Buyers Guide to the Fan Heater [Reviews 2019]

The most important points about the fan heater

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What is a fan heater?

The fan heater belongs to the group of electric heaters that are used as a supplement or replacement to a central heating system for domestic heating. The fan blows the heat into the room air and thus the fan heater falls under the category of convection heaters.

Colloquially, the term fan heater is also used for the fan heater. The most common use is in the bathroom, hobby room, garage or party cellar. The 230 V power connection in the household is sufficient for the electricity connection.

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  • Internal Heat Limiting Thermostat
  • Thermal Cutoff Safety Device

What types of fan heaters are there?

Mobile fan heater

The fan heaters are very small, light and compact and, depending on the model, also have castors. They can be taken along at any time and are usually equipped with an axial fan, where the cold air is sucked in from behind and warmed up from the front.

Wall fan heater

Wall mounted units are intended for wall mounting. Their ventilation system works with a radial fan: the air flows in cold at the top and comes out warm at the front.

Ceramic Fan Heater

Ceramic fan heaters have small ceramic tiles around the heating coil, which heat up particularly well and store the heat. So even after switching off there is still some radiant heat available. With the ceramic tiles, the fan heater becomes a combination of convection heating and radiant heating, which further increases the heat effect during operation.

Industrial Fan Heater

Industrial fan heaters are mounted either on the wall or ceiling and heat large halls, garages, storage rooms. However, a wide variety of appliances are available for mobile use. They are used for paint drying, building drying, pest control (depending on the process, e.g. against bedbugs) and have a high power output.

How does a fan heater work?

The integrated fan sucks in the cold room air via the air slots or openings at the rear of the housing. The fan heater now directs the cold air past an electrically operated heating element. The fan then accelerates the heated air and leads it to the front of the unit, from where it enters the room air and mixes with it.

The heating element is usually a heating spiral. Either the air comes in at the top and out warm at the front. Or the device attracts the cold air at the back and gives it out again at the front. The principle is the same as with a hair dryer. By sucking in the air, the heater also attracts immense dust, which must be removed regularly. Maintenance includes extracting the dust, cleaning the propellers of the fan and/or emptying the integrated dust filter. However, this cleaning significantly increases the service life of the fan heater and prevents unpleasant odours when dust burns.

How hot do fan heaters get?

In general, it can be said that high temperatures can occur on fan heaters within a very short time. These are usually higher than the body temperature. Ceramic fan heaters, however, can also reach temperatures of up to 60 degrees Celsius, whereby this temperature does not refer to the air blown out but to the immediate vicinity of the heating spiral.

What are the advantages of a fan heater?

The advantages of the mobile or compact fan heater are quickly found:
For temporary operation or as a supplement to central heating, the fan heater convinces with its space-saving operation, mobile installation and rapid heating of the rooms to be heated.
All advantages at a glance:

  • Low purchase price
  • Compact construction
  • Mobile devices available
  • Lightweight installation
  • Flexible application options
  • Rapid transfer of heat to the room (quick heater)
  • can be used as a fan in summer
  • Easy to transport or stow
  • Connection possible without pipe and gas connection
  • Low maintenance heating system
  • Optional features available such as power stages, timer, room thermostat or safety shutdown as well as frost monitor and overheating protection available
  • Can work cold and hot
  • Yes vertical and horizontal operation possible according to model
  • available with fan or fan

What disadvantages does the fan heater have?

Like every heating system and appliance, the electric fan heater also has some disadvantages that should be considered before buying:
Unpleasant smell due to combustion of dust particles
Efficiency as with all electric convection heaters quite low
Possible disturbing noise from the fan
Slight draughts possible in the immediate vicinity of the fan
Uses the expensive daytime electricity, no night-time electricity tariff possible

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Optimus H-1322 Portable 2-Speed Fan Heater with Thermostat
  • 2 Heat Settings (750 and 1500 watts)
  • 4-position Function Switch (off/fan/low/high)
  • Fan-only Setting
  • Internal Heat Limiting Thermostat
  • Thermal Cutoff Safety Device

Costs of a fan heater

What does a fan heater cost?

When purchasing a fan heater, the size of the room to be heated and, accordingly, the output of the fan heater must be taken into account. The more power the appliance should have, the higher the purchase costs. For occasional or very short operation, very small fan heaters with a simple design are sufficient – these are available in stores from approx. 20 euros. With it one can heat approx. 10 square meters. If you want to set up a fan heater in damp rooms or are looking for a heater for the bathroom, then the devices must meet different requirements for damp rooms. Thus the price for an average heater rises to approx. 50 euro. Wall mounted units also cost a little more and, depending on the equipment and performance, you can expect to pay around 60 to 100 euros. And who attaches importance to completely much Design and comfort, receives high-quality fan heaters with intelligent technology and patented technologies for several hundred euro.

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Where to buy a radiant heater?

A fan heater can usually be found in stationary specialist shops, but also in numerous DIY stores and also in many supermarkets and discount stores. In the Internet there are the well-known on-line offerers like for example Amazon. In addition, the manufacturers themselves provided often in the meantime their own Onlineshop.

What one must consider when buying a fan heater?

When purchasing a mobile fan heater, it is essential to pay attention to the safety devices and protection against falling over. As a rule, modern fan heaters have three types:
The anti-tipper switch is usually located at the bottom of the appliance and switches the fan heater off as soon as it tips over. In order for this protective mechanism to work, the appliance must be used on solid flooring, i.e. parquet, laminate, concrete or linoleum.
The overheating protection switches the fan heater off as soon as it becomes too hot. This can happen if the fan heater is accidentally covered or if you have simply forgotten to turn it off.
The splash guard, which is already present with nearly all devices, belongs to the standard. This protective mechanism is essential, especially for use in damp rooms. The cover is located above the control elements and can usually be opened and closed.
If the device is to be used for only a few hours and the room measures only max. 10 square metres, then a fan heater from the lower price segment is completely sufficient.
However also here on the GS mark for examined security must be paid attention. Thus the manufacturer submits itself to a freiwilligen examination of its devices and indicates thereby once again that it concerns a safe equipment. In addition, the fan heater must bear the CE mark, so that sales within the EU are permitted in accordance with the applicable standards. Cheap products usually do not have either of these two certificates and then you should rather keep your hands off it.
An important feature with higher-priced fan heaters is a removable dust filter. With it it is simple to remove the sucked in dust from the equipment, because these would cause an unpleasant smell after the time, if larger dust particles burn on the heating spiral. This is especially true for devices with high wattages from 2000 watts.
The cable length is to be still considered, because straight cheap devices have only a very short connecting cable. It is best to measure beforehand how long the cable should be for your location.
A knob instead of the classic on/off switch is useful if the device is used in the bathroom. While sitting in the bathtub, you can easily operate the device. This would be far too dangerous with the classic switch due to the wet hands.

What better heater or fan heater?

The main difference between these two types of heating lies in the type of heating. The radiant heater emits radiant heat and thus heats surfaces in its vicinity. The fan heater whirls warm air into the room, which creates dust turbulence that could cause problems for allergy sufferers. Therefore, it is important to consider whether someone in the family is an allergy sufferer or suffers from respiratory diseases, especially when choosing one of the two types. The most common device for radiant heaters is the infrared radiant heater, which produces a pleasant warmth within a very short time, which penetrates as infrared C radiation up to 1mm deep into the human skin. This pleasant feeling is also missing with the normal fan heater. This creates a normal feeling of warmth, as with any other classic convection heater.

Which fan heater for the bath?

When choosing a fan heater in the bathroom, you should definitely use a wall-mounted appliance. This eliminates the annoying task of setting up and removing the appliance after use and the cable is concealed behind the appliance. A ceramic fan heater is also recommended for the bathroom if users like it cosy and warm or if small children live in the family. The ceramic tiles achieve a higher temperature, which the fan heater can use to heat the warm air. If there are allergy sufferers in the family or people who are sensitive to dry air and/or have problems with the respiratory tract, a radiant heater should be used. However, it is very important that you pay attention to the protection class and the IPx4 check digit when purchasing a fan heater for the bathroom. This means that the bathroom fan heaters are splash-proof and designed for use in damp rooms.

Installation and operation of a fan heater

What to consider when installing a fan heater?

The fan heaters usually do not require a large installation. The compact units in particular are simply unpacked and connected. If devices must be firmly mounted, then often simple tools or normal craftsman knowledge are sufficient, in order to fasten the equipment to the wall. When drilling, however, you should make sure that you do not drill any power lines. It is therefore absolutely necessary to unscrew the fuses beforehand. If it concerns large and heavy radiators, then it is advisable to call a second person for the installation to assistance.

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Where to rent radiant heaters?

Small devices are usually not available for rent because the costs are not profitable. Cheap fan heaters are already available from about 20 euros in stores, so renting them is simply not worthwhile. Industrial fan heaters, or large and mobile fan heaters, which may only be needed for a very limited time, can be rented from a DIY store or from special rental companies. A view into the Internet or the yellow sides will show the next offerers in the region.

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Why do fan heaters sometimes stink?

By sucking in the cold air, the fan heater also absorbs dust particles from the air, which are deposited on the protective grille, the housing, the fan or directly on the heating spiral. If the unit is not used regularly, unpleasant odours will occur when the dust particles burn.

How many watts should a fan heater have?

The output shows what the new fan heater emits in terms of heat, consumes in terms of electricity and ultimately also costs in terms of purchase. Of course, the consumption and the associated costs also depend on the performance of the device. The higher the wattage, the higher the consumption. The wattage indicates which energy conversion X is required in a time span Y. The energy consumption of the device is determined by the wattage.

For small rooms, manufacturers usually recommend fan heaters with an output of 500 watts. This is a so-called mini fan heater, which is mobile, compact and easy to take along for camping, motorhome or party room. Rooms up to max. 10 square meters of living space can be heated with it.
1000 Watt is needed to heat rooms up to 25 square meters. However one must consider with this room size already that possibly 2 smaller devices are more meaningful, so that also really each area gets enough warmth.

This table helps to the orientation:
500 – 1000 Watt for a room up to 10 square meters maximum
1000 – 1500 Watt for a room up to 15 square meters maximum
1500 – 2000 Watt for a room up to 20 square meters maximum
2000 – 3000 Watt for a room over 25 square meters

In the heating sector, the guideline value of 50 watts per cubic metre of surface area is given, with which each customer can calculate his individual requirements. But, of course, the personal perception of warmth also plays a major role in the selection of the right appliance.

What is better: fan heater or oil radiator?

The main issue here is the time that the two devices need to heat up the room and dissipate heat. The oil radiator heats the oil inside the radiator and then supplies it to the air in the room. Oil is inert and mobile oil radiators, even the smallest version, are already equipped with a volume of at least 0.5 cubic metres. This volume must be heated by means of electricity and it just takes time. The oil radiator is also mobile and very heavy on rollers. The fan heater is ready for use very quickly and can be set up to save space or mounted on the wall. The devices are usually very light and give off the warmth already after few seconds to the room air. While the oil radiator still gives off the heat after switching off, the heater fan also stops replenishing warm air directly after switching off.

How long should a fan heater be run?

The fan heater is generally most suitable for temporary, i.e. temporary use. In continuous operation, as is usual with industrial fan heaters, the electricity costs also rise significantly. Modern appliances from well-known manufacturers have an automatic overheating system. When purchasing, you should read the operating instructions to find out at which temperature the fan heater switches itself off automatically. This is also the point at which the device can no longer be used until it has cooled down and thus also the maximum time of use. On a low level, for example for warming up cold feet in the office, the fan heater can run for several hours at a time without any problems.

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  • 2 Heat Settings (750 and 1500 watts)
  • 4-position Function Switch (off/fan/low/high)
  • Fan-only Setting
  • Internal Heat Limiting Thermostat
  • Thermal Cutoff Safety Device
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