Bookmark and Share



A heater is an object that emits heat or causes another body to achieve a higher temperature. In a household or domestic setting, heaters are usually appliances whose purpose is to generate heating (i.e. warmth). Heaters exists for all states of matter, including solids, liquids and gases.

Most homes will have some form of heating, central, underfloor, woodburner, etc.

Many people with swimming pools may also opt for a pool water heating system, ensuring year round use of the pool.

Heaters for the outdoors are also very popular for cooler evenings.

The opposite of a heater (for warmth) is an air cooler (for cold) (see air conditioning) used to keep the user cooler than the temperature originally surrounding them.

Types of heaters

  • Air heater
  • Block heater
  • Cathode heater
  • Central heater
  • Ceramic heater
  • Dielectric heater
  • District heater
  • Electric heater
  • Air conditioner
  • Convector heater
  • Fan heater
  • Flameless ration heater
  • Gas heater
  • Gasoline heater
  • Geothermal heater
  • Heating pad
  • Heat pump
  • Hydronic heater
  • Induction heater
  • Infrared heater
  • Kerosene heater
  • Oil heater
  • Masonry heater
  • Micathermic heater
  • Radioisotope heater unit
  • Salamander heater
  • Solar furnace