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Panel Heaters

Panel heaters are convection heaters and provide warmth based on the principle of hot air attracting cool air over a large panel surface.

Fibre Panel heaters use convection and radiant technology to draw cold air in and radiate warm air out, using less electricity than other room heaters. They're silent in operation, wall fixed saving space and compliment heating from heat pumps.

Areas to heat:

These icons represent a typical room type, based on a 2.4 metre ceiling stud. They are a general room guide only.

The heating size icon suggests the ideal wattage size heater for that area. Panel heaters are ideal for small size rooms.

Costs explained:

How to work out the approximate cost of using your heater.

The information provided assumes the thermostat is operating efficiently due to the house being insulated, having curtains and no significant draught ingress. Power pricing information should be used as a guide only and can differ from region to region.

*Based on 0.282c per kWh being the average kWh price across New Zealand (Source: Contact Energy website)

+Based on 0.282c per kWh, average 3 hours per day for 30 days with a thermostat operating.

Mitre 10 have made every effort to ensure that the information in this guide is correct at time of printing and cannot be held responsible for any misunderstanding, disputes or claims relating to any consumer’s power usage.

Heating tips to save money:

These allow the heater to register the room temperature and switch the heater on and off automatically to maintain the set temperature.

Thermostats - These allow the heater to register the room temperature and switch the heater on and off automatically to maintain the set temperature.

Timers - Leaving heaters on for too long can be a waste of money. A timer that switches the heater on or off automatically will save you money. If your heater doesn’t feature a timer, then separate timers can be used (check the manufacturer’s recommendations).

Energy Meters - A great tool that shows the level of ‘energy/power’ your heater is drawing and helps you monitor your energy use throughout the winter.

Dehumidifiers - Dehumidifiers extract moisture from the air, making your home drier, healthier and more cost effective to heat.

Safety tips:

Be careful where you position your heater, there needs to be at least 1 metre clearance from curtains, furniture and even people. Do not use your heater to warm or dry clothes. Keep your clothes rack at least 1 metre from your heater.

Do not put heaters in high traffic areas; this will reduce the risk of them being knocked over.

Clean your heater regularly. The most common cause of overheating is a dust or fluff build up in the heater. Ensure these are removed by unplugging the heater and vacuum cleaning the air vents and grills.

Do not place heaters in wardrobes or other enclosed spaces as this may cause fire hazards.

The use of an extension cord or power board with heaters is not recommended.

Mitre 10 recommend you read and follow the specific instructions in the user manual of your selected model.

All homes should have smoke alarms installed. Never leave heaters unattended, especially when children are present.