It’s cold in northern India and several parts of the world, and I just bought a new heater after thorough research and market study.
If you are looking to buy a new heater, it is essential to know the choices available and the pros and cons of each.
I have also listed the Top 4 Heaters To Buy in India for your convenience.
The four types of heaters are most commonly used for heating small offices or rooms.
The four types of heaters available in the market currently:
Halogen Heater – Affordable, Good for small offices or room, consumes Less Electricity
Quartz Heater – Useful for Small Rooms and similar to Halogen Heaters
Blower – Best For Quick Heating and Air Circulation, ideal for small office or room.
Oil Heater – Excellent for Health and Doesn’t cause dryness or reduce the Oxygen in the room. Ideal for large offices or rooms.
Let’s compare Halogen Vs. Quartz Vs. Blower Vs. Oil Heater and find out which is the best choice for you.
Halogen Lamp Heaters
Useful for – Small Rooms and Offices, Very Silent Operation, emit Light.
These are the most common heaters available and are popular due to several factors.
These heaters come with a filament lamp filled with Halogen gas, and these are pretty energy-efficient and emit less UV light than most other types of filament tubes.
These are very effective in heating small rooms and offices and come with either two Halogen lamp tubes or three. Several brands make these heaters, such as Orpat, Sunflame, Maharaja, Bajaj, Havells, etc.
Halogen heaters consume less electricity and are one of the most efficient heaters on the market.
Typically all these heaters come in either 800 watts (2 tubes) or 1200 watts (3 tubes).
Most of these will have the option to use either 1-2-3 tubes per requirement and come with a rotating motor at the bottom to ensure that heater can rotate. There are no fans in these as these heaters blow the air.
There is no warranty for the Rods. These are cheaply available in the local market for Rs. 50 to Rs. 75.
You can purchase these for a starting price of Rs. 1800 and goes upto Rs. 2500 depending on the brand.
We also recently wrote about the Smart Plugs you can use with a heater or more home gadgets worth buying.
Useful for – Small Rooms and Offices. Very Silent Operation, emit Light.
Quartz heaters are also made by several brands like Usha, Maharaja Whiteline, etc. Typically you will find heaters with two Quartz Rods, which are of lower wattage, 800 watts.
The Quartz heating system consists of light tubes filled with Quartz ar a twisted cylinder with mercury and argon. When the current flows through this setup, ions are created, and heat/light is emitted.
You can buy a Quartz Heater for even Rs. 1300 with upto 2 rods, 800 Watts capacity.
There is a slightly higher failure of Quartz Rods Vs. the Halogen Lamps based on my discussion with some of the retailers in the local stores.
Useful for – Small Rooms and Offices, Fan Noise, No Light
The third popular category of home heaters is the blowers. These are available from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 2500 based on the brand.
Typically you will find these to me with 2000 Watts of consumption and offer different features.
Some of the brands like USHA, Orpat, and Havells sell these types of heaters in the market.
Further, these have a metallic filament that becomes hot when the current passes. Then the fan blows the hot air from inside to the room.
The new heater from Orpat has a very pleasing design and is currently available for just Rs. 1399, which is a good deal for the price.
Some of the blowers come with over-heat protection and even have a thermostat for auto-cutting.
These are the most reliable of the lot as no halogen or quartz tubes can fail. These consume slightly more energy for the same amount of heat and also make some noise due to the fan.
Oil Heaters (Useful for Large offices or Homes)
Useful for – Big Rooms and Offices. Very Silent Operation, Take some time to start heating. Very Expensive.
The oil heaters are the most expensive among all heaters but are very capable of heating big rooms and offices. These are also highly energy-efficient and quiet.
The Havells OFR – 11Fin 2900-Watt heater is currently available for Rs. 13,999 and is a good deal if you are looking for a silent long-term heating solution for a large space.
The oil in the heat pipes heats up by the current and flows into the fins that heat the room air. There is a fan in the assembly that helps dissipate the heat.
Typically, you will buy one of these oil heaters for Rs. 9000 to Rs. 15,000 in the market or online.
The oil heaters require more power and can use up to 3000 Watts. You get three typical settings – 1000/1500/2500 and additional 400 Watts of energy for the fan.
There is Overheat protection and tilt over switch for safety.
Oil Heaters are suitable for heating larger areas like restaurants or offices. However, you will mostly see people using 2-3 Halogen heaters in the banks or big offices in winter as they still cost way less.
Another advantage of the oil heaters is low maintenance as they don’t have any rods or tubes that need replacement.
At the beginning of the article, I told you that I had just bought one. I purchased the three-tube Halogen heater from Orpat, and it was a low price and worked well.