How To Buy The Best Electric Heater For Your Home

How To Buy The Best Electric Heater For Your Home

The nights are on the turn and if you’re fed up with feeling cold indoors, then a heater could be the ideal solution. But with so much choice available what room heater is best for your home?

Whether you’re to keep your bedroom or conservatory cosy, or trying to warm up the office, we will take you through all the variety of heaters we have on offer that will take you from chilly to cosy1.

What kind of room heater should you use?

Convector heater

This type of heater is useful to heat up a whole room for a few hours or more. They work by warming the air next to the heater which will then circulate around the room. They are a good choice for those who need an additionally heating source to keep a room warm for a few hours. You can get a variety of convector heaters from electric, gas to oil filled radiators. They can also come with thermostats and timers so you can choose how long to keep the heat on and set an ideal temperature so you don’t get too warm.

Radiant & Fan Heaters

To quickly heat a room radiant and fan heaters are the best option. These heaters work fast and ideally work best to heat up a room in a short period. Often they don’t have thermostats or timers which can make this a more expensive option over time. Halogen heaters, electric bar fires, open gas fires and bottled gas fires are forms of radiant heaters2.

Portable Heaters Explained

Portable fan heaters

Ideal for heating a room up quickly. They’re usually lightweight and portable and easy to set up.

Convector portable heaters

This type of heater will heat up quickly, they are usually tall, thin and light so can be moved from room to room with ease.

Oil-filled portable heater

These heaters can be heavy and slow to heat up but they are cheap to run. They can be on the larger side and can be hard to move but look out for models that have wheels that will help them be more portable 3.

Where do I put my heater to get the most out of it?

This all depends on the model of heater you have. Fan heaters need an inflow of air in order to heat it up if the vents are on the back avoid placing it against a wall instead turn the vent outwards towards the room. For an oil heater, you place it in the middle of the room until the room has heated up. Convector heaters can be used anywhere in a room.

Discover our range of heaters for your home here.

 

 

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Why clean with steam?

Steam is extremely powerful when used to clean. Heating up to 120°C, the ‘dry steam’ produced by steam cleaners cuts through grease and grime, whilst also killing dust mites and bacteria. Steam is an excellent alternative to using chemicals and cleaning products to clean your home. It is both a hygienic, allergy-friendly and eco-friendly way of cleansing your home. What’s more, your steam cleaner can be used to clean a multitude of surfaces, from carpets and upholstery to tiles, windows, hard surface floors and more. Steam cleaning can also reduce your cleaning schedule drastically. The amount of effort required or “scrubbing power” is lessened with the powerful steam and there’s no drying time required for floors and surfaces.

Key points to look out for?

Steam cleaners come in a range of shapes and sizes, depending on the main purpose of your steamer there are four main points to consider:

Heat up Time

This is the length of time needed to convert the water in the water tank into steam and can range from 20 seconds to over a minute.

Steam Time

This is the amount of steaming time you will have from one full tank of water. Steam time can last from 10 minutes to up to an hour, depending on the capacity of the water tank.

Water Tank Capacity

Larger water tanks will take longer to heat up but will offer a longer steam time for extensive cleaning. If you’d rather use your machine little and often a smaller tank with a quicker heat up time might be better.

Power

Most steam cleaners range from a 900-1500 watt range. The higher the wattage, the greater the cleaning power. For smaller jobs, a 900-watt machine may suffice, but to remove tougher grease stains, or caked on dirt, a more heavy duty power will be needed.

What are the different types of steam cleaners?

Much like vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners are available in cylinder, upright or handheld styles. Some steam cleaners also offer a vacuuming function.

Upright steam cleaners

Often referred to as steam mops, these upright steamers have a small water tank attached to the handle, heat up quickly and are lightweight to use. The smaller water tank means that they are ideal for quick and regular cleaning of smaller areas.

Cylinder steam cleaners

These tend to have a larger water tank, and whilst this means a longer heat up time, you will get the benefit of more steam time allowing for longer, more extensive cleaning of larger areas.

Handheld steam cleaners

With very small water tanks, handheld steam cleaners are perfect for quick use. They are very easy to use, compact to store, and ideal for use on a small scale.

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