As electric fireplace specialists, we would like to think that every room needs a fireplace. However, even we have to admit that some rooms just don’t lend themselves to an electric fireplace. When you need supplemental heat and there isn’t space for a fireplace, or the heating requirements are greater than can be met by an electric fireplace, it may be time to consider other electric heating options. Dimplex makes a range of electric heaters to suit various situations. These are some of our favourites.
The best electric heater to fit into a tight space
The Dimplex Under Cabinet Heater fits into the 4” kickspace below a cabinet, or into a stair riser. It has a built-in fan to circulate the heat. A single unit comes with grills in black, white and silver, as well as trim kits in black and white. It may be wired to 120 or 240 volts, with heat output ranging from 1535 BTUs at 450 watts to 6142 BTUs at 1800 watts. The versatility of this unit, and its design for existing spaces, makes it the best electric heater to fit into a tight space. This heater is ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, entry halls and basements, where you want warmth at floor level as well as throughout the room.
The best electric heater to fit into an existing wall
The Dimplex Precision Comfort Heater is the quietest fan heater on the market. It is designed to fit between the existing 2×4 studs in your home, or it can be surface mounted using an optional mounting frame. It connects to 240 volts, and provides 6824 BTUs of heat at 2000 watts. Like some Dimplex fireplaces, it has a heat boost timer, which provides timed, maximum heat output for faster heating of cold spaces. It also has an economy setting on the built-in electronic thermostat, which is compatible with Connex wireless controllers. The dust filter is removable and washable, which makes it ideal for homes with pets and allergy sufferers. Because of its narrow, shallow design and optional surface-mount frame, this is the best electric heater to fit into or onto an existing wall. Its quiet fan makes it ideal for bedrooms.
The best electric heater for baseboard installation
The Dimplex Linear Proportional Convector Heater is more compact that conventional baseboard heaters. It comes in sizes ranging from 20 to 60 inches, with a projection of less than 3 inches from the wall. It connects to 240 volts, and heat output ranges from 1706 BTUs at 20 inches, to 8530 BTUs at 60 inches. The electronic thermostat allows extremely accurate temperature control to within 0.5 degrees Celsius of the set temperature. Heat discharge is up to 40 percent faster than conventional baseboard heaters, and it consumes up to 33 percent less energy than conventional baseboard heaters and thermostats. Because of its compact profile and built-in electronic thermostat, this is the best electric heater for baseboard installation.
The best electric heater for outdoor applications
The Dimplex Indoor-Outdoor Infrared Heater has a sleek profile and stainless steel finish. Nextrema Schott glass ensures even heat distribution with minimal light emissions. It may be mounted to wall or ceiling with the included brackets. The beauty of infrared heat is that it warms surfaces, not the air; if you are sitting or standing within range of the heater you will feel warm instantly, regardless of wind. This heater comes in 3 models with different heat outputs: 1500 watts on 120 volts; 1800 watts on 240 volts; and 2200 wats on 240 volts. All units have 3 heat settings, and a programmable timer and remote control. This heater is ideal for patios, balconies, and sunrooms. With its sleek design and infrared heating technology, it is the best electric heater for outdoor applications.
There are other options, but these are the best electric heaters for various applications and unique installations that you may have.
Stylish Fireplaces & Interiors specializes in electric fireplaces and custom designs. They also represent electric heaters from Dimplex. Their Toronto area showroom features over 50 electric fireplaces and a sample of all of the heaters mentioned above. They are NFI Certified Hearth Design Specialists, and are qualified to consult on any fireplace project. Their showroom features many wall coverings, as well as custom fireplace doors, screens and accessories.