Room Heater Types: Know before you buy

If you are a wise consumer, then before buying a room heater it would be a good idea to get all kinds of information about room heater types.

There are different brands of room heaters available in the market to suit every buyer, giving you different options according to the features and cost.

But it is not right to buy these room heaters available in the market without any information (or information given by the shopkeeper), because a conscious consumer first gathers information about these room heaters and then reaches the right decision.

So we are going to tell you all the information related to the room heater here.

Room Heater Types

There are broadly three types of room heaters:

  • Fan heater
  • Infrared heater
  • Oil filled heater

Fan Heater

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As the name suggests, a fan is attached to it, which throws hot air out. i.e. air passes through the heated ceramic coil and is pushed out by the fan. Due to its small size and ability to heat the room quickly, it can be seen in most homes.


  • Small and can be carried anywhere.
  • Heats the atmosphere faster than infrared heaters.
  • Throws hot air out quickly.
  • Perfect for smaller rooms/spaces.
  • Heats a larger space than an infrared heater.
  • Much less cost than an oil-filled heater.
  • ₹2000-3000 price


  • Makes a bit of noise.
  • Cannot be left unattended for long.
  • Nasal blockage and dryness may occur.
  • High consumption of electricity (about 2000 watts) i.e. not energy efficient, due to which the electricity bill comes from Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000.
  • It gets overheated.

Infrared Heater

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It does not have a fan but a rod is attached to it. Infrared rays are emitted when it becomes hot and red.


  • Low price compared to other types.
  • Option to fit on floors and walls.
  • Since it does not contain a fan, it is suitable for allergy and asthma patients.
  • It emits infrared rays and not hot air, so it does not cause nasal blockage and dryness.
  • Perfect for a small room/space.
  • The automatic temperature control feature makes it safe and effective.
  • Perfect to keep by the bed on cold winter nights.
  • Lower power consumption than other types (400 to 800 watts)
  • Doesn’t make noise (compared to fan heater)
  • Around ₹ 1000/-.


  • Radiant light a bit hot
  • Doesn’t heat the air but only heats things that come in the way of the heater.
  • Not safe for children and pets.
  • Cannot heat large space/room.
  • Does not give instant heat.

Oil Filled Heater

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It has neither fan nor rod but is filled with diathermic oil. As the oil filled in it heats up, it also heats the surrounding air. That is, the heat generated by electricity is absorbed by the diathermic oil and this heat is released outside the room through fins and columns.

Since it keeps the room warm for a long time and is safe, this type of heater is the most popular in the market.


  • The oil inside the heater is not used as fuel so is never used.
  • Can be left unattended for long periods of time.
  • Retains heat for a long time even after turning it off.
  • It is filled with oil, not a rod.
  • Maintenance is less and cost is less.
  • There is no fan so it does not make noise.
  • Keeps the room warm for a long time.
  • Useful for large size/space rooms
  • Low power consumption i.e. energy efficient
  • Lasts for more years than other heaters


  • The room warms up late.
  • Air movement required.
  • Does not give direct heat.
  • Expensive as compared to other heaters, the price ranges from around ₹8,000 to ₹ 15,000, depending on the number of fans it has.
  • Do not heat the room immediately.
  • Cannot be carried anywhere due to its large size.

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Written by Yogendra Rai

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