What are the benefits of different heater types?

What are the benefits of different heater types?

Heater Type

Best For:

Heating Speed

Approximate Running Cost

Approximate Purchase Cost

Ducted Reverse-Cycle Air Conditioner

Entire House (can be zoned)

Fast

Medium - High
(depends on zoning needs)

$5,000-$15,000

Fan Heater

One person or small room

Medium

Medium to High

$60-$900

Gas Ducted Heater

Entire house (can be zoned)

Fast

High

$4,000-$10,000

Gas Space Heater

Any room

Fast

Medium

$600-$3000

Hydronic Heater

Entire house (can be zoned)

Slow

Low to High (depending on boiler type)

$10,000-$30,000

Infrared Heater

Only heats objects directly in line of heater - does not heat spaces

Instant

Medium to High

$300-$900

Oil Column Heater

Small room

Slow

Medium to High

$50-$380

Panel/Convection Heater

Small to medium room

Medium

Medium to High

$30-$700

Personal Heater

One person

Fast

Low

$30-$250

Portable Reverse-Cycle Air Conditioner

Small to medium room

Fast

Low to medium

$300-$1300

Radiant Heater

One person

Fast

Medium to High

$20-$200

Split-System Reverse-Cycle Air Conditioner

Any room, entire small or medium house

Fast

Low to Medium

$600-$5500

Underfloor Heating

Bathroom or a small, well-insulated house

Medium

Very High

$1,000-$3,000 per room


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