On the street is getting colder, and despite the fact that the heating season has already begun, the temperature in apartments often leaves much to be desired. To paraphrase a famous saying, on public services helps those who help themselves. Better to err and to buy a heater for your apartment or office. How to choose a heater.

The most important feature any heater, regardless of type, is power. The area that can heat the device depends on the power. Many people are trying to choose the heater with the highest power, but here the principle "the more the better" does not work: why should you overpay for something that you will not use?

It is therefore important to choose a heater with a capacity corresponding to the size of the room. To do this will help our sign :

Area of ​​the room (m 2)

Heater power, kW

A second important characteristic of the heater is the type. We will briefly describe each type of heater, so that you can choose the heater that is right for you.

Oil cooler

Oil coolers is one of the most common types of home heaters. Such a heater has a sealed metal housing filled with mineral oil. In oil immersed heating element. When heated, it transfers heat to the oil, the oil corps, and the corps — the air.

The outer surface of the oil cooler is divided by partitions (ribs). The more fins, the better the heat transfer  and the faster the room is heated (at equal capacities). So if you need to warm up the room quickly, it makes sense to choose a heater with a lot of ribs. Many models are equipped with a thermostat and a timer and can be switched on and off depending on the temperature of the air in the room.

  • does not burn oxygen in the room
  • fire safety
  • quiet
  • mobility (thanks to the wheels you can easily move the heater).
  • a relatively long warming-up room (but the heat also lasts longer)
  • case temperature can not freely touch the radiator
  • relatively large dimensions
  • dry the air.

Convector heater

Convector heater  Heals the room due to the fact that air passes through the heating elements. Cold air in the body of the convector heats up, rises, a new "batch" of cold air descends into its place. Convectors are wall and floor, the second is preferable, because the lower the convector is located, the more efficient it is. As in the previous case, it is worth choosing a heater with a thermostat, protected from overheating.

Convectors have practicallyall of the same benefits. as well as oil coolers, but there are several other reasons to choose a heater of this type:

  • slow heating of the room in the absence of a built-in fan.


Heaters  allow you to quickly warm up a small room. The heating element is an electric spiral. It heats the air, and the fan delivers it to the heating zone. Good models are protected from overheating and automatically shut off when the set temperature is reached, as well as when falling.

  • the simplicity and accessibility
  • compactness and portability
  • quick warm-up room.
  • noise at work
  • the dust settles, but remains in the air
  • unpleasant smell if dust on the heating element
  • uneconomical.

Infrared heater

Unlike previous models, infrared heater does not warm the air, and being in the room items. Emitted heat energy is absorbed by floors, walls, furniture etc. as well as people.

  • high efficiency
  • rapid heating of the room, high efficiency;
  • the possibility of local heating of a part of the room;
  • fire safety
  • easy installation and operation.

Significant disadvantages  infrared heaters do not.

So, how to choose a heater? It all depends on why you need one. For rapid heating good heater for a small space — heater with a local heating will successfully cope infrared heater, and for long maintaining the heat in the room the best choice — oil cooler. But whatever type of heater you choose, be sure to purchase a model with a thermostat .