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Heater Buyer Guide

Eliminate cold air indoors with a room heater. Take your pick from an assortment of models that are suitable for small rooms and large spaces alike.

In this guide, you'll be introduced to:

  • The different types of heaters available, ranging from radiant heaters to ceramic heaters and non-electric models
  • The important features to consider when choosing a heater
  • The safety concerns to note when using a heater



Heater

Types of Heater

Bring home a heater that is perfect according to the space, budget, and has all the features required to keep you comfortable during the chilly season.

Room Heater
Room/Radiant Heater
Room Heater
Fan Heater
Fan Heater
Oil Heater
Oil HeaterMicathermic Heater Micathermic HeaterCeramic Heater Non-Electric Heater
Non-Electric Heater
Heating Method Conduction Convection Conduction Conduction/
Convection
Convection Convection/
Conduction
Suitable for
  • Small rooms
  • Warming up one or two people
Large rooms, home offices, and large office spaces Spaces where heater is required for longer period of time Medium-size rooms Small to medium-sized rooms Small rooms
Additional Information
  • Available in tower or box models
  • Energy efficient
  • Silent operation
  • Noisy operation
  • Fitted with powerful fans
  • Have heat regulators and auto cut-off systems
  • Highly energy-efficient unit
  • No refilling required for oil present in fins
  • Silent operation
  • Fitted with Mica and nickel alloy plates
  • Ceramic or aluminium used for heating
  • Silent operation
  • Fuelled with Kerosene or natural gas
  • Work without electricity
  • Cost efficient
Heating Capacity
  • Small-range heating
  • Unable to heat up within a short span of time
  • Rapid heating process
  • Heats up a space within a short span of time
  • Heat is transferred through natural air circulation method
  • Ideal for spot heating
Spot heating for a small space Heats up quickly Often used for spot heating
Safety Concerns Exposed heating element may lead to fire Unit overheats Unit becomes hot Warm to touch Stay cool throughout the process Requires a well ventilated space

Features to Consider

One needs to be aware about all the useful features to make the right decision. Some of the features to consider are as follows:


Automatic Shut-off

Automatic Shut-off


  • Shuts down the heater in case of overheating, tripping, and touching of protective grill
  • Offers protection against fire hazards for valuables and little children

Power Cord Length

Power Cord Length


  • Opt for a long cord
  • A long power cord for easy placement of the heater
  • Should be insulated properly
  • Material used should be ISI certified
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Handle


  • Check for insulated handles
  • Useful when shifting a warm heater to another place

Wattage

Wattage


  • Ensure that the heater is energy efficient
  • Heaters with high wattage yield more heat

Thermostat

Thermostat


  • To maintain adequate temperature in a room
  • Helps in keeping a track of the temperature
  • Aids in conserving energy

Wattage

Timer


  • Allows user to set automatic power-off time
  • Essential for night time

Capacity Rating

Capacity Rating


  • Heaters with more fins have a higher heating capacity as they increase surface area
  • Check the adequate amount of space it can heat

Remote Control

Remote Control

User can adjust the heater settings


Safety Concerns


When in use, these heaters emit intense heat which can sometimes lead to overheating of space or can even lead to fire. Following tips will help in avoiding any mishap:

  • Keep Away from Inflammable Items:

    i) Make sure that all the flammable items are kept at a safe distance
    ii) Items such as clothing, furniture pieces and curtains must be kept three feet away
    iii) Never use a heater near inflammable liquids and aerosol cans
  • Do not Leave it Unattended:

    i) Always switch off a heater before leaving the room
    ii) Never leave a unit unattended in case of pets or children
    iii) Don't use space heaters in children's rooms
  • Place it on a Flat Surface:

    i) Always opt for a flat surface to ensure that the unit doesn't trip
    ii) If placing on a table top, ensure that the heater is designed for the same
    iii) Avoid using in bathrooms, laundry rooms, or related areas
  • No Extension Cords:

    i) Always plug the heater directly into the outlet
    ii) An extension cord may lead to a short circuit
  • Wires Must be Visible:

    i) Heater wires must be always above the rugs and carpets
  • Open Vents:

    i) Make sure that the vents are always clear of obstruction
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