4 Crucial Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Heater for your Home (How to choose an Electric Heater)

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There are 4 important questions to ask before you buy a Heater for your Home. Here are they;

  1. What type of Heaters or Heating Systems are available on the Market?
  2. Which heater should I buy for personal heating, and which for room heating?
  3. Which of these Room heaters, will save money?
  4. How do I make the best choice for the Best price? 

Let’s dive in,

Question 1. What Type of Heaters or Heating Systems are available?

There are two main options in the United Kingdom.

  • Gas Central Heating.
  • Electric Room heating.

(other minor options include, Storage, immersion, LPG, Oil central, renewable and Electric Central Heating)

Gas Central heating is heating for your entire property. Here you can control the temperature, use a timer and control heating in different areas of the home at once. This provides the best options to warm up the home at once.

Electric heaters, on the other hand, are plugged into a mains electric socket. They heat up the room, or space they are located in only. This is the reason why they are called space, or room heaters. There are four types;

  1. The Halogen or radiant Heater
  2. The Fan heater
  3. The Radiator heater
  4. The Convection heater

Halogen Heaters

Halogen Heaters like the Douhe Portable Space Heater are mobile, highly durable, affordable, and eco-friendly heaters. They use electricity supply to create a hot radiating heat source, which is pushed out by internal blowers.

Douhe Portable Space Heater

They are great at focal heating, which means they can heat the area they are facing, quickly through radiation. Halogen heater like the PROLECTRIX COMBO-5277 heats an object in close proximity. In other words, the halogen heater mostly focuses on the object in front of it.

PROLECTRIX COMBO

It warms the air around your object quickly and effectively. In other words, they are a great source of heat for a small area, but not ideal for an entire room.

Fan Heaters

The fan heater like the Pro Breeze® 2000W Mini Ceramic Fan Heater work by passing air over a hot source. This creates and an immediate source of heat, but like any fan, they create audible noise. They are usually less expensive than other heaters, due to their simple construction.

Special Fan Heaters- The electric fireplace

The emergence of the electric fireplace like the Endeavour Fires Castleton and electric stove like the VonHaus Electric Fireplace Stove has given the fan heater a re-invention of a kind.

Endeavour Fires Castleton

VonHaus Electric Fireplace Stove

This visually appealing type of fan heater now comes as a virtual fireplace. It is created to have a stunning flame effect and imitate a real fire without the cleaning and risk associated with having a real fire.

These electric fireplaces work like regular fan heaters but are best for occasional heating. They also greatly improve your home Interior design and ambiance.

Convection heater

There are two main types of this heater
1. Convector Heaters
2. Panel heaters

Convector heaters can either be wall-mounted like Wärme Designer WiFi Electric or free-standing like the Oypla Electrical.

Wärme Designer WiFi Electric

Oypla Electrica

They provide a quick and highly controllable method of heating areas such as the bedrooms, conservatories, lofts, and garages.

It works by sucking the air from a room, and then it heats it in a central chamber and blows the heated air back into the room.

The lightweight and easy to use Convector heaters circulate heat better, quieter and for much longer, than fan heaters.

The convector heater, is always a great cost-effective option, for heating your room.

While Panel heater like the Futura Eco is Designed for smaller rooms (like the bathroom) requiring low-level background heat. They are slim, space-saving and have a low running cost.

Futura Eco

Their unobtrusive size makes them also useful in bars, restaurants, clubs, and hotels.

Radiator Heaters

It also has two types which are;
1. Oil-filled radiator and
2. Oil-free radiator 

The Oil-filled ones like VonHaus Oil Filled Radiator are completely silent economical heaters filled with synthetic oil, that heat up to produce heating for large-sized rooms.

VonHaus Oil Filled Radiator

It takes a much longer time, than a fan or convector heaters, to warm a room, but is far better at sustaining the heat.

When the oil is warmed up, electricity consumption stops, and the oil retains heat for a long time.

The oil-free ones like the Dimplex CDE3ECC 3KW Oil Free Radiator have unique oil-free, environmentally-friendly heating technology that heats up a room quicker, and more efficiently than traditional oil filled radiators but not as energy efficient.

Dimplex CDE3ECC 3KW Oil Free Radiator

These have similar attributes with the oil-filled radiator, however, they warm up the room faster, are lighter and easier to move around because they are oil-free, but on the other hand they are less energy efficient because the oil-filled have improved ability to hold heat in a room because of the synthetic oil that retains the heat.

QUESTION 2: Which heater should I buy for personal heating, and which for room heating?

Halogen heaters like Pifco Portable Halogen Heater are suitable for localised or personal heating. People who buy it for room heating, are often disappointed. This is because it works best by focusing on the item right in front of it.

Pifco Portable Halogen Heater

General Fan heaters, Fan stoves, and fireplaces can provide a fast immediate source of heat. They work best as either personal heaters or for heating a small room. They can also heat up a part of a large room quickly and effectively.

Convector heaters are cost-effective and great for small, medium and large-sized rooms. These heaters do provide good sustainable heat.

While radiators; both oil-free and oil-filled heater do a great job at heating up a large room. It’s important to note that an advantage of oil-free radiator heaters over oil-filled is that there is no risk of oil leaking.

Rule to Heating a Room

The general rule to heating a room that is well insulated is you need 10 watts for every 1 square meter. This means you need 1200 watts to heat a room of 120 square meters.

And if the room ceiling is above 8 feet, you need an extra 25 percent wattage for every 2 feet extra ceiling height.

Meaning energy needed for the same 120 square meter room with a 10 feet high ceiling is 1500 watts.

Question 3: Which of these Room heaters will save money?

To answer this question, it’s important to note that most electric heaters are actually percent efficient. This means if you pay for 1 kilowatt of electricity, you get 1 kilowatt of heat transferred into the room.

Let’s say you have a fan heater with 1000 watt energy output. This heater would consume the same amount of energy as a radiator or convector heater. 

This leads us to the conclusion that despite the different ways they work, they all consume the same amount of electricity at a go.

To save money, your heater needs a thermostat, a timer, and a simple energy-saving trick.

A thermostat in general terms helps to keep your room at your desired temperature. It does this by allowing the heater to heat up the room to the temperature you set. When the room reaches the desired temperature it turns the heater off or reduces heating. It then kicks it back on when the temperature falls below your set temperature.this makes a heater with a thermostat a great energy-saving choice.

When it comes to the timer, it means you pick times of the day when the heater comes on. This would go a long way in saving you cost over time, especially when at work.

Great choices with thermostats and timers include 

Pro Breeze 2000W Oil Filled Radiator

Lastly the Simple Trick. This trick works best on days you are home all day and need to keep the energy use low. The trick is to keep your heater on all day but at a low level. This only works after you have initially heated the room to the desired level. Then you apply the Trick, it actually helps save energy use.

Question 4: How do I make the best choice?

Now that you know what the different heaters available, the first thing is to look at your needs, budget, and space.

Secondly, use the above steps to determine the room heater that best fits those needs.

Thirdly, Use Other customer reviews to guide you on a final choice after deciding on the type, or types of heater you need. Look at what customers have to say about its performance because that’s how you really know how reliable a heater is.

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