The best heater to warm up your home this winter

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It’s time to take out the heater and get cozy. Photo credit: Getty

With a polar explosion sweeping across much of the country, it may be time to invest in a portable heater. Although it can be expensive to run, you can heat the room quickly and easily if you choose the right heater for your room size and position it well. But not all heaters are created equal. This is what you need to know before buying a heater.

Electric heaters

Though electric heaters Previously considered dangerous, today they have built-in safety functions. However, according to Choice, these heaters are responsible for 43% of all heater-related fires and 85% of associated deaths each year. So whenever you buy an electric heater, always be sure to buy a reputable brand. If you are buying a used heater, check that it has not been recalled at zurückrufs.gov.au.

Electric heaters don’t need ventilation as they don’t produce carbon monoxide, but they always leave a lot of space around them and don’t leave them on all night. There are several types of electric heaters; oil-filled column heating, radiant heating and convection and surface heating.

Oil-filled column heaters

These do not burn oil, but use electricity to heat the oil that is trapped in their pillars. Some don’t even contain oil, but other materials that work in the same way. They are ideal if you want to leave them on for a long time. Their surfaces don’t get as hot as other types of electric heaters, but because they rely on natural convection, it can take longer to heat a room than other types of heaters. If you want to move the heat around the room faster, try a ceiling fan at a very low speed so that it disperses the heat faster. The De’Longhi DL2401TF 2,400W oil column heater with fan, $ 164 is a great option.

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De'Longhi DL2401TF 2.400W oil column heater with fan

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Surface or convection heating

Surface heating systems are often thin and flat and can therefore also work well in small rooms. They suck in cold air through an electric heating element. A fan accelerates the distribution of heat and helps to heat rooms quickly and evenly. The fans can be loud, but turning them off can increase the heat – and your feet are cold! They are much lighter than oil-filled column heaters and heat up rooms very quickly. Some panel heaters can be expensive, but the Noirot Spot Plus 7358-5T 1,500W panel heater with timer, $ 399, is a good option and comes with a lifetime warranty too.

Noirot Spot Plus 7358-5T 1.500W surface heating with timershop

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Fan heater

Often referred to as “ceramic” heaters, these heaters are often smaller and more portable than other electric heaters. They are ideal for quickly heating rooms and should be a bit safer than other heating systems, since the ceramic cools down faster than metallic elements, which means that the risk of burns is lower. The $ 494 Dyson AM09 Hot + Cool fan heater performs well and looks great too.

Dyson AM09 Hot + Cool fan heater

Gas heaters

Gas heaters are ideal for heating large rooms quickly and inexpensively. Flue gas heating is a pipe that leads the exhaust gases to the outside so that the room is not filled with smoke. If you’re looking for a simpler, more portable alternative, check out gas heaters with zero exhaust. These are much more efficient than electric heaters, provide almost instantaneous heat, and are cheaper to run than electric heaters. However, it is illegal to use them in bedrooms, bathrooms, and other small or poorly ventilated spaces because of the emissions. Some other restrictions also apply, so always check with the dealer before buying. Whenever you buy a gas heater, you always buy a carbon monoxide alarm as well. The Rinnai Dynamo 15 convector heater, $ 1299, is a great option.

Rinnai Dynamo 15 convector heating

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