How much does it cost to run a fan heater per hour? How to calculate usage costs

An electric fan heater on the floor of a living room
An electric fan heater can be handy for heating rooms on a one-off basis (Image credit: Getty)

British homeowners seeking  alternatives to central heating might be wondering how much does it cost to run a fan heater amid lingering fears over energy costs.

Heaters that don’t form part of a property’s inbuilt central heating system are often, perhaps unfairly, maligned as hugely energy inefficient, but the truth is the cost depends on when, where, and how you use them.

Sam Webb

Sam is based in Coventry and has been a news reporter for nearly 20 years. His work has featured in the Mirror, The Sun, MailOnline, the Independent, and news outlets throughout the world.  As a copywriter, he has written for clients as diverse as Saint-Gobain, Michelin, Halfords Autocentre, Great British Heating, and Irwin Industrial Tools. During the pandemic, he converted a van into a mini-camper and is currently planning to convert his shed into an office and Star Wars shrine.