stone), quartz sand and kaolin (white clay). These components are mixed in production in the required proportions, rammed and subjected to the sintering procedure under the influence of high temperature.
The heating element, which is installed inside, is completely isolated from contact with oxygen and the environment. Due to this, the part is not subject to destruction under the influence of oxidation processes that occur in contact with the air environment.
The manufacturer chose a material called nichrome for the manufacture of the heating element. The operating temperature of this metal, which is an alloy of nickel and chromium, reaches 980 ° C, which indicates the high resistance of the spiral to heating. The actual temperature inside the device does not exceed 120 ° C, so the material retains its strength characteristics for a very long service life.
Features of the product range TeploPlit
The company provides consumers with the opportunity to buy quartz heaters Heatplit of two varieties:
The manufacturer has made sure that the devices differ not only in efficiency, but also in attractive external data. The front part of the case is covered with textured patterns in the form of ornaments.
All units go on sale in one color – white. Buyers will be able to independently paint the structure in the shade they like. To do this, you will need to purchase a special paint with heat-resistant properties.
Pay attention! All corners and edges of the heater are rounded, so there are no restrictions on the installation of the device in any premises. The design is completely safe for operation.
Consumers can buy quartz heaters TeploPlit in the following modifications:
Technical characteristics and capabilities of heaters
The heater design is able to withstand a long period of operation without interruptions. This ability allows you to leave the device on without fear that the heating element will fail. If there is a voltage of 220-230 V in the network, the heating temperature of the spring surface will be about 95-98 ° C. This indicator is the average value obtained as a result of taking measurements from 9 different points.
The temperature of the monolithic heater can be raised above the specified level. To do this, you will need to significantly increase the voltage in the power grid, and for a sufficiently long time.
Technical characteristics of heaters:
The heater itself, a set of brackets for its installation (3 pcs.) and a package of documents are included as standard.
Pay attention! The power cable, which is provided in the design, is capable of withstanding 380V loads and exposure to a temperature equal to 190 ° C. At the same time, the cord shell is not prone to ignition.
Quartz heaters TeploPlit: consumer reviews
According to consumers, the products of the TeploPlit company, although they deserve the right to exist, have several significant shortcomings.
“I live in an apartment. The capabilities of the centralized heating system are quite enough to feel comfortable even in winter. The exception is a few weeks when the temperature outside the windows drops significantly. This year, I refused to use a fan heater – the air is constantly dry from it, there is a lot of noise and my head starts to hurt. As an alternative, I decided to try the quartz heater TeploPlit. The room warms up well, but very slowly. Otherwise, there are no complaints about the device.”
Victoria Demchenko, Yekaterinburg
“I was very disappointed in the design of the TeploPlit heater. On the website, the designs look neat, in fact – quite the opposite. The panel heats up too much, so they refused to install it in the nursery. Although, strictly speaking, that’s where the device was bought. The only thing that pleased the heater was a small energy consumption.”
Sergey Matvienko, Moscow
“The manufacturer has clearly not finalized the production of the panel. Upon operation, the following shortcomings were identified: electric shocks, cracks appear on the structure and the heat capacity is much lower than the declared indicator. The lack of additional equipment – a stand, a screen – is also very upsetting. I don’t see the point in paying the same money for it as for the device itself. As for me, it’s better to buy an infrared heater.”
Evgeny Sotnikov, Moscow
Features of Quartz heaters Texture
The Texture company has been using its own technology for manufacturing quartz heaters for 17 years. Environmental friendliness, safety and economy are inherent in these structures.
Pay attention! In comparison with standard models, Texture heaters are able to save up to 80% of the money spent on paying electricity bills.
The manufacturer offers consumers two series of heaters:
Quartz monolithic slabs from the manufacturer Texture have at least 95% quartz sand in their composition.
Technical features of the devices:
In constructions, the heating element is completely sealed. It is covered with a non-combustible dielectric, which has a high resistance to temperatures. The conductive parts are also completely hidden for safety reasons. The device can be safely left on for a long time, as it is characterized by complete safety.
During the operation, gorenje dust particles and oxygen in the heated room is excluded.
Advantages of monolithic heaters Texture
Monolithic constructions of quartz heaters Texture have the following advantages:
- cost–effectiveness – thanks to the connection of the temperature controller, it is possible to reduce the consumption of one device up to 2.5 kW per day;
- hypoallergenic – indoor microclimate indicators that are comfortable for living are maintained;
- environmental friendliness – materials of natural origin are used in the production of structures. Heaters are recommended for use in rooms that have increased requirements for sanitation;
- safety – heaters are assigned the 1st class of fire safety;
- low cost – in comparison with infrared and convector models, the cost of a monolithic slab is about 20-50% lower (taking into account all electricity costs and the purchase of a heater);
- efficiency – at a low level of consumption, the device is characterized by a high efficiency index, up to 98%. At the same time, the heat flows are evenly distributed throughout the room.
Pay attention! The installation of the structure can be performed at any convenient angle and completely on any surface. In the aspect of installation, the monolithic slab is universal.
Operation of quartz heaters Texture: customer reviews
Despite the many advantages that the manufacturer notes, customer reviews regarding monolithic Texture structures practically do not differ from comments about similar products of other brands:
“Not only does the heater not cope with the function of full-fledged heating, an unpleasant odor is released during heating. Perhaps the paint used by the manufacturer does not quite meet the technical requirements of the design. When the stove is fully heated, it is simply impossible to be in the room.”
Vitaly Syroezhkin, St. Petersburg
“In Texture heaters, I was attracted by their attractive appearance. Compared to TeplOko, the design is much better, and there are much more design options. They warm up for a long time, but, as I understand it, this is the trouble of all monolithic appliances. There are no special complaints, but I didn’t notice high quality either.”
Alexander Semenovich, Rostov-on-Don
“A weak heater. Apparently, the high price is due not to the quality of the product, but to its design. Before that, I tried TeplEko devices at the dacha. The same problems are everywhere. The designs are clearly not enough to claim the title of the main source of heat in the house. Pampering, that’s all. Why do we need this energy saving at all if monolithic quartz structures are not able to provide an acceptable temperature in the house?”.
Igor Arkhipov, Yekaterinburg
General characteristics of manufacturers: choosing the best device
The choice of the optimal device will depend on what tasks will be assigned to the heater. As a rule, consumers buy monolithic models for country houses and dachas. Infrared is suitable for industrial purposes or to locally heat certain areas of the room.
Pay attention! With regard to the technical side, monolithic quartz devices are recognized as the best. The stove is not as easy to damage as a glass lamp in an infrared emitter. In addition, a tile heater can be installed even in a wooden house, without fear of starting a fire.
The country of origin also influences the choice of the heating device. The ratings of quartz models were formed as follows:
During the operation of any heater, it is very important to observe safety rules. Firstly, it is not necessary to overload the power grid. It is better if the recharge of the device will be carried out through an automatic machine. Secondly, it is strictly forbidden to leave a working structure overnight. The exception is heaters equipped with temperature sensors and temperature controllers, which automatically adjust the operation of the device depending on the climatic conditions in the room.
Infrared quartz devices have been on the market for quite a long time and have managed to prove themselves on the good side. Nevertheless, their cost is much higher than that of monolithic models. The latter are good if budget heating is required with minimal costs for the purchase of equipment.