How to choose your electric heater

2 June 2021

You want to install an electric heater in your home, but do not know which one to prefer? Let us help you choose the most suitable electric radiator according to your needs!

Different types of electric radiators

There are different types of electric radiators. In order to choose the best solution for your situation, it is important to know the advantages and disadvantages of the main systems.


The plinth is particularly popular in Quebec. It warms the ambient air that quietly rises along the walls.
It has several advantages that are adapted to our harsh winter:

  • The purchase and installation are inexpensive.
  • Operation is easy.

However, it also has some drawbacks:

  • The heat produced is uneven.
  • It emits sounds when it changes temperature.
  • It can cause burns on contact with the device.


A convector is a heating system that projects hot air into the room more evenly:

  • It distributes heat more evenly than the baseboard, but less than the radiant heater.
  • Its operation is quieter than that of the skirting board.
  • It is available in a wide variety of formats, allowing increased flexibility in the installation.
  • Various features found on these units increase the safety of use.

However, there are considerations:

  • The cost of the convector is much higher than that of the baseboard.
  • The air current thrown by the device raises dust, which can be disturbing for allergic individuals.

Electric Radiant Heating

To warm a room quietly, an electric radiant heater can be a good alternative. Without circulating air, the heating unit becomes a hot mass that increases the temperature of the floor and furniture nearby.
Benefits include:

  • The heat is uniform and enveloping.
  • It is completely silent.
  • It is very effective in airy places.

However, these devices:

  • Will cost more than convectors.
  • Do not heat rooms quickly.
  • Are not suitable for large areas.

Other tips for choosing your electric radiator:

First, assess your needs in terms of cost, room size and efficiency in order to choose the most appropriate electric radiator.

Note that it is possible to combine several types of devices in the same house, depending on the characteristics of each room and occupancy.

For example, less used rooms can be heated more slowly or less evenly. With this in mind, it may not be necessary to invest in an expensive electric radiator for these areas.

Finally, you can always add thermostats and energy managers to increase the performance of your machines.

In any case, be sure to ask a specialist to install, maintain and repair your heating system.

For advice on choosing your electric radiator, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts.