Over the years I've collected a few different types of heaters: oil heater, small fan heater, ceramic heater with fan. All of these heat the air which then goes straight up to the high ceiling and we don't feel it at ground level. The master bedroom is on the second floor just off the lounge and the difference in the air temperature between the lounge ground level and the lounge ceiling is remarkable.
Someone suggested I get an infrared heater, which I understand is also called a radiant heater. These operate by heating the people and not the air. Sounded good so I visited Mitre 10, Bunnings and The Warehouse. All had radiant heaters of different sizes and ratings but nobody could explain to me the difference between them. Hopefully someone here can.
I was looking at a smallish three bar radiant heater, with a 2400W rating for $49.99, and comparing it with a four bar radiant heater with a 2200W rating for $117. The four bar was about twice the size of the three bar, and on castors.
My question was if the smaller, cheaper heater put out more heat than the larger more expensive heater, why would anyone buy the bigger one? Or was I missing something? Was it perhaps 2200W per bar, in which case I can understand the larger heater generating more heat (2200 x 4 bars verses 2400 x 3 bars)? the shop assistants couldn't answer my question.