Types of heaters: how to choose a heater

You can beat the winter chill in any size space with one of the types of heaters available at Bunnings. You’ll find a great range of electric heaters, with different sizes and features to suit different rooms.

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.

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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.

Portable heater

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.

Heater safety

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.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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