Portable radiators are an option recommended to heat small apartments or second homes.
If the climate isn’t too cold, a removable heater has several advantages:
- They are cheap
- They can be moved from one room to another
- You don’t need any type of construction or installation
To these three advantages, you could also add that it affects your spending. If you're going to use it to heat during specific times, you can save a lot on electric consumption, especially if you contract a rate that allows you to choose the times at which electricity is free for you.
We present you with the most used types of radiators so that you can choose according to your needs.
Butane heaters: cheap but inconvenient
- Work with: butane.
- Advantages: they quickly heat any room and consume relatively little, and so they end up being cheap.
- Disadvantages: you need to change the canister when it runs out, and so you always need to have a replacement handy. In addition, they consume oxygen and release carbon dioxide, and so they are not recommended for small spaces like bedrooms and bathrooms.
Paraffin heaters: fast but with little autonomy
- Work with: liquid paraffin.
- Advantages: ideal for large bedrooms. They heat up very fast and include air safety systems. Plus, because they don’t weigh very much, it is easy to move them from one place to another.
- Disadvantages: they have much less autonomy than butane heaters. If the fuel of a butane heater can last 60 hours, paraffin runs out in 18 hours. It is very important to verify that they have both an anti-spill system and a filling alarm. After the fuel runs out, they must be refilled with paraffin. Even though it is more simple than with a butane canister, it is still a hassle.