Winter will soon be here and after a typical British summer of unpredictable showers and scorching heat waves, homeowners and tenants everywhere will be looking for a bit of consistency when it comes to heating their home. But if you are considering investing in a portable domestic heater to cut your gas bill, which type should you go for to heat things up during the cooler months?
We’re here to take you through the portable heating options you can utilise to keep things toasty this winter…
Oil Filled Radiators
This heating appliance is already an extremely popular choice in households across the UK and this winter will be no exception. Oil filled radiators are sealed domestic heating units that are powered by oil, this oil is heated and the appliance releases heat over time to create a reliable heat source. As well as retaining heat over a prolonged period of time, oil filled radiators run silently due to the fact that they have no need for a fan, so are the perfect additions to bedrooms.
Oil filled radiators are available with different heat outputs and homeowners can use their programmable thermostats to set and maintain a steady temperature. Many models also come with timers, which can be used to control temperature at any point of the day. Oil filled radiators can either be wall-mounted or free-standing, and whilst they are a particularly heavy heating option, their durability means they will last for many winters to come!
The fan heater on the other hand provides a quick blast of air to heat a room, whilst some models move from side to side to spread these blasts of hot air evenly throughout the room. Again they are available as a wall-mounted or free-standing product. However, fan devices are prone to overheating and can often cut out if they are accidently covered or left on for too long. Many models have timers to avoid this scenario, and are available in different outputs and with remote controls to suit your heating needs and for ease of operation.
This type of heater uses the natural convection of hot air rising to heat rooms. The convector heater actually has holes in the bottom of the model which draw in cool air, this air is then heated using its wire elements and expelled through holes are the top of the heater. Convector heaters are particularly lightweight so can be easily moved around the home to heat different rooms. Some convector models also use fans to enhance the volume of air flow and heat a room more rapidly.
This powerful alternative is often used to heat larger rooms like the infrared-powered radiant heaters. Space heaters use electrical elements to heat large volumes of air, which is then expelled through a wide opening. The space heater tends to heat a room steadily and has a much larger output than smaller fan heaters, which are only designed for domestic use in smaller properties.
Martin Davies is an avid home improvement blogger, by day, he works for the Air and Water Centre, the UK’s leading supplier of humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air curtains and desiccants.