Best Electric Heaters for Large Rooms

Open plan living room with staircase

Trying to keep a large room warm can sometimes feel like an impossible task and no matter how hard you try, somehow the heat is never going to where it’s needed. Maybe you’re trying to heat a high-ceilinged Victorian property and none of the warmth is staying near the floor, or perhaps you’re living in an open-plan home where the heat quickly drifts to other areas. Whatever type of spacious interior you need to heat, we can help. There are lots of products that effectively heat large rooms – all you need to know is which ones do it best and which ones you should avoid.

Which electric heaters are least effective for large spaces?

High ceilinged room with large windowsWhen you’re trying to heat a large room efficiently, there’s one type of heating system that you should avoid at all costs: convection heaters. This includes products like panel heaters, fan heaters and storage heaters, all of which rely on warming the surrounding air to keep spaces warm.

The reason these appliances aren’t good at heating spacious areas is because hot air naturally rises, and if you’ve got a high-ceilinged space, that means you lose all of that heat to the top of the room. The ceiling might be nice and warm, but sadly, you won’t be able to say the same about your feet. Your heaters could be blowing out warm air until they’re blue in the thermostat and still not make a dent in the chill. This means you’re not only wasting warmth; you’re wasting money too.

If your room doesn’t have a high ceiling but does have an open-plan layout, you’ll still likely find convection-based products less effective because heated air can easily flow away to other unoccupied spaces. To warm an expansive area, you’re going to need a product that offers a high amount of radiant heat. Here are the best options…

How to heat large rooms with electric

So, what is the best electric heater for large rooms? There are a couple of options at your disposal that we recommend for hard-to-heat spaces:

- Ceramic radiators
- No-glare infrared heaters

And what do these products have in common? They offer a large amount of radiant heat which is key to keeping lofty or expansive interiors comfortably warm. The reason radiant heat is so important is because this type of warmth is directional, meaning where you point the appliance is where your heat is going to go. Another reason radiant heat is so effective is that it’s absorbed and retained by the surfaces in your home. As your walls and floor slowly warm up, all of that heat is locked into place, keeping the room at an even ambient temperature. So now you know a little about why these heaters are the superior choice, let’s take a look at the specifics…

Ceramic electric radiators

Ecostrad iQ Ceramic electric radiator on wallThe ceramic plates in these radiators are the entire reason they’re so fantastic for hard-to-heat interiors. As a heating medium, ceramic is able to absorb and retain heat well, whilst also emitting warmth out into the room with greater intensity. Where a standard electric radiator emits roughly a third of its heat as radiation, a ceramic equivalent produces around 50% - a significant increase if you need help heating an open-plan living space. Another large plus point to ceramic radiators is that their superior heat retention means they stay warmer for longer, allowing you to keep rooms cosy using less energy.

Our ceramic radiators come in both traditional and modern styles to suit a variety of interiors and are manufactured with their control systems built directly into the appliance. Once they’re set up, you can create your own custom heating schedule then leave it to run itself, monitoring your room’s heat levels with near perfect precision. These heaters are a great choice if you want quick, hassle-free set up and some models even offer smart control options right out of the box if you want something that’s intelligent and easy to manage. A fantastic choice for rooms with high ceilings, ceramic radiators are a versatile option that let you enjoy comfortable heat in moments.

Recommended products:

- Ecostrad iQ Ceramic
- Technotherm KS TDI & DSM

No-glare infrared heater

ecostrad Thermostrip on wallThis particular type of heater is somewhere between an infrared panel and an electric patio heater. It has a robust output that can cover large areas but uses a gentler form of warmth that’s perfect for round-the-clock use. These heaters solely emit radiant heat and can be installed on the ceiling so that they point directly down and send all of their warmth to living levels first, or they can be mounted high on the wall and angled toward areas you use the most. Using this method, you can direct heat to the spaces you occupy regularly, without having to waste energy heating areas of the room that don’t get used. No-glare infrared heaters, like the ecostrad Thermostrip, don’t come with their controls built in so you will have to purchase them with an external thermostat. However, this does mean you’re free to choose the heat management system you prefer.

Recommended products:

- Ecostrad Thermostrip
- Herschel Aspect XL

Find the right product at Electric Radiators Direct

Don’t suffer a second longer with a heating system that doesn’t do the job – browse our range of products that are ideal for keeping large spaces warm and comfortable. If the space you’re looking to heat has a standard ceiling height of 2.7m or less, you can use our radiator calculator to find an estimated wattage that will keep your room warm. Or, if you’re dealing with a high-ceilinged room, call our Sales team directly on 0330 300 4444 who can make a free, no obligation quote tailored to your property.

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