Electric heaters do not have to be expensive or inefficient. There are now energy-saving and efficient models that have been optimized in terms of consumption and heat output and are suitable for rooms of different sizes. Whether you end up buying a cheap, energy-saving electric heater or opting for an expensive and high-performance model, of course, depends on your needs and the type of electric heater you are looking.
In the test, we examined various economical electric heaters and put the best energy-saving electric heaters together for you in our list of the best.
What are the best energy-saving electric heaters in India?
The heater is mounted on the wall and stores the heat through an internal fireclay core, which releases it slowly and continuously, which is very important for the sole heating of a room. Due to the relatively high price, it pays for itself only slowly compared to other electric heaters, but the more you use it, the more it pays off.
Thanks to the thermal overheating protection and the integrated programmable thermostat, the radiator can be precisely adjusted so that you can keep the desired temperature in an energy-saving manner. The wall brackets are already included in the scope of delivery and the radiator is completely ready to the plugin so that you do not have to take any further measures and can put the radiator into operation immediately.
Thanks to the high-quality powder coating and solid construction, it can be used in all rooms – even in damp rooms such as the bathroom or basement. A child safety device is also installed and the integrated frost protection mode means that the radiator can also be used in rooms with water pipes in winter. Unfortunately, the setting is a bit cumbersome, but once it has been set correctly, the radiator is very suitable for continuous operation.
A room thermostat and a safety thermostat as overheating protection are already installed and thanks to frost protection, the heating can also be used in rooms with pipes in winter. Thanks to the tilt protection, the heater is also very secure, but can also be mounted on the wall if necessary. The device can be easily moved and moved to a different position thanks to the rollers.
Thanks to Energy Technology, the device uses 100% of the nominal power and remains cool enough that you don’t get burned. The three-layer heating element distributes the heat very uniformly, which means that the bottom line is that the radiator runs very efficiently. In particular, the aluminium sheet in the middle ensures good heat output because it gives off radiant heat to the surrounding objects and surfaces.
Apart from the relatively loud hum, which can be annoying in the bedroom, it is a very recommendable and, above all, economical device.
Infrared heating is also ideal for damp rooms thanks to the closed construction. Due to the great advantage of not permanently heating the room, but of heating surfaces, objects and people directly if necessary, infrared heating can be used sparingly, even if it is not so well suited for heating rooms and heating the air in the room alone. You can also use infrared heating for selective areas in larger rooms so that a warm area is created there without the rest of the room must be heated.
In terms of price, this solution is also very interesting, so that the bottom line is that the price-performance ratio is very good. A thermostat is not included with the device, so you can only actively switch it on and off. If necessary, you must retrofit a socket thermostat, although this only really makes sense when used in very small rooms.
Types of electric heaters
Before comparing different models, you should consider which design you prefer, and which is best suited for the intended use. The following is an overview of the four most common types.
Convector electric heating
Convectors are inexpensive direct heaters that are particularly suitable for small rooms. They are based on the principle of convection, so that they are ideally placed under a window because then an ideal circuit is created so that the metal cooling fins of the convector can give off heat to the room.
Radiator electric heating
In contrast to convectors, radiators are closed and are therefore also suitable for damp rooms. Inside, a liquid (e.g. oil in an oil radiator) is heated, which leads to a longer heat release but also a slower heating time. The ribs enlarge the surface to increase the heating power.
With infrared heating, the air in the room is not heated directly, but the infrared rays hit the floor, objects and people and heat them directly. As a result, the effect can be felt immediately and good results can be achieved, especially in small rooms with smooth floors and walls, as the heated elements also release the heat into the room. A big advantage of this type of heating is the fact that the air does not become dry.
Area storage heater
A panel radiator is a large electric radiator that is designed to heat entire rooms. The heaters are often quite flat and can be mounted directly on the wall.
Inside, a core is heated, which releases the heat with a delay and for a long time via convection.
Performance and energy-saving potential
The energy required to heat a room with an electric heater can be calculated quite precisely depending on the insulation of the building. Using the required wattage per square meter, you can quickly calculate the power that the device should have. Sufficiently high output is important so that the thermostat can work at all and the room can be brought to the desired temperature. Otherwise, the heating will run continuously, which should not be the case with energy-saving usage.
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Do not forget that heating with electricity is generally relatively expensive.
In general, electric heaters that heat up more slowly, but also release the energy more long-term and more evenly, are significantly more economical than convectors, which heat up immediately and quickly, but cool down again just as quickly. A thermostat and frost protection should always be available so that you do not have to run the radiator continuously in winter when there is a risk of frost.
If you choose a freestanding model, be aware that the surfaces can get quite hot at times. There is therefore even a risk of injury to children or pets. Especially when the radiator can tip over. In particular, the light models sometimes tip over quite quickly. Reliable tilt protection is therefore a must for children in the household.
Overheating protection should always be available so that you can use the device without problems even in continuous operation. It should also be possible to change the desired performance individually. This is particularly useful if you want to use the device flexibly in different rooms.
About operation, you should orientate yourself on your preferences. Some models can be operated by remote control or touch control, but this is certainly not a must.