I need to heat a room that doesn't have any other means. I've weighed
my options and have decided that for this year an electric heater is the
best option. Perhaps next year a pellet stove, but this year that type of
expenditure is out of the question.
Anyhow, what is the most efficient electric heater available? I was
thinking of the oil radiator type. Since it would continue to warm the room
even after the element has shut off. Any thoughts or ideas?
Your best option is to contact a local HVAC professional to take a look
at your situation and make suggestions based on your specific situation and
local conditions. They are likely to find solutions that are better than
you thought possible. That's their job. Check with friends and neighbors
to find a good one.
Note: as long as you are using resistance electric (that is electric
other than heatpump) they all have exactly 100% efficiency by design. Some
may be more even, more convenient etc but they are all the same efficiency.
Depends on how quickly you want to heat the room. Radiator types take a bit
longet to heat up and cool down, but are lees prone to burning flesh when
touched. Radiator types usually have a timer that you can set to
automatically turn on and off during different parts of the day.
I share the observations that the others have made.
Choice of type of heater depends on how you intend to use it:
For whole room heat, select a heater with large surface area, that will
evenly distribute heat throughout the room. Heaters most suitable for
this application are oil-filled, convection type.
Personal heaters, are used to heat a specific area or person in the
room. Heaters most suitable for this application are quartz, ceramic,
parabolic & small radiant or convection style. Hope this helps.
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All electric heaters are 100% efficient. The oil type tends to radiate from
a larger area than the smaller elements, but the operating cost is the same.
Yes, it radiates heat after the elements shuts off, but it also takes time
for the oil to absorb that heat. No cost difference, but it may seem a bit
more gentle to people in the room.
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