How to choose the right heater for your home

How to choose the right heater for your home

Did you know central heating can be bad for your allergies?

While you’re heating system may take away moisture, it adds something else to your indoor air – allergens! During warmer months when heat isn’t necessary, your space heater or central heating system can be home to a variety of irritants including dust, dust mites, mould spores, insect parts, pet dander, and more. When your heater is turned on, these allergens are distributed throughout your indoor space, causing irritating allergy and asthma symptoms. Fortunately, there are ways to heat your home that do not make your allergies worse.

What can you do to combat this?

Allergy sufferers usually find that radiant oil heaters are the best choice for their home. Since these heaters give off radiant heat, they do not have built in fans that can spread dust and other allergens throughout the room. The absence of a fan also means that these heaters also function completely silently. Not only do these heaters not emit gases or particle matter, neither do they create extra moisture in the air, therefore helping to prevent mould growth. If you’re looking for a heater that will keep you warm without making you sneeze, choose one that’s oil-filled.

Allergies to radiant heaters are uncommon. Most people tolerate the gentle heat of electric heaters quite well and the heaters can easily be cleaned to remove any dust or build-up that accumulates during the off-season. The heaters are portable and can be placed near drafty areas for the best results. Known as hypoallergenic heaters, many people with sensitive respiratory systems find that electric heaters provide the most comfortable heating solution.

Most radiant oil heaters are freestanding units that resemble old-fashioned wall radiators. They typically have multiple heat settings, which can be up to 3000 watts, and the unit can be adjusted to give the appropriate amount of heat without using too much electricity. Since the heaters typically weigh around 15kgs, most also come with wheels to make them easier for anyone to move them from room to room.

Oil contained within a radiant oil heater does not act as a fuel, so it never needs to be replaced. Radiant oil heaters are powered by electricity, which heats the oil. After the oil reaches the desired temperature, which is determined by the chosen setting, the heater stops pulling electricity from the outlet. The warm oil then radiates heat into the room, while electricity is only used again when the oil falls below a certain temperature. Radiant oil heaters not only cut down on overall energy use, but they are considered safer than other forms of heating as the oil is permanently sealed within the heater.

Steam Cleaner Buying Guide

Steam Cleaner Buying Guide

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.

Allergens can lurk in the hardest to reach areas in your home, and the build-up of dust mites, pollen, pet dander and other irritants can often leave you feeling unwell. Whilst regular vacuuming can help to reduce allergen levels, a deeper clean can be more easily achieved with a steam cleaner.

Steam is an excellent alternative to using chemicals and cleaning products, making it 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 as steam is ‘dry’ 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, our Polti Vaporetto Lecoaspira range use a water-based filter capturing the smallest of allergens.

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.

Which surfaces can a steam cleaner be used on?

Steam cleaners can be used on:

Hard floors Ovens/Hobs Mattresses
Carpets BBQs Mirrors
Work Surfaces Upholstery Plants
Windows Taps/Sanitary ware Cars
Tiles/grouting Garments Garden Furniture

What accessories do I need?

Most steam cleaners will come with all you need for general cleaning jobs. But if you have specific needs more attachments are available separately such as:

• Cleaning Cotton Cloths and Socks – designed to collect dirt dislodged by steam.

• Squeegee – for cleaning windows or other glass surfaces.

• Shaped brushes – to access the most inaccessible areas of your home, corners etc.

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