Winter is still well and truly upon us, and the extreme weather can leave anyone’s home feeling cold and uncomfortable. Whilst it’s tempting to whack the thermostat up to the highest setting, this can also send gas and electric bills sky high – not ideal for what feels like the longest month of the year. In order to stay warm and also keep bills relatively low, it may be a good idea to invest in a space heater, but what kind should you buy?
An electric element or coil heats the inside of the unit. The heat then rises out into the room and circulates – the surface area that can be warmed by the heater depends on the size. Convector heaters warm up quickly and are near silent, thanks to the natural ventilation of the warm air they do not require a fan to run. The majority of models are freestanding, and some even include a timer for convenience. Convector heaters are ideal for heating a whole room for a few hours or more.
We recommend: Igenix Convector Heater with 24 hour Timer - £37.99
Oil filled radiators are technically a form of convector heater, however rather than heating the air inside the unit, oil is heated, which in turn heats the air around the radiator. This type of heater is also near silent and are very safe to use, as there are no exposed heating elements. Oil filled radiators tend to remain warm for a while after the unit is switched off, making them perfect for use in bedrooms where you might not want to leave a heater on all night.
We recommend: Igenix Oil Filled Radiator - £54.99
Halogen heaters provide instant heat to a small area, which makes them perfect for heating a single person in a room (that one person who is always cold!). As a short-term solution, these heaters can be very cost effective, with some models running at just 3p an hour. They are also portable and can be carried from room to room to provide heat as and when required.
We recommend: Igenix 1.6kW Halogen Heater - £32.99
Fan heaters provide a directional shot of instant heat, perfect for either a small blast of warmth or for heating up a whole room. This type of heater is very affordable with low upfront costs, and not requiring much electricity to run makes them cost efficient in the long run. The heating element doesn’t get as hot as other types of heater, making them safer, and their portability means they can be carried from room to room if required. Whilst fan heaters can be louder than other heaters, they are still quiet enough to be used in small rooms as a short-term solution.
We recommend: Igenix Tower Fan Heater - £79.99
Panel heaters benefit from a flat design, making them an ideal space saving solution that can also be very stylish. This type of heater is suitable for heating smaller rooms, acting in the same way as a traditional radiator. Best used as a short-term solution, panel heaters offer silent operation and are often very affordable.
We recommend: Dimplex 0.4 Kw Steel Panel Heater - £54.99
Unlike traditional fireplaces, electric fires do not require a chimney or flue, which means you can add a rustic touch to any room in the home without difficulty. They are very safe to operate as the ‘fire’ is not real and no CO2 is produced – this in turn also makes them environmentally friendly. The size of the heater denotes the size of the room that can be heated, so check the kW rating of each model to see if it is suitable.
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Gas heaters are widely considered to provide the most comfortable heat, and are ideal for supplementing your house’s heating system. This type of heater provides instant heat and are suitable for larger rooms. Depending on the type of gas used to fuel these heaters, they can also be very cost effective.
We recommend: Igenix Gas Heater - £89.99