Space Heater Buying Guide

Choosing the Right Space Heater for You and Your Space

Space heaters provide heat where extra heat is needed in a house, office, garage, or outdoor space. Choosing the right one depends on the space you want to heat up, how quickly you need to heat the space, and how many you want to keep warm. First, let’s look at various space heaters and what they do so you can consider the right match for what you need. Then, let’s review the space heaters available at your local Murdoch’s.

Electric Space Heaters

Designed to heat a single room or small space, an electric space heater uses electricity to blow hot air from a heating element through a fan. These portable units add instant heat to a small space and are a go-to for heating 130-150 square-foot rooms like a bedroom or small living room. At Murdoch’s, the Comfort Zone Ceramic Heater with Thermostat and Fan is a compact ceramic heater with two heat settings that produce enough heat to warm up a 130-square-foot room. You get a bit of a boost with the Comfort Zone Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater, a heater with a non-glowing ceramic element that has two heat settings and oscillates 80 degrees to evenly heat rooms up to 150 square feet.

Murdoch’s also carries two electric forced fan ceiling mount heaters, designed for wide-air distribution for industrial applications such as a workshop or garage. The Comfort Zone Forced Fan Ceiling Mount Heater 5000W requires a hard-wired 240-volt connection and will heat up to 1,000 square feet. The Comfort Zone Forced Fan Ceiling Mount Heater 7500W requires the same 240-volt connection and heats up to 1,250 square feet.

Oil-Filled Radiator Heaters

Ideal for the long-term heating of a medium or large room, oil-filled radiator heaters efficiently produce radiant heat from fins filled with oil. Electric heating elements heat the oil-filled fins, creating radiant heat that lasts for hours. For indoor or residential use, the Comfort Zone Deluxe Oil-Filled Radiator Heater has three heat settings and can fill a 650-square-foot room with maximum heat coverage in less than two hours.

Kerosene Space Heaters

Kerosene heaters have higher efficiency than electric heaters and can have a higher heat output than electric units of similar size. Handy during power outages, these space heaters use natural convection to circulate heat. The Mr. Heater Blue Flame Vent Free Heater, equipped with a thermostat, provides superior heat control when you want to supplement your main heat sources. The heater generates 30,000 BTU per hour and heats up to 750 square feet.

Propane & Gas Heaters

Great options for the outdoors, workshop, garage, or job site, these heavy-duty units come in stationary and portable options and offer outputs of 80,000 BTU or higher. Generally, propane and gas are clean-burning, reliable, efficient, cheaper than electric, and portable.

The Mr. Heater 85,000 BTU Force Air Propane Heater is one of those higher-BTU brutes. The unit heats approximately 2,215 square feet and has technology that makes it 50% quieter than standard propane heaters. The Mr. Heater 80,000 BTU Big Maxx Natural Gas Heater efficiently heats up to 1,000 square feet and features a power exhaust for vertical and horizontal heating, making it ideal for a multi-car garage.

Patio Gas Heaters

With a nice glow and a dash of decoration for a warm ambiance, a patio gas heater delivers heat to living spaces on a patio or balcony. A radiant heating appliance for outdoor use, a patio gas heater burns liquefied gas, either butane, propane, or natural. Types of patio gas heaters include mounted, standing, tabletop, and hanging, each with models of varying heat ranges. The 47,000 BTUs of a Sontax Steel Patio Heater, available at Murdoch’s, will heat an area of approximately 16 feet, or 250 square feet. Powder-coated for an antique look, this durable propane-powered patio heater is portable and ready to take the chill out of an outdoor gathering.

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