Keeping cozy with heaters

Before you buy a heater always consider the size of the room you want to heat in comparison to the given output of the heaters you are looking at.

As winter descends, the heaters get turned up. What do you do if your heating doesn’t keep you warm enough?

First of all, if you are a renter, take it up with your landlord. As long as you aren’t leaving the windows open or keeping the heater off, legally, landlords have to keep your unit a certain temperature (the guideline varies by municipality, but is generally around 20 degrees). If the heating is not working properly, that should be high priority for fixing. If it isn’t, we recommend you check out some of the apartment listings on Kijiji. In the meantime, a space heater will keep you from freezing!


Radiant heaters

These are heaters that only heat up the immediate area around themselves. They come in various strengths and sizes and use an element such as water or electric coils to slowly radiate heat outwards.

Fan heaters

Fan heaters are a popular choice for indoor heating. They are generally electric and fairly effective depending on the type of heater and the size of the room that needs heating.

Fan heaters generally blow the air across a heated coil or panel, which gets the warm air further into the room than a radiant heater.

Oil or water filled radiator style heaters

These heaters use the conduction method to heat the room and are popular in bathrooms and smaller rooms that don’t have adequate heating. They are spot heaters so won’t warm the room quickly but they do tend to heat very evenly.

If you have small children these heaters are not be a good idea as they can get quite hot to the touch. The water or oil will not need changing as it is only warmed up and not burned to create the heat.

Outdoor heaters

If you’re having a bonfire night party, you may want to check out outdoor and patio heaters. These are usually spot heaters and come in various shapes and sizes.

Outdoor heating can really make the difference and your guests will thank you for the extra warmth. It’s possible to make even the coldest nights bearable with the right heating but they won’t be much help when it starts raining.

What size heater do I need?

Space heaters come in many shapes and sizes and prices vary so it’s a good idea to shop around for bargains on Kijiji. It’s also useful to work out what each heater is capable of and whether it has the right output to heat the space you intend to use it in.

Look for the heater output

When you are looking for a heater you’ll come across the various different outputs for each model and understanding what these mean will ensure you buy the right heater for your space.

Generally, the output for a given heater is given in watts and the accepted ratio is that it takes 10 watts to raise the temperature of a square foot by 10 degrees. This ratio isn’t exact, and there are several factors that can affect how a room heats up. High ceilings, drafty windows and vents, large doorways and stairwells can all be detrimental to the heating of a room.

Before you buy a heater always consider the size of the room you want to heat in comparison to the given output of the heaters you are looking at. If you have high ceilings or need a lot of heat then go for a higher wattage model.

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