Which Heater is right for you?
So you are considering purchasing a Wood Heater but there are so many to choose from and its easy
to be confused.Well lets see if we can help you make a choice which works best for your home and your
pocket. Lets face it if you buy wisely a Wood heater will be a seasonal work horse for warmth and provide
excellent efficency and sustainable energy for years.
RADIANT OR CONVECTION
You may have heard the terms radiant heat, so what does it mean. A radiant heater is a uncased heater. The heat generated from the firebox will warm the objects and furniture in the room as well as the air. A radiant heater is ideal for homes with high or cathedral ceilings.
A convection heater has an outer casing which serves two purposes. Firstly, to reduce clearances to combustible surfaces at the sides and rear. Secondly, to create a convection chamber for the fan forced air to pass through and be returned to the room as warm air.
INBUILT OR FREE-STANDING
The Nectre inbuilt heater is designed to be installed into an existing masonry fireplace. The freestanding models are available on either legs or pedestal. Once you have decided on the type of model heater you require, you then need to determine the size of the area you are planning to heat.
Now, it is time to work out the area of your home you are planning to heat. We recommend that if you are unable to determine the size of the area, that you supply your local dealer with drawings of your home. Our dealers will be able to assist you in determining the total square metre you plan to heat. As all wood and gas heaters have a wide range of heating capacities you need to select the correct appliance to suit your requirements.
This is one of the key questions, what size do you want to heat ?, a lounge, open living, or the entire home. We work on either house squares (100 sq. feet) or Square metres (m2).
Up to 140m2
Up to 185m2
Up to 320m2
A well insulated home will retain the heat produced by your appliance effectively maximising the efficiency and reducing the running costs. However, a home that is not well insulated will lose heat through the walls, ceilings and windows. Therefore, the heat output must be sufficient to heat both the area within the home and allow for the heat that will be lost. Also consider the climate you live in.
HEIGHT OF CEILINGS
The height of the ceilings is one of the factors you must consider when choosing your heater. For a home with a standard ceiling height (2.4m), you could choose from either a convection or radiant heater. For ceilings above 2.4m a radiant heater with a ceiling fan is recommended. Radiant heaters will heat the objects in the room whereas convection units will heat the air.
CLEARANCE TO COMBUSTIBLES
For all homes where installation is tight, a convection heater is recommended. Convection units are constructed with an outer convection chamber which reduces the amount of heat emitted from the sides and rear of the appliance therefore reducing the required clearances. Hence, the heater can be installed closer to combustible materials. All heaters must be installed to the approved tested clearances as stated in their installation instructions.
The Baker’s Ovens and Pizza Oven are all designed for cooking/heating. The original Nectre freestanding range of combustions heaters all have the capability of being used as a cook top.
All Nectre heaters, except for the Baker’s Oven and Pizza Oven can be have an optional fan fitted. The fans are designed to be fitted to convection heaters to assist in circulating the lower level cooler air back into the room as warm air by forcing it through the convection chamber. The fan available for the convection heaters with pedestal are fitted with a double barrel three speed fan, whereas the leg model fans are single barrel three speed fans which attached to the bottom of the rear heat shield and protrude 75mm from the rear of the heater. Radiant heaters can have a fan installed; however, due to the heater not having a convection chamber the fan will push the heat up the back of the heater towards the ceiling. A ceiling fan should be considered when installing a radiant heater in rooms with higher ceilings as they will assist in circulating the warm air evenly throughout the room.