Convection heater or radiant heater
When it comes to heaters, there are two types of heat they can generate—it’s either warming you or warming the room.
Radiant heaters will warm you quickly, but they won’t warm the rest of the room as well. Convection heaters will warm the whole room slowly, so it’s important to have a well-insulated and draught free room.
The right amount of heat
While rooms and heaters come in different sizes, it’s generally agreed that a 1kW or 1000W heater will comfortably heat about seven square meters.
To ensure you get the right size heater for your room, measure the floor space in square metres, then divide it by seven to work out how many kW you need. Then check that number against the power rating when you’re choosing your heater.
Reverse cycle heater
Many air conditioners are available as reverse cycle heaters, which makes them more economical because you can use them all year round. They provide a lovely warming convection heat and are best for large spaces.
Air conditioners can provide 8kW of heating capacity. That should keep you pretty comfortable in a room up to 35 square meters in size.
For smaller rooms, or when you want to heat a specific location, a portable heater is a good choice. They’re available in both convection and radiant heat, so it’s a good idea to decide which type of heat you prefer, before you choose your heater.
Fan heaters can also be ideal for the bathroom as they’re small enough to be stored away in a cupboard when you’re not using them.
Convection heaters are popular in bedrooms and lounge rooms for their silent, embracing heat. You can set your preferred temperature with the thermostat and the timer will make sure you never forget to turn it off.
All portable heaters are fitted with a tilt switch which shuts them off immediately if they are knocked over. We recommend that you never leave a heater unattended, particularly when young children and pets are around.