Recommendation for electric heater

propertyrental
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I have underfloor heating in my conservstory, but though it gets the temp up to a certain level it needs a boost this time of year when I'm in there.

What kind of electric heater would be best?
I know kw by kw they all use the same so this is not really a 'what's the cheapest heater' question.

Want to minimise noise too, so not a blow heater..

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  • Scot_39
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    If your in their short term - like a couple of hours - and have no pets etc - a cheap halogen heater might do the job.

    Or if want a safer more child / pet friendly option a full sized oil filled radiator (the small ones can have issues with overheating as simply cannot radiate heat input properly - some according to reviews - hit thermal protection more frequently than others).

    One can be had around £25, the other from £40-50 widely.

    You can get more external focused infra red type heaters - radiated IR to heat things not air in the way - cost ?

    And if your not active in the room but seated - have you considered a regular throw - or a heated throw.

    Other options seen mentioned here by people WFH at desks etc - are heated seat cushions, back pads or foot warmer pads / slipper etc.  Again to heat you first - and not the whole space - to save on bills.



  • QrizB
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    A simple convector heater is cheap and silent. An oil-filled heater is also silent, more expensive but safer to leave unattended (not that you're likely to do so, given your description of what you want).
    Both types are readily available from high street and internet retailers of electrical goods.
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  • Netexporter
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    Best thing for an essentially uninsulated space is an infra-red heater. It warms you (and other objects) but not the air. If you get one with a detector that only switches it on when people are present, you will not waste any electricity when the room is empty.
  • propertyrental
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    So in a nutshell: either

    halogen
    oil - filled
    infra red or
    convector

    hmmm!

    as an aside, the conservatory is modern, double glazed, with an insulated solid roof.
  • Emmia
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    edited 16 January at 8:25PM
    Best thing for an essentially uninsulated space is an infra-red heater. It warms you (and other objects) but not the air. If you get one with a detector that only switches it on when people are present, you will not waste any electricity when the room is empty.
    For some reason infra red heating makes me feel sick, it's used at some hot yoga places, but it's not the exercise, I feel ill within a few minutes of entering the room whilst sat on the mat waiting for the class to begin. It's also not recommended for pregnant women (but I've never been pregnant, so that isn't the problem).

    I've got a small oil free electric radiator which is very effective on the lowest setting.
  • Scot_39
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    Ultimately all will heat the space - given sufficient time.

    So it comes down to how you heat the space - and whether you want to try and save by heating where you are working / sitting / relaxing.

    And preference / costs.

    I personally use full sized oil filled radiators under my computer / working desks - when the rooms aren't otherwise hot enough to sit long term. 

    I prefer them as they don't get overly hot compared to other heaters and don't have to worry about oose / dust getting in and burning off when switch on for first time in weeks / months - or brief contact with skin or clothes / soft furnishings etc.  I used to use one unattended - a more expensive branded model - with it's own timer as a frost / damp prevention heater - for weeks on end - when away on business - it's several years old now - and still going strong.

    But they are not the cheapest and full sized - not the lightest of heaters (maybe upto c10kg typically) - if want something truly portable.

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