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Things to Consider When Buying a Heater

Buying a space heater from Marshall Industrial is a convenient way to heat a room and make it warm. However, there are so many options that you can get confused buying one.

The following are some of the things you should consider when buying a heater:

Heater Type

First and foremost, you need to decide which type of heater you require. There is a wide plethora of heaters that can be classified into three categories: convection heaters, radiant heaters and fan-forced heaters.

Each type of heater has its own use. Convection heaters are great for heating large rooms and provide even heating.

Radiant heaters, on the other hand, are great for heating small rooms by providing quick and spot heating. As the name suggests, fan-forced heaters deliver heat by the use of a fan that blows air across a heated element.

There is a recent type of heater called micathermic heaters. They provide fast and widespread heat all while saving space. You should choose a heater that is most suitable for you.

Heating Capacity

A crucial feature to consider when buying a heater is its heating capacity. The heating capacity of a heater refers to the space that the heater can cover.

A heater’s heating capacity is measured by its wattage rating. A heater with 1000 watts heating capacity is sufficient for a small room. A 1500-watt heater is better for larger rooms.

The heating capacity of heater is dependent on other factors such as the environment and how it is used. There are some portable heaters with incredible heating capacity.

Energy Efficiency

Conserving energy and keeping the utility bill low is vital for most of us. For that reason, you should consider a heater’s energy efficiency seriously when shopping for heaters.

It is difficult to find a standard rating for portable heaters as you will typically find for AC units. Therefore, you should check heater features such as wattage, energy saving modes and adjustable thermostats as they help improve energy efficiency.

The energy efficiency of a space heater will also depend on the environment and space in which you use it. Your energy bill is all the proof you need.


Safety should be foremost in your mind when you are buying a space heater. Without the correct safety measures, you run the risk of electrical fires.

Safety features on heaters range from simple to very advanced. Examples of safety features you will find on heaters include surface cooling and automatic shutdown in case the heater is knocked down among others.

Most heaters will have overheat protection which is an internal switch that turns off automatically when the heater’s temperature becomes unsafe. You should ensure that you heater has this safety feature as well.

Noise Level

Many heaters produce some form of noise during operation. The level of noise will vary greatly between different heaters.

Fan-forced heaters produce the most amount of noise because of the fan’s rotation. Baseboard heaters or heaters with an oil-filled radiator are the most silent ones.

You should choose a heater’s noise level depending on the room in which you will be using it. the office and bedroom are areas where silent heaters are often preferred.