Five things to consider when buying a portable heater
Portable heaters are great for keeping the chill off a room in the warmer seasons when it's not quite cold enough to put on your heating, or are ideal to use in a pinch if your heating starts playing up in the depths of winter. But considering what type of heater to purchase can quickly become overwhelming. This handy guide will help eliminate the jargon and help you decide what heater is best for you and your family.
1. Where are you going to use it?
Where you are planning on using your portable heater will determine which type to purchase. For example, if you intend to use it in a garage or workshop, you will require a robust metal casing and dust filters like those incorporated in the Twin Turbo; for caravans, a compact heater like the Eco Chico is ideal. If you’re after a heater for general use in living areas, you have a wide choice of all around heaters: fan and ceramic, convectors, radiators and slimline heaters.
2. What type of heat do you want?
There are two main types of heat produced from portable heaters: radiant and convected. Radiant heaters create rays of energy that convert to heat once it hits and is absorbed by the body or object, similar to the warmth you feel from the sun, whereas convector heaters heat up the air around you and push it out into the room. The optimum heat type for human comfort is actually a blend of 80% convected and 20% radiant heat, so look for a heater that features a mixture of both technologies like our range of oil free eco portable radiators.
3. What types of heaters are there?
5. What controls would you like?
With such a variety of heater styles comes a wide choice of control options. Some models come with simple on/off controls, wheras others feature Bluetooth enabling you to control your heater from your smartphone or tablet using our Dimplex Remo app. Another option many people find useful is the 24-hour timer control, which allows you to set when your heater comes on and off over a 24 hour period.
Many of our electric heaters also feature 'thermostatic controls' which means the heater will stop operating when the desired temperature is reached and will cycle on and off to maintain the set temperature. This ensures you are not wasting energy and the heater will run more efficiently.