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Choose the electric heater that’s right for you

There's a big difference between a radiant and convection electric heater.
There's a big difference between a radiant and convection electric heater. - 123RF Stock Photo

There are all sorts of electric space heaters available on the market today, from radiant and convection to forced air varieties. Here are a few tips to help you choose the model that’s right for you.  

First of all, if you wish to heat a room over the course of several hours, choose a heater that uses natural convection. It may distribute heat more slowly than other heaters, but it allows you to maintain a stable temperature over long periods of time — as long as the room is closed in. 

If you want to warm yourself up quickly without increasing the temperature of the room you’re in, choose a heater that uses radiant heating. This provides an almost instant feeling of heat on your skin but doesn’t warm the air. It can be useful when working in your garage, for instance.  

Last but not least, to quickly warm up a small room, you can get a forced air heater or combined model (oil-filled or with panels). these provide stable, long-lasting heat.  

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