1. Electric Vs Gas
Your first consideration is likely to be whether to opt for an electric or gas heater, with both types having their own unique benefits.
- Better for enclosed areas
- Cheaper purchase price
- More energy efficient
- Less noisy
- Usually cheaper to run
- Do not require an electrical outlet
- Works during power outages
- More portable
2. Heating Elements
There are four main types of heating element available for electric heaters: quartz, column heaters, ceramic and fan heaters.
Using a ceramic heating element, these appliances generate heat from a wider area than quartz models. They can also be quite thin, enabling you to mount them on walls.
Fan Heaters are seen as a personal heater that works by using a fan to pass air through a heat source, which heats up the air passing through to heat the surrounding area.
3. Additional Features
- Tilt-safety switch in case the unit is knocked over
- Fan for better distribution of air
- Overheat shut-off mechanism
- Oxygen depletion safety device (gas heaters)
- Flame failure shut-off (gas heaters)
- Oscillation – turns from side to side for better heat distribution
- Air filter
4. Control Settings
More expensive models will tend to have electronic controls and displays, with a range of automated programs. For instance, some heaters are controlled thermostatically, which means they measure the room temperature and switch the unit off and on when necessary. There are also programmable timers that allow you to choose what times of the day you would like the heater to function.