In this short guide, I want to give you all the information I can about selecting the best Low EMF space heater for your house.
Most of the appliances in your home will emit at least some EMF radiation, and some of them will emit very large amounts. It is important to understand what kind of radiation in order to protect ourselves and our families.
We often think of EMF radiation from devices like our cell phones, routers, smart meters, and more. However, even an appliance like a simple space heater can emit a large amount of electric field radiation.
Do Heaters Emit EMF Radiation?
First of all, to answer this question, yes, heaters like space heaters absolutely do emit EMF radiation. They will emit both electric field radiation, and magnetic field radiation, and the amounts will depend completely on the device.
Remember that with just about any device that emits EMF radiation, it will be exponentially higher the closer you are to it. This is due to a law of physics called the inverse-square law. This tells us that as we double our distance from a source of EMF radiation, we quarter our exposure to it. This is why distance from these sources is so important.
A user on an EMF forum was curious about the type of radiation coming form the devices in his home, and here is what that user found.
Panel Heater (600W) – This had a high amount of electric field radiation just about anywhere within 4 feet, but almost no magnetic field radiation. With any of these heaters, if you keep it across the room, your EMF radiation exposure should be quite low.
Fan Heater (2000W) – With this heater, there was a much larger amount of magnetic field radiation, but still a small amount of electric field radiation. The circuitry in this device produces a measurable amount of EMF radiation – we’ll talk about how to measure this down below.
Notably, even when these heaters were turned off, they still emitted a large amount of electric field radiation.
Best Low EMF Space Heaters
When it comes to small space heaters for your home, you will not find any that produce no EMF radiation, it just isn’t possible with the way the devices are constructed. You can get no-EMF radiation heating pads (check out my huge guide on this here), but there isn’t a good way to have a heater warm up space, without emitting at least some EMF radiation.
So first I’m going to give my top recommendations for relatively low EMF heaters, and then I’ll talk about how you can measure the radiation from these devices yourself, and finally, I’ll talk about how to minimize your EMF exposure.
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For a small portable heater, I think this is a really good choice for a few reasons.
One, the Sunpollo space heater uses a ceramic plate, which will emit less radiation than a coil system that many of these heaters use. Next, the heater is both small in size, and the wattage can be adjusted, which will , in turn,reduce the emitted radiation.
It also has some other really great safety features such as tip over protection. If the heater were to get accidentally knocked over, it automatically turns off. In addition, the Sunpollo heater has overheat protection to ensure it does not get too hot. In order for these types of heaters to get hot, they also have to ramp up the wattage, which will in turn emit more EMF radiation.
For a small portable heater, I think this is probably one of the lowest EMF options on the market.
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This would be one of my top picks for a heater intended for a bit larger of a room. Now, to be clear, this heater will still emit a fairly large amount of EMF radiation. However, since it is intended for a larger room, you can have it farther away from where you are currently sitting and working. You can also wall mount it, which would allow it to be at maximum distance.
Like we talked about above, any space heater is going to emit radiation, but as long as you stay about 5 or so feet away, your exposure to it should be almost nothing.
Some other benefits of this fan are:
- It’s quiet, does not use a fan
- Has tip over protection
- Has overheat protection
- Easy and light to carry around
I’d like to note here that neither one of these EMF meters will emit NO EMF radiation, but these would be my top choices. The most important thing is to get a quality EMF meter (check next section) and measure the radiation for yourself. If you feel that it is too high, simply return it and try one of my recommendations, or another unit all together.
How To Measure EMF Radiation From A Space Heater
This is relatively simple, but it all starts with getting the right EMF meter. I have, and highly recommend, the TriField TF2 (read my review), which is the new version of their Trifield 100XE. It is a fantastic EMF meter that is simple to use, really accurate, and measures all kinds of EMF radiation (which is super important).
Once you have a quality EMF meter, I would start by setting the device to electric field radiation. Then, with the heater off, and unplugged, get a baseline reading near the device in case there is ambient radiation raising the levels. Then, plug the heater in and turn it on. Start about 10 feet away, and slowly approach the space heater unit, and take note as the radiation levels rise as you get closer. As you get very close, you should notice that it gets exponentially higher.
After you have a reading of the electric field radiation levels, then set the EMF meter to magnetic, and do the same process.
Tips To Reduce Radiation Exposure From Space Heater
Other than getting a good EMF meter to measure and test radiation, the best thing you can do is maintain distance from the heater itself. There aren’t many devices or products you can get that will reduce the radiation from something like a space heater. There are whole home EMF protection products that you can get, but I don’t personally believe they will do much to help.
If you maintain maximum distance, 5-10 feet from the heater, your exposure to radiation from that device itself will be very little.