Heater Selection Tips
Learn how to select the right heater for your home by identifying your voltage and wattage needs with our Heater Selection Tips below.
Know Your Voltage
Before selecting an electric heater, determine if the voltage at your connection is 120 volt or 240 volt power supply.
3 ways to check your voltage:
- The most accurate way to check your voltage supply is with a voltmeter. -- WARNING: This test needs to be performed with the circuit breaker ‘On’. If you are uncomfortable working with live electrical circuits, please consult an electrician.
- If you're replacing an old heater, identify voltage on the old heater label.
- Check your circuit breaker to identify either Single Pole 120 volt or Double Pole 240 volt.
Know Your Wattage
Refer to our chart
Easily determine the wattage requirements of your room with our chart to the right.
The size of your room
Select the row with the closest square footage for the room you want to heat.
- Rooms with greater than average window space, increase wattage by 50%
- If wattage recommendation falls between two heaters, select the heater with higher wattage
- A heat loss calculation should be performed if your home falls outside of these standards.
General rule of thumb
The Wattage Selection Guide recommends approximately 6 watts per square foot for newer homes and 10 watts per square foot for older homes. If you live in a higher altitude or colder climate, we recommend adding 2 watts per square foot.
|IMPORTANT CIRCUIT INFORMATION
Check and abide by all electrical safety codes
Circuits must be derated by 20%
A SAFETY CODE REQUIREMENT.
Heating circuit hints
When connecting an electric heater to 120-volt dedicated circuits:
When connecting an electric heater to 120-volt existing circuits:
When connecting an electric heater to 240-volt circuits using:
a. 20 amp double pole circuit breaker,
b. A 30 amp double pole circuit breaker,