Portable Heaters In Time For Winter
Portable heaters offer a cost effective way to provide warmth during winter. The cheap price tag on these heaters makes them a popular option with many homeowners.
Portable heaters offer a cost effective way to provide warmth during winter. The cheap price tag on these heaters makes them a popular option with many homeowners. The added benefit of being portable means they can be moved around to heat different areas as required.
Unfortunately, many of the cheaper portable heaters available may not always be as energy-efficient as they should be. For this reason, it’s important to compare several types of portable heater and work out the initial purchase cost as well as the long term running costs. This will make choosing the right portable heater much easier and keep the damage to your wallet to a minimum.
Kogan 2000w Portable Electric Panel Heater
The Kogan 2000w Portable Electric Panel Heater is a slimline electric heater that contains a long-lasting aluminium heating element to provide heat with a price tag under $70.
This model is designed to generate radiant and convection heat, so it’s ideal for heating one person directly, as well as providing ambient heat for a whole room.
The compact size and slim profile of this heater won’t take up much space in any room, so it’s ideal for those with minimal space. This portable heater is easy to move around, as it is fitted with wheels. The flat panel front on this model is also ideal if you prefer to mount it to the wall to save even more room.
The manufacturers have built in several safety features, which include:
-Cut-off switch to prevent overheating
-Safety cut-off feature if the heater is covered
-Tip-over switch that triggers if the unit is tipped from its original upright position
-Splash-proof cover for use in wet areas
Heller Portable Compact 1500w Ceramic Fan Heater
The Heller Portable Compact 1500w Ceramic Fan Heater comes in at the lower end of the price spectrum, with a price tag under $30. This compact little heater contains a ceramic heating element for high thermal efficiency, and offers two settings for heating and cooling.
The low heat-setting mode runs at 750W while the high heat-setting mode operates at 1500W. The unit is set on an oscillating base to help spread warmth over a larger area.
Safety features for this portable heater include:
-Safety tip over switch
-Overheat cut-off switch
Keep in mind that the energy efficiency of this heater may not be as high as some other options available, so it’s best to use this heater for shorter periods where possible.
Paloma Portable Natural Gas Convection Heater
The Paloma Portable Natural Gas Convection Heater is a highly energy-efficient portable gas heater that comes complete with economy settings to save even more energy during use. The energy rating for this model is set at 5.9 stars. The emissions ratings for this heater are also much lower than the Australian Standard requirements, so it’s ideal for environmentally conscious buyers.
This convection heater uses gas to generate heat, but uses an electric fan to emit hot air out into the surrounding room. In addition, an inbuilt economy thermostat setting tells the unit when the temperature within a room has reached the desired temperature. Once the right temperature is reached, the unit will stop generating heat until the temperature within the room drops. This helps to save energy and reduce operating costs, while still keeping the room warm.
There are several safety features built into this model, which include:
-Overheat cut-off switch
-Safety tilt switch
-Power failure cut-off switch
The price tag on the Paloma Portable Natural Gas Convection Heater is just under $700, but the cost savings for using natural gas should compensate for this over time.
Highlander Portable Mobile Air Conditioner Heater with Remote Control
The Highlander Portable Mobile Air Conditioner Heater is an excellent way to stay warm in winter and cool down in summer. The dual function makes this portable unit handy all year round, and with a price tag under $300, it’s economical too.
This remote controlled portable heater is quiet and efficient for both cooling and heating purposes, allowing easy movement from room to room on small castor wheels.
On the downside, this unit does generate wastewater, which does need to be drained regularly to keep the machine operating optimally. You should also factor in the low energy efficiency rating for this model when making your decision about which portable heater to buy.