If you are looking for the best space heaters for large rooms, then here you can read about the latest products and besides that you will learn also what are the different types of space heaters, what are the positive and negative things for different heaters, the different ways of powering the space heaters and also is included the buying guide with safety tips.
Here Are The Best Space Heaters for Large Rooms
1. Mr. Heater 30,000 BTU Natural Gas Heater MHVFB30NGT
Our Rating: 9.3/10
Overview: If you live in an area where there is often a power outage and you need a powerful space heater to heat a large room, I recommend taking a look at Mr. Heater 30,000 BTU Natural Gas Heater MHVFB30NGT.
This heater, unlike other models on this list that use electricity or kerosene as fuel, uses natural gas. Because Mr. Heater MHVFB30NGT runs on natural gas; it does not need to be plugged into an electrical outlet. This heater is capable of delivering 30,000 BTUs of heat which is more than enough to heat up to 750 square feet. The heater can be placed on the floor or mounted on a wall.
The Mr. Heater MHVFB30NGT uses a blue flame for air heating. It also has built-in ODS technology that, if there is a critical reduction of oxygen in your room, the heater will automatically shut off which means it ensures safety when you use it.
It has a built-in thermostat with markings of 1 to 5 where you can set your desired temperature between 60 F (about 15.5 C) and 118.4 F (48 C).
The nice thing about this heater is that it has an electronic igniter to start the pilot on. Also, the pilot is standing and if you want to turn it off you will have to manually do this by switching the knob to 0.
Also, this is a standing pilot and if you want to turn it off you will have to do this manually by switching the dial knob to 0. But you should know that this space heater cannot be turned into propane and cannot be used at altitudes above 4500 feet.
What We Like
- 30, 000 BTU heating power
- Blue flame
- A choice to mounted on the wall or to be placed on the floor
- It is CSA certifie
What We Don't Like
- It doesn’t come with a fan
- The heater cannot be used in a bathroom and bedroom due to carbon monoxide release.
- You cannot convert it to propane
2. Dr. Infrared Space Heater Review – Best Electric Heater
Company: DR. Infrared
Our Rating: 9.2/10
Overview: Dr. Heater Infrared space heater is one of those space heaters that can quickly heat up any type of room in your home with less usage of electricity. This is made possible by the built-in dual heating system technology, which consists of infrared and convection type of heating. It features a 7-inch air blower that is able to deliver the warm air through the room with less noise.
Especially, Dr. Heater Infrared is ideal for those who have pets or children, because of its ability to don’t get too hot from the outside after working many hours. You no longer have to worry about your children or pets being burned if they play around near the heater. Besides its great heating ability, this space heater also can humidify the air in the room thanks to the built-in humidifier.
Also, I want to mention this space heater is certified as a high safety product by Underwriter Labs (UL) in Canada and the US. The heater features with tip-over protection as well as overheating protection.
It is also highly energy-efficient as advertised by the manufacturer the heater can deliver 60% more heat than the other 1500 watt space heaters. It offers three heat settings: High with the usage of 1500 watts, Low of 1000 watts and auto-saving mode. With the auto-saving mode, you can set the heater to maintain any temperature you choose from 50F (10 Celsius) to 86F (30 Celsius).
The heater has with wheels which gives great portability to the heater. Moreover, it comes with an IR remote control which allows you to operate the heater from a distance.
What We Like
- It comes with an IR remote control for better controlling the heater
- Three heating modes including High, Low and Auto-saving mode
- Great Portability thanks to its wheels
- It comes with an air humidifier
- A few safety features including overheat protection and tip-over protection
- Small dimensions: 13 inches depth, 11 inches width and 16 inches height
- Its dual heating system technology of infrared and convection
- The 7-inch high-efficient air blower
What We Don't Like
- It cannot be mounted on a wall
- The price is a bit more than average
3. e-Flame USA Regal Free Standing Electric Fireplace EF-FS2213B
Our Rating: 9.4/10
Overview: Here we have a stunning freestanding fireplace model made by the renowned American brand e-Flame USA and that is the e-Flame USA Regal Free Standing Electric Fireplace. It has a really beautiful and compact design so wherever you place it will attract your attention with its look.
Its height is 25 inches; it is 22.5 inches wide and 12.5 inches in length. This 1500 watt heater will be the perfect choice if you need to warm a large room with a high ceiling. You will get the best heating performance in rooms up to 400 square feet.
Heated air is effectively and evenly delivered to your room thanks to a built-in fan that is very quiet at work. The heater also has fan settings that allow you to select the required fan mode.
In addition to the stunning design, this electric fireplace incorporates realistic fires and logs that enhance the visual ambiance of your room. Even more interesting about this fireplace is that you can use the light effects of fire without turning on the heating. All of this will make you feel like you’re sitting in front of a real fireplace.
For added security, the device has a safety mesh that helps no one gets burn when the electric fireplace is in use, especially when children and pets play around. Also of great importance is that the surface of the device always remains cold to the touch no matter how long the fireplace operates. The device will automatically shut off if it is moved or accidentally pushed to the floor.
Because the warm air comes from the bottom of this electric fireplace, for safety reasons it is advisable not to place it on the carpet.
What We Like
- This is a quiet electric fireplace
- The ambiance
- The heated air comes out from the bottom of the heater
- Thermostat settings
- Visual effect settings
- 6 feet power cord
What We Don't Like
- The price
- It has plastic legs
4. LifeSmart 6 Element Infrared Heater for Large RoomCompany: LifeSmart Price: $$$$ Our Rating: 9/10 Overview: By using the LifeSmart 6 Element infrared space heater you will be surprised how quickly it can warm an entire room. No matter if you are using it for a medium or large room, the heater will always without problem warm the room you are in by using advanced infrared technology, making you feel comfortable and warm during the cold days. This simple and stylish infrared heater comes in a black or gray finish and it will fit nicely into the interior of your home. Firstly to mention, it comes with a remote control that will allow you conveniently from anywhere to change the settings of this space heater or you can control the heater from its control panel that is located in front of this unit. In order easily to control the temperature in your room you are offered 3 heating modes including the ECO mode, 12-hour turn on/off feature and a digital thermostat. Besides, the ability to produce a large amount of heat in a very short time, you will be also surprised that this model is characterized by its very quiet operation which is a perfect solution for heating your living room and bedroom. For those who don’t want to be disturbed at night by having night lights around, should know that this heater as an infrared model produces some light when it operates. So, if you are one of those, then you should look for an oil-filled convective heater. One more thing I need to mention, the LifeSmart 6 Element heater comes with a washable filter.
What We Like
- The heater keeps moist in the air
- Ability quickly to heat large spaces
- Remote control along with LED screen
- While the heater operates it remains cool to the touch
- It is an energy-efficient model
What We Don't Like
- It doesn’t come with wheels
5. Lifesmart Large Room Infrared Quartz Fireplace
Our Rating: 9/10
Overview: The Lifesmart Large Room Infrared Quartz Fireplace is designed to satisfy people who need a great quality heating and reliable device that has the capability to heat large areas of up to 1000 square feet and at the same time to offer realistic flame effects.
This electric fireplace belongs to the group of the best infrared space heaters for large rooms. It is designed especially for zone heating in a house. If you only need to heat specific areas of your home instead of the whole house, this heater can provide that. The device has a great portability thanks to its caster wheels, so you can easily move it wherever you need it.
The fireplace gives you the ability to adjust the brightness and the level of the intensity of the flames. For this purpose, you are offered 3 different settings so you can set the flames to change the ambiance in your room depending on your mood.
With the fireplace comes a remote control that is expected for a high-quality device like this. With the remote control, you can control the 12-hour timer to set the heater to work for a given period of time and after that time the heater will automatically turn off, which is perfect for your bedroom. Additionally, you can set the heater to maintain your desired temperature. Moreover, you do not have to worry about the air in your room becoming dry due to the use of the infrared fireplace, as this device does not dry the air at all.
With dimensions of 28 inches length, 11 inches width and 20 inches high and its 40 pounds weight, this is one of the heavier electric infrared fireplaces. Its weight drastically affects the portability of this unit which is one of its disadvantages.
What We Like
- It has a remote control for easier controlling from a distance
- The infrared heating technology that gives the ability to this electric fireplace quickly and efficiently to heat large spaces
- The heater does not dry the air in your room so you do not need to buy additionally an air humidifier
- Programmable 12-hour timer feature
- You can use the flame effect with or without the heating element
- 3 heat options with ECO mode
What We Don't Like
- This electric fireplace is pretty heavy compared with other electric fireplaces in the same category
- The fan of the heater is a bit noisy
6. Sengoku CV-2230 KeroHeat Convection 23,000-BTU Portable Kerosene Heater
Our Rating: 9/10
Overview: The next space heater on our list as one of the best large space heaters comes from brand Sengoku, and that is the model Sengoku CV-2230 KeroHeat Convection Kerosene Heater. As you can see from the name of this heater it is a heater that uses kerosene instead of electricity to heat the rooms.
It has an unusual design that weighs 15 pounds (about 6.8 kg) with dimensions of 19 inches in length, 18 inches in width and 22 inches in height. It also has a built-in handle so you can easily move the heater anywhere in your home. This heater has a tank of 1.9 gallons of kerosene which should be sufficient for smooth operation up to a maximum of 12 hours.
You can easily remove the tank to refill it again with kerosene when it empties. The heater has a symphonic pump and uses K1-type kerosene as a fuel, which is odorless. To better distribute the warm air, the heater has a fan that will need a pair of D-type batteries to make it run. You should know that before using the heater at home, you must first allow it to work outside for some time because it emits a slight odor at first use.
Otherwise, you can simply start the heater by pressing a button. For safe use, this device also has the automatic shutdown feature if accidentally pushed to the floor. There’s also a safety grille around it, which protects you from accidentally touching some of the hot parts of the heater.
Otherwise, the Sengoku CV-2230 KeroHeat Convection Portable Kerosene Heater is designed to quickly heat large rooms up to 1000 feet. This is an economical device that is ideal for use in very cold areas where electricity is not always reliable.
When you use this type of heater you must have installed carbon monoxide detectors in your house.
What We Like
- Heating Capabilities: This heater is capable to deliver 23000 BTUs heat that is more than enough for heating large areas up to 1000 square feet.
- It doesn’t use electricity: the heater is a great solution for emergencies when it comes to an issue with electricity in your house.
- Automatic Shut-Off: In case the level of oxygen gets low in your room the heater will automatically shut off.
What We Don't Like
- The heater emits some odor that is not recommended for people who are sensitive
- When you use this heater, you need to have good ventilation in your room.
- You need to install a carbon monoxide
7. DeLonghi TRD40615T Full Room Radiant Heater
Our Rating: 9/10
Overview: Here we have another model from the well-known company Delonghi and that is the DeLonghi TRD40651T Full Room Radiant Heater. If you prefer an oil-filled radiator space heater for a large room then you should consider this model. The heater is able to produce a radiant as well as convective heat.
Thanks to its design, the radiant surface is increased by 40% along with the specifically patented thermal chimneys; the heater can provide fast and steady heat for large spaces.
Characteristically about this heater is its permanently sealed oil called Dragon 4 and the beauty about this unit is that you never going to need to refill with oil again and the heater requires very little maintenance.
In fact, the main role of the thermal chimneys is to speed up the process of heating and at the same time to keep the surface temperature low. This is a very important feature of this heater, as it prevents anyone who comes into contact with the heater from being burned, especially your children and pets. If the heater surface temperature rises, it has a safety feature that does not allow it.
On top of that, the heater also has the feature of preventing freezing, so if the temperature drops below 42 F the heating will automatically turn on, which is really amazing.
It has great portability due to its weight of 24 pounds (about 10.8 kg) and dimensions of 16 inches in length, 6.5 inches wide and 25 inches high. The great thing is that it has a handle that you can easily move anywhere you want. Plus, the heater has wheels for easier movement.
What We Like
- Extremely silent
- The smart snap wheels
- It features with a 24-hour shut on/off timer
- It requires very little maintenance
What We Don't Like
- A bit an expensive model
- It doesn’t come with remote control
- The process of heating is below expectations
8. Lasko 758000 Cyclonic Ceramic Heater
Our Rating: 8.9/10
Overview: This is another space heater for large rooms and now is coming from another company that is also known for manufacturing quality indoor heaters and that is the model Lasko 758000 Cyclonic Ceramic Heater.
This 1500 watts cyclonic ceramic heater has a simple and sleek design; it is about 25 inches tall, 16.8 inches wide and 6.5 inches deep. Regarding its dimensions, it is a lightweight unit with only 17 pounds (about 7.7 Kg) so you will not find it difficult to move it to another location in your home.
The heater is using ceramic plates inside and along with cyclonic technology is capable to generate enough heat for a pretty large room. Moreover, the ceramic plates also have the ability to keep the temperature of the external surface cool to the touch, so you won’t have to worry anymore if someone in your home gets burned when they accidentally touch the heater.
One of the key features of the Lasko ceramic space heater is the cyclonic way of delivering warm room air. With the help of a special fan, the cold air is sucked out of the room at the bottom of the heater which then passes through the heated ceramic plates and so the heated air is delivered back to the room.
Needless to say, this ceramic space heater like most space heaters has a safety feature that protects it from overheating. The control panel located on the front is user-friendly and it is super easy to set the heater to your needs.
For better temperature control there is a precise thermostat with the possibility to program the heater to switch off after a certain heating time. The maximum time to set the heater to work before turning itself off automatically is 7 hours. This is a great feature if you want to use the heater in your bedroom.
What We Like
- Sleek design
- Automatic precise thermostat
- Automatic overheat safety feature
- It features with 7-hour auto turn off/on
What We Don't Like
- There isn’t a remote control
- Some customers say the space heater is a little bit noisy
9. DeLonghi EW7707CM Oil-Filled Space Heater
Our Rating: 8.9/10
Overview: DeLonghi EW7707CM is an oil-filled radiative space heater designed to provide effectively a maximum heat at a low cost for mid-sized and large rooms in your home. In order to achieve this, it features COMFORT TEMP TECHNOLOGY that allows you to maintain the optimal temperature in your room. You can simply set the thermostat at the temperature you need in your room in the range of 68 to 70 Fahrenheit and the heater will automatically maintain that temperature.
Besides that, you are allowed to use three different heat settings such as low that uses 700 watts, medium at 800 watts and a high setting at a maximum of 1500 watts. As you can see besides the temperature in your room you can control as well the consumption of electricity in order to cut your bills down.
Moreover, this oil-filled space heater has an anti-freeze setting, whose main task is to prevent temperature to go below 44 Fahrenheit. In this way, you can protect all devices from freezing in your room.
Also, I don’t want to forget Delonghi EW7707CM uses 7 thermal slots that are filled with diathermic oil and permanently sealed. These slots are designed to maintain a low temperature on the surface of the heater and at the same time to maximize delivering of the heat into your room.
What We Like
- It works relatively quietly which is ideal to be used in a bedroom while you sleep.
- The power cord storage section
- The 7 oil-filled thermal slots and permanently sealed. You will never have a need to refill the thermal oil slots again.
- The feature for automatic turn on and turn off
- The pre-assembled snap-in wheels that give better portability to this space heater
What We Don't Like
- The heater doesn’t have a blower to speed up the process of heating
10. Homegear 1500W Infrared Electric Portable Space Heater
Our Rating: 8.9/10
Overview: Thanks to its dual heating system that implements Quartz and Mica infrared technology the Homegear 1500W Infrared Electric Portable Space Heater is designed for heating medium and large spaces up to 1500 square feet as the manufacturer claims.
In order to facilitate temperature control, the device features a digital thermostat along with remote control. As most of the space heaters, also this one offers 3 different temperature settings including the ECO mode which is one of the great things about this unit. Depending on your needs you can set the heater to work between 750 and 1500 watts.
Another great thing is that the heater stays cool to the touch even if it works for a long period of time at full power. You don’t need to concern somebody to get burn and along with the tip-over switch, it lets you know that really is a safety device.
The Homegear 1500W Infrared heater has a stylish and modern design, it is a pretty lightweight unit with only 12 pounds (about 5.4 Kg) and compact dimensions of 12 inches in length, 13 inches width and 17 inches height all this tells you that you will not have any problem to move it to another location.
When it comes to portability the heater has no handle to allow you to move it elsewhere more easily which is a really big drawback for this quality device though it is lightweight.
On the front of the heater, you will notice the LED panel that allows you easily to keep an eye on the current temperature settings. Moreover, the infrared space heater runs quietly. You are not going to be disturbed while relaxing, watching TV or reading. Even you can use in your bedroom.
What We Like
- Relatively lightweight space heater
- It works pretty quietly
- LED display along with a remote control
- The dual heating system combined with Quartz and Mica technology
- Not expensive
What We Don't Like
- It doesn’t have a handle
- It doesn’t come with wheels
11. DeLonghi HCX9115E Slim Style Convector Space Heater
Our Rating: 8.5/10
Overview: The DeLonghi HCX9115E is another impressive space heater from this well-known brand. It belongs to the group of space heaters with the ability effectively and quickly to heat up large rooms.
This efficiency is due to the dual-fan system that is designed that can quickly heat up the room and at the same time, the warmed air can be evenly distributed throughout the whole room which is really amazing.
Besides its great heating performances, this space heater has a modern and stylish design. When you first look at this heater, the first thing that comes to your mind is that you are looking at a modern desktop computer. It is 21.8 inches high, 32.2 inches long and only 3 inches wide and it weighs only 15.2 pounds (about 6.9 Kg). The heater can be placed on the floor thanks to the mountable legs that you will get along with the heater or you can remove the legs and mount the heater on a wall, it is your choice.
On the front of the heater, you will notice the LED control panel that will allow you to easily and simply control the heater according to your needs. The heater features with three heat settings including ECO mode. With the choosing of ECO mode, the heater will automatically adjust the level of temperature and power usage. In this way, the heater will make your room to be cozy and hot and at the same time, it will reduce the consumption of energy and your bills will be kept low.
Also, I need to mention one of the most important features in this heater, and that is the anti-freeze feature. By selecting this function the heater will maintain the temperature of 45 Fahrenheit (about 7 Celsius) and there will be no freezing in your room. This is an extremely useful feature during winter when the temperatures are extremely low.
When it comes to safety the DeLonghi HCX9115E is really doing an excellent job. Firstly, it features the tip-over protection and if for some reason is happen the heater falls over to the floor at the same moment it will automatically turn off the heater. Secondly, as an additional safety feature in this space heater is the overheat protection that doesn’t allow the heater to become too hot. I can freely say this is one of the best indoor space heaters when we talk about safeness.
What We Like
- The unique dual fan system
- Its modern slim design
- It is a lightweight space heater
- The ability to quickly warm up a large room
- Energy-efficient space heater
What We Don't Like
- The price
12. Honeywell HZ-980 MyEnergySmart Infrared Whole Room Heater
Our Rating: 8.8/10
Overview: Here is another high-quality space heater for large rooms and that is the model Honeywell HZ-980 MyEnergySmart Infrared Heater.
Characteristic about this heater is its advanced infrared heating technology that can very efficiently deliver a sufficient heat for a large room. On top of that, I should mention his stylish and modern cube-shaped design that will match the interior of your home nicely with its black color.
As an infrared heater, the Honeywell HZ-980 is a highly efficient heater that, with the help of Energy Smart Technology, is capable of delivering large amounts of heat in a short period of time with low power consumption. According to Honeywell, this infrared heater is able to save about 35 percent of your electricity costs compared to the other 1500 Watt heaters.
To get a better insight into the power consumption of this heater, it has a built-in power consumption indicator which is a really positive feature. For easier use of this heater, it has a control panel located on the upper part of the device with a precision digital display where you will get all the necessary information while the heater is running.
The heater also features an 8-hour automatic shutdown timer, a temperature control thermostat where you can choose between low, medium and high levels of heating. In addition to the direct control via its control panel, you can also control it via its remote control.
It is worth to mention that the Honeywell HZ-980 has all the necessary advanced safety features such as overheating and a four-way tip-over sensor. Besides that, no matter how long it works, the heater’s body remains cool to the touch.
What We Like
- It can quickly heat large rooms, especially specific spots in a room
- Power consumption indicator
- Aesthetic and modern design
- Advanced safety features
What We Don't Like
- Some owners say that after some time of running, the heater loses its ability to produce the optimal heat
- There are no wheels
Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Space Heater for a Large Room?
Why You Should Invest in Indoor Space Heaters?
Having proper heating in your home is one of the most important things to have a comfortable and pleasant life during cold weather.
But, you need to pay attention to certain factors when you need to buy an indoor heater whether it is a large room or a small one. Here are the main factors that you need to take into consideration before investing in high-quality indoor heating for large rooms.
The Indoor Heater Will Save Your Money
By using the indoor heaters you can heat up only the specific areas in your home that you need. This is one of the biggest positive things about an indoor heater. In this way, you will be able to save a lot of money. For example, if you are using central heating in cold times it will heat up the entire your home even those areas that you don’t need to be heated.
But, the indoor heater you can place only in those areas where you want to be heated. So, from one side you will control the temperature in your home and from another side, you will control your bills. In the end, it makes no sense to heat the whole house during cold times if you don’t have a need to use some of the rooms. So, the indoor heater will allow you to keep warm only those rooms that you are using.
The portability is what gives an advantage of the indoor heater for large rooms over the central heating. You can easily move the heater everywhere around your house.
Some of the heaters for large rooms will be a little bit bigger in size and heavier. But, even these heaters can be moved around your home without a big problem by using wheels. You will only have a problem with moving those indoor heaters that are mounted on the wall.
Ability to Quickly Warm Up Your Room
When we talk about the speed of heating it is obvious that the central heating needs a longer time to heat the rooms in your home. Those who are using central heating know that you will need to set up a timer for the thermostat if you want the temperature in the rooms in your home to reach the desired temperature at a certain time. But, the indoor heaters don’t have that negative feature.
This is another positive thing about the indoor heaters and they are able quickly to heat any room in your house. But you need to know the speed of heating will differ in the model that you will buy. However, one thing is for sure, any model of the indoor heaters can quickly warm up your place
You Can Warm Up Places without Central Heating in Your Home
But, the real truth is that even the central heating is not able to heat all areas in your house. For example, in many homes, the garage is a place where there is no central heating. In most cases, during the wintertime, some people have a need to work in their garages. If you have an indoor heater, you can easily move it in your garage and make that place warm and comfortable for work.
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What Are the Different Types of Space Heaters?
The indoor heaters can be classified into two major groups: the way how space heaters heat the air and the type of fuel they use.
The Way How Space Heaters Heat the Air
When talking about how the air can be heated in your room, the heaters are divided into three main groups: Radiant, Convective and Micathermic Heaters.
Radiant Space Heaters
Radian heaters heat the air in a very simple way, which is the transmission of heat into the infrared spectrum. In this way, the objects in the room are heated directly, without heating the air in the room.
This way of heating is very energy efficient because the heat is directly transferred to the objects with a very low loss rate. Because the heat is directly transmitted to the objects, there is a very low loss rate of energy which makes this way of heating highly energy-efficient.
Convection Space Heaters
Convective space heaters are a type of heaters that use a type of heating element to heat the air in your room. The heating element in most cases can be ceramic plates, diathermic oil or sometimes water. Once the air is heated by means of the heating element, it is then delivered back to the room by means of a fan. Some convective heaters have an oscillator built-in to help spread the warm air into the room.
Depending on the heating element used inside the convective heaters they are divided into 5 different types: ceramic heaters, oil-filled heaters, water-filled heaters, fan heaters, and furnace heaters. The oil-filled heaters need some time to heat up which is one of the disadvantages but from the other side, their surface remains cold to touch.
Micathermic heaters are some type of hybrid heaters when it comes to heat delivery. They have the ability to produce both radial and convective heat. Their way of producing heat is quite different from other types of space heaters.
They use mica panels to deliver space heat and the process of generating and delivering heat is simple. The heating elements are surrounded by mica panels. By switching on the heater, the heated elements heat the mica panels which then quickly deliver heat to the room in the form of electromagnetic rays similar to infrared heaters.
Space Heaters Based On the Type of Fuel They Use
Furthermore, depending on the type of fuel used by the heaters, they can be divided into several groups:
- Electric Space Heaters: This type of heaters is using electricity as a power. The electric space heaters can be used to support the central heating system or separately for zone heating.
- Natural Gas Heaters: instead of electricity this heater is using natural gas as fuel. These types of heaters are one of the cheapest options for heating your home and they are easy for installing.
- Kerosene Heaters: Space heaters that use kerosene is another cheap and powerful solution to heat your home. Mostly they are used in workplaces.
- Propane Heaters: using propane heaters are also a cheap way to heat a home.
- Pellet Heaters: Space heaters that use pellets as a fuel is a cheap and powerful solution for efficiently heating up the entire home.
- Oil-Filled Heaters: These heaters use electricity as a power supply. Even after they are turned off, they can deliver heat within a certain period of time, thanks to the heating element inside them. How long these heaters can deliver heat after shutdown, will depend on the type of heating element installed in the heater itself.
- Hydronic Heaters: This is a heating system consisting of a water heater and heaters installed throughout your home. The boiler heats the water, which then passes through the heaters and heats them. Then, heated heaters deliver heat throughout the home.
As you can see, you have many types of space heaters with a different usage of fuel. It is up to you what type of space heater you will choose to heat up your home. Every type of space heater and the type of fuel that is used in it has its own advantages and disadvantages.
The Pros and Cons of Different Space Heaters
Now, let’s have a look shortly at some popular types of space heaters such as infrared, oil-filled, ceramic and micathermic space heaters and see what are their major advantages and disadvantages:
Pros of Infrared Heaters
Fast Heating: Infrared heaters have the ability to quickly heat the room in which they are located.
You do not have to wait for your room to get warm; the heating process is almost instant. This means that infrared heaters are energy efficient.
They Do Not Affect Humidity: One of the very positive things about infrared heaters is that when in use they do not affect the air humidity in the room at all, because the heat is directly transmitted to the objects.
This is of paramount importance to those who grow plants in their homes because the plants need a humid environment. It is also worth noting that there will be no damage to the wooden furniture in your home.
Positive Impact on Your Health: On the other hand, infrared heat has a positive impact on your health such as increasing the immune system of the body and increasing the circulation of the blood. Simply put, you will have all the positive benefits of sunlight, but without the harmful UV radiation.
Budget-Friendly: The cost of using electric infrared heaters is much lower than convective heaters. They use less energy to heat the room in which they are located; in fact, infrared heaters consume almost twice less electricity than other types of heaters to produce the same amount of heat. This means that over the long term infrared heaters are cheaper to use.
They Require Low Maintenance: electric infrared heaters are easy to maintain.
Cons of Infrared Heaters
You Must Be Close: If you want to benefit from infrared heat you need to be in their immediate vicinity.
They Emit a Red Light: Because infrared heaters emit red light while working, it is not recommended to use in rooms where there are people who may be irritated by their light, especially in the bedroom when they are sleeping at night.
After Turning Off the Infrared Heater the Heat Disappears Quickly: Because of the ability of the infrared heaters directly to transfer the heat to the objects without heating the air, once you turn them off the heat will quickly disappear in the room.
Not for Large Spaces: They are not the best choice if you need to heat up large areas.
Pros of Convective Heaters
Great Portability: Ceramic heaters have great portability due to their compact dimensions. This allows you to easily move them around your house as needed.
If you really need a portable space heater with compact dimensions, then a ceramic heater might be the right choice for you.
They Offer Instant Heating: Generally, ceramic heaters use a fan to move the heated air through the room in which they are located. This allows you to warm up the room you are in for a very short period of time.
Perfect for Small Spaces: If you need to warm a small room, you can achieve this very efficiently and effectively by using a ceramic heater.
Not Expensive: Ceramic heaters can be found at very affordable prices.
Cons of Convective Heaters
Noise: It is obvious that every type of heater that uses a fan produces a certain level of noise. This also applies to ceramic heaters, they are considered as noisy devices. Some of them create a higher level of noise, while some ceramic heaters produce less noise.
If you are interested in the noise level of a particular model of a ceramic heater, you should check its specification that indicates its noise level, and also check if the heater has settings for additional fan speed control. If you are one of those who prefer silence in their home, then I recommend choosing an oil-filled heater or infrared electric heater, especially as the quietest are oil-filled heaters.
Maintenance: Another disadvantage of this type of heater is maintenance. You should occasionally clean the heater, especially the blades of the fan to remove the dust and other small particles. You don’t want dust into the air in your room.
First of all, no one wants to inhale dust, especially people who have problems with asthma and allergies. For people who have problems with asthma and allergies and need a space heater, the best solution is an oil-filled heater.
What Are the Benefits of Oil-Filled Heaters?
They Are Quiet: The oil-filled heaters are pretty quiet devices. Usually, oil-filled heaters do not use fans to distribute heat to the premises where they are located.
The heated oil in the heater has the ability to slowly release heat into the room which means they almost never produce any noise. Because of this, these types of heaters are most suitable for indoors where you want no noise, especially in a bedroom where you need complete silence while sleeping.
Oil-Filled Heater Can Produce Heat Even after You Turn It Off: Once the oil-filled heater is turned off, the heated oil does not cool rapidly, meaning it will still emit heat for a period of time.
This is another positive feature of this type of heater that will be of great benefit to people who do not want their heater turned on at night and want to have a longer period of heat late at night while sleeping.
Great Choice for People with Allergies: They don’t use a fan to move the heated air in the room
Cons of Oil-Filled Heaters
Less Portable: Oil-filled heaters are heavier than other types of heaters. It will be a little harder to move a heater of this type from one location to another. Their weight makes them less portable than other types of heaters.
With the intention of slightly increasing the portability of these heaters, most of them come with built-in wheels to facilitate their movement from one location to another. However, oil-filled heaters are less portable than infrared heaters and most ceramic space heaters.
Slow Heating Abilities: The oil-filled space heaters need time to heat up before they start delivering heat in the space. In most cases, you will need between 15 to 20 minutes before you feel the heat in your room.
This is not for people who want instant heat. If you are one of them then a better option for you is to purchase one of the infrared electric heaters who are able instantly to heat a room.
Pros of Micathermic Heaters
Silent Operation: Because micathermic heaters don’t use a fan, they don’t make noise at all.
Fast Heating: Micathermic heaters have the ability to emit heat instantly when you turn them on, which is the same capability as infrared heaters. Unlike oil heaters, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes before they can effectively heat the environment.
They Are Lightweight: Micathermic heaters are by far lighter devices when compared to other types of space heaters such as infrared and oil-filled heaters.
High Portability: Due to its lightweight and ultra-slim design, micathermic heaters have great portability. You can transport them anywhere in your home with great ease. They are also an ideal solution if you want to have a space heater mounted on the wall.
100% Conversion of Electricity: Micathermic Heaters are capable of converting 100% of the input energy into heat. This makes them the most effective space heaters on the market. They are leaders when using less electricity than other types of space heaters.
Great Choice for People with Asthma and Allergies: It is known that space heaters that have a fan for moving warm air into the room, at the same time many of the allergens, bacteria, particles, and dust move with the air around the room. This is not the case with micathermic heaters, because they do not use a fan. Because of this, micathermic heaters are an ideal solution for people suffering from asthma and allergies.
Cons of Micathermic Heaters
Limited Heating Range: The downside of micathermic heaters is that they have a limited range of room heating. Their maximum range of effective room heating ranges from 150 to 200 square feet. This is due to the fact that they do not use a fan for better distribution of hot air.
Features to Look for While Buying a Space Heater
The Size of the Heater: On the market today, space heaters can be found in different sizes and with different heating power, the choice is really great.
The size of the space heater will depend on the size of the room you need to warm. If you need to heat a small room then it makes no sense to buy a large size heater with high heating power. On the one hand, you will spend more money and on the other, you will have bigger electricity bills.
In this case, it would be better to buy a smaller size space heater with a lower heating power. If you need to warm up a room with larger dimensions then it is normal to buy a space heater with higher heating power.
But, you should know that today the dimensions of the heater do not determine its heating power. Today’s newer space heaters are smaller in size and employ more advanced technology that gives them tremendous power of heating. Therefore, when choosing a space heater, always check its factory specifications to see if the power of heating of the heater will suit your heating needs. Typically their heating power varies from 750 to 1500 watts.
The Level of Noise: Space heaters are usually very quiet devices, like for example, most oil-filled, infrared and mica thermal heaters. Some heaters have a fan to allow better and faster hot air distribution in the room. So these heaters have a higher noise level. So, if you need a quiet space heater, then you should choose a heater with no fan.
Remote Control: Today, most space heaters come with remote control. It lets you manage settings for your device more easily from a distance.
Safety Features: When buying a space heater, always check if the model has all needed safety features like the following:
- Over-tip Protection: this feature will detect when the heater is falling on the floor and at the same time automatically it will turn off the heater. This safety feature especially is useful if you have kids and pets in your home that can by accident push the heater to the floor.
- Overheat Protection: this is a very useful feature and it automatically turns off the heater when its outer casing gets too hot to touch. So nobody will get burned which is also of great importance if you have kids and pets.
Portability: When buying a space heater, you need to consider whether or not you want your heater to be portable. Portability is also a very important factor that allows you to easily move the space heater from one place to another.
For greater portability, some heaters come with a built-in handle to easily take the heater where you need it or have mounted wheels that allow you to easily move it to a specific location. Also, some heaters have both features: a built-in handle and embedded wheels.
Thermostat: This is a great feature that you need to look for in a space heater. The thermostat will allow you to set your desired temperature that you want your heater to reach and maintain in your room.
Timer: The timer is a very useful and safe feature to look for in the space heater you want to buy. With the timer, you can simply adjust the heater how long it will work. After the set time elapses, the heater will automatically switch off.
Most of the space heaters come with an internal security timer that will automatically turn off the device if it operates continuously for 8, 10 and 12 hours. Certain models of space heaters will allow you to set working hours much longer.
Possibility of Mounting: Some space heaters have the option of being mounted on a wall or ceiling. They have small fixtures that allow you to hang or screw the heater on the wall. Normally with the heater comes a manual that gives you a step-by-step guide on how to do it.
This is a very handy thing if you are living in a small apartment where your space is limited, so mounting the heater on the wall or ceiling is a great solution. Those who have children and pets can also benefit from this. By mounting the space heater on the wall, it will be out of reach for children and pets.
The Length of the Power Cord: Before buying a space heater, check the length of its power cord. The longer the cable, the more flexibility you’ll have in positioning the space heater in your room.
Built-in handle: It is also very important if the space heater has a built-in handle. It will allow you to easily move the heater where you need it most.
Some Safety Tips about Space Heaters
- No matter what type of space heater you decided to buy, always read the instructions for use carefully before its first use.
- When you go to sleep, never leave the space heater running. If you intend to do this in order to keep your bedroom warm during the night while you sleep, set the heater timer to turn off after a certain time. That’s why it is very important when buying a space heater; make sure there is a built-in timer.
- Whenever you use a space heater in your home, you must have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed.
- When the space heater is not in use, unplug it.
- The space heater you want to buy must have a safety certificate.
- Always make sure, the space heater to be placed on a flat and stable surface.
- Never place the space heater close to any flammable materials. (Read our ultimate guide where to place a space heater in your home?).
- Your space heater always must be plugged directly into the socket on the wall. Never use power strips and power bars; they are not designed to handle that much power.
- Always try to keep the space heater away from kids and pets.
- Never place the space heater near a water source or in a room with high humidity.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
If I leave the Space Heater On All Night, Is It Safe?
For safety reasons, the space heater is not recommended to operate overnight. If you leave the heater running at night while you sleep, you will be exposed to any potential risks. For more information on why you should not leave your space heater running all night, you can read here.
Is Infrared Heating Hazardous to Your Health or Not?
The answer to this question is simply no. Infrared heaters have no harmful effect on your health and the environment. These heaters emit infrared rays, which are actually the same rays that the sun emits. This radiation is not harmful at all and is completely different from X-rays or microwaves. Infrared radiation has all the benefits of sunlight without the harmful properties of UV rays. They have a positive effect on our skin and health.
The infrared rays of these heaters directly heat the objects and walls of the room. They do not heat the air, which means they do not reduce humidity in the room. Also, when operating infrared heaters, they do not move air into the room which means they do not spread dust, bacteria, and allergens around.
Do Space Heaters Emit Carbon Monoxide?
We all know that electric space heaters use electricity to generate heat as fuel. So it’s normal that they can’t emit carbon monoxide at all, so you don’t have to be afraid of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide can be emitted from space heaters that use wood, natural gas, kerosene, propane or some other type of fuel. The newer models of space heaters have built-in oxygen sensors. When the oxygen level will drop to a critical level, the heater will automatically switch off.
Are Space Heaters Safe for Kids?
It is known that when operating a space heater certain parts of its surface become hot. If you have children or pets in your home and want to use space heaters, you should know that there is a high risk of them to burn themselves by touching some of the heated parts of the heater.
But, today the housings of the newer space heaters are designed to stay cool to the touch no matter how long they work. In addition, they come with many advanced safety features such as automatic shutdown if overheating occurs, if you allow them to operate for longer than 8 hours continuously they will automatically shut off or if they are pushed to the floor they will automatically shut off.
Also for greater safety, most of the space heaters can be mounted on a wall or ceiling so they are out of reach of your children. However, despite all these safety features, some precautions should be taken. You should always set up a three-foot safety zone for your children and pets and monitor them frequently.
As you can read from our buying guide and our selection of the best space heaters for large rooms, you need to consider many things before you make the final decision for a space heater that will meet all your needs when it is cold, especially in winter.
And not only that, you can find specially designed bathroom heaters, basement heaters, garage heaters, pool heaters, patio heaters, best heater for child’s room and so on. The choice is not small and the right choice will depend on the needs of your family.