May 24, 2022 - 4 min read
As the weather hits those cold temperatures, it’s time to consider what heating you have at home. The Good Guys have a great range of electric heaters that will provide you with the heat output you need to survive winter. From column heaters and ceramic heaters to the latest portable electric heaters and even electric blankets, we can help you warm up your family with the latest heaters for less.
There are a few types of electric heaters available, all with different features and benefits. We’ll break down the differences and provide you with a few suggestions too.
Convection and panel heaters work by warming the air in a room. They contain a heating element which is enclosed and a fan that blows out the warm air, so their price is generally on the more affordable side.
This Rinnai Panel Heater pumps out hot air quickly to warm up your small to medium size living spaces. Program it to start in the early morning for a nice welcome to the day.
The DeLonghi 2000W Convection Heater is portable and can be moved to where you need it the most. It can even be wall mounted and features a tip-over switch to provide you with peace of mind.
Convection and panel heaters are a safe choice for families because of their enclosed heating elements. They also don’t heat up too much so little fingers are generally safe around them. Both styles are a fast source of heat but they aren’t the most efficient style of heater. They are perfect for switching on to warm up a cold room, rather than having on all day to heat up your whole house.
Oil column heaters contain oil inside them that is heated. But don’t worry – the oil isn’t burned. It circulates around the fins, warming up the outer casing. Some new models don’t even contain oil, but work on a similar principal.
You can warm up where you work or beside the couch with the EWT Cocoon Oil Column heater. With 3 simple temperature settings, it takes the chill out of your home wherever you need it to.
This is the ideal style of heater to switch on for long periods of time. Cold nights will disappear with an oil column heater on all night, and they are relatively efficient in their power consumption.
Oil column heaters don’t contain an exposed heating element and their surface temperature is lower than other models which makes them safer for little fingers and pets. However, they do contain small amounts of oil so its recommended not to hang clothes or towels over them.
Ceramic heaters are a quick solution to heating a cold room. They feature a ceramic element within the unit which hot air passes by to warm up. A fan then pushes out the hot air quickly and evenly for a nice heat.
The Kambrook Personal Ceramic Heater allows you to focus hot air just where it is needed. It offers you simple temperature control and 2 heat settings so it’s easy to use.
Ceramic heaters are an ideal choice for looking after your loved ones. They are portable and lightweight, which makes them ideal for older relatives during a cold winter. Importantly, they contain safety features that switch off the unit if they tip over or before they overheat. They are also cool to touch and are a lower risk fire hazard.
If you love huddling close to a heater while watching TV or working from home, a radiant heater is for you. More a personal style of heater, the further away from the heater you are, the cooler it gets. But the warm cosy glow they give off is like sitting next to an open fire.
This Goldair Upright Radiant Heater is perfect for your next binge session on the couch. Instant heat and 3 variable settings mean that it is a great, quick source of heat.
Radiant heaters are designed to heat right next to where you place them. Working from home in your study down the hall? This is the heater for you. They are relatively inexpensive and many models can be wall mounted for your convenience.
Then most popular benefit is the type of heat they produce. Think of sitting next to an open fireplace. That warming glow can’t be beaten!
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If you have limited space, or simply want to heat a single room, these are the heaters for you.
The DeLonghi Electric Ceramic Tower is always ready to heat your cold rooms at home in style. Ideal for personal use, select the heat level that’s right for you with three heat settings that will evenly heat your space and maintain your desired temperature with no fuss.
The Kambrook 2000W Ceramic Tower Heater helps you to target warm air wherever you need it. You can crank the heat with the timer for a warm burst, knowing that because it is energy efficient, you won’t be burning dollars in your wallet at the same time.
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Whether you choose to use this as a portable heater or mount it to a wall, the DeLonghi 2200W Panel Heater has got you and your family covered on the cold winter nights. A simple to use heater, it features a 24 hr timer, 3 heat settings and an Eco Plus function that controls the amount of power that it uses.
Circle heat gently, efficiently and quietly with the patented technology of the Noirot Panel Heater. It doesn’t feature a fan so it is silent compared with most other heaters, also making it asthma and allergy friendly by not sending dust particles into the air. Whether you wall-mount it or wheel it from room to room, your family will love the even heat it provides you.
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Take the warmth with you wherever you go with the Kambrook Upright Fan Heater. With an oscillating design, it can warm up where you’re sitting with an even spread of heat. Even campers will love this unit to warm up the caravan on a cold camping night.
For the ultimate warm style statement, the Dyson Pure Hot+Cold Fan Heater can’t be beat. It’s White/ silver design is what you’d expect from a high-end Dyson product, as it offers you a strong cooling or heating performance all year round. With a safe, bladeless design, it’s the most elegant way to stay warm this winter.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing your next electric heater.
Small enclosed spaces are perfect for electric heaters, anything up to 40 square metres. They will work efficiently and quickly to heat rooms such as a bathroom, bedroom or loungeroom that isn’t open to the rest of the house. Larger rooms require a more efficient heater such as a gas heater.
The heat output you require from an electric heater depends on the size of the room you want to heat. A 1000W heater is fine for small rooms measuring about 10 square metres. Larger rooms require an electric heater that provides 1500-2000W of power.
Many modern electric heaters feature a 24hr timer, that switches the unit on and off when needed. It’s the perfect feature to warm up your house in the morning before you wake up, or for keeping a bedroom warm on a cold winter night.
The costs vary between the styles of heater and how much they cost to run. Generally under normal working conditions, an oil column heater is the cheapest style of electric heater to run. They are followed by panel heaters and then lastly fan heaters.
The running costs reflect the standard prices of the units as well, where fan heaters are generally the least expensive option to purchase.
In terms of energy efficiency, there isn’t a noticeable difference between the different styles of electric heater.
Something to keep in mind is that if you have a ceiling fan in the room that you’re heating, switching it to ‘winter’ mode and having it on while you heat will help you to distribute the warm air evenly throughout your home.
Most electric heaters feature safety settings that also provide you with peace of mind. Look for some of the following:
Energy efficiency is important in an appliance that can be used for months on end. As a general rule, ceramic heaters hold their heat better than metal ones. Heaters with fans are more effective than ones without fans.
Whilst it differs between different brands and model, oil column electric heaters are the most energy efficient. Their radiant heat style uses less power, and is delightful to sit next to on a cold winter night.