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Credit Crunch, High Fuel Prices......I need a cost effective electric heater???

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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
I have two rooms with no radiators and want to buy a flat radiator (electric) for one room and a larger heater (electric) for another.

Any deals would be great, but more importantly are the running costs, which need to be as low (cost effective) as possible?

Any help would be warmly welcomed.....
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
Go for oil fired - Delonghi do some good ones. Put them on a socket timer to ensure they are only on when required.
#2
If the room is small and doesn't need much heating then these are nice and slim and you can paint them too.
http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index/Heating_Index/Slim_Heat/index.html

As for the bigger room you may want to go for a gas heater instead like this. http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=1500001151&productId=1500250141&langId=-1&engine=froogle&keyword=DeLonghi+SBF+Silver+Portable+Gas+Heater+4.2kW
#3
Some random thoughts:

Electric heaters won't vary in efficiency.

However you do it a kilowatt out of the wall socket is dissipated as a kilowatt of heat, whether it's a fancy ceramic matrix heater or a big tin box with a nicrome element in the bottom.

The only difference is whether there's a fan, which would move the air through the heater quicker, so the initial heat up would be faster.

If you can improve the place's insulation, that would help a lot, whatever the heating.

I assume there's no gas available. If there is, you could look at a gas panel heater, or a balanced flue one. Cost per kilowatt should be cheaper with gas, although both a new heater and a gas feed could be expensive capital cost to install.

Don't know whether a portable bottle has heater would cost les per kilowatt to run, though you'd have condensation, ventilation, size and fuel storage issues to deal with - you'll have to research and do the sums.

Any chance you can use ecomony 7 storage heating?
#4
GAVINLEWISHUKD
If the room is small and doesn't need much heating then these are nice and slim and you can paint them too.
http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index/Heating_Index/Slim_Heat/index.html

As for the bigger room you may want to go for a gas heater instead like this. http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=1500001151&productId=1500250141&langId=-1&engine=froogle&keyword=DeLonghi+SBF+Silver+Portable+Gas+Heater+4.2kW


Nice finds, have some rep, just ordered the flat panel heater.....may have to wait for the gas heater at £100, how much do you think the gas bottle would be and to fill up also?
#5
Some_Bloke
Some random thoughts:

Electric heaters won't vary in efficiency.

However you do it a kilowatt out of the wall socket is dissipated as a kilowatt of heat, whether it's a fancy ceramic matrix heater or a big tin box with a nicrome element in the bottom.

The only difference is whether there's a fan, which would move the air through the heater quicker, so the initial heat up would be faster.

If you can improve the place's insulation, that would help a lot, whatever the heating.

I assume there's no gas available. If there is, you could look at a gas panel heater, or a balanced flue one. Cost per kilowatt should be cheaper with gas, although both a new heater and a gas feed could be expensive capital cost to install.

Don't know whether a portable bottle has heater would cost les per kilowatt to run, though you'd have condensation, ventilation, size and fuel storage issues to deal with - you'll have to research and do the sums.

Any chance you can use ecomony 7 storage heating?


Some very good advice there cheers, my last house was owned and quite new so well insulated, I am currently renting a house which has a cellar and insulation is poor and I won't be in it long enough to justify shelling out for insulation, there is literally none under the house, the house is on a hill so you can walk in the cellar from the back (this is where all the bloody cold air blows in), paired with high ceilings and hard wood floors I am in for a nippy winter!

I am tempted to go for one of these gas bottle heaters.....

Repped! :thumbsup:
#6
andimccann
Nice finds, have some rep, just ordered the flat panel heater.....may have to wait for the gas heater at £100, how much do you think the gas bottle would be and to fill up also?



https://secure.calor.co.uk/OrderCalorCylinders/default.asp?PageType=propane

The 13kg one which is the biggest that normally go in the heaters is £21.90 delivered but there is a £29.99 deposit on the bottle. So next time it will only be £21.90. They might be cheaper from your local Calor dealer so look in the yellow pages.
#7
GAVINLEWISHUKD
https://secure.calor.co.uk/OrderCalorCylinders/default.asp?PageType=propane

The 13kg one which is the biggest that normally go in the heaters is £21.90 delivered but there is a £29.99 deposit on the bottle. So next time it will only be £21.90. They might be cheaper from your local Calor dealer so look in the yellow pages.


Any estimate on how many hours burning you would get on one?
#8
Well propane gives between 11-12Kwh per kg so a 13kg bottle will give you around 150Kwh. The Argos heater on full tilt uses 4.2Kwh so will give you around 36 hours. So if its £22 for a bottle that works out around 61p per hour to use (£22/36hrs). Electric is around 25p per KWh so if you were using a 4.2Kwh heater that would cost you around £1.05 per hour (25p*4.2).

So in the long run using gas should work out cheaper.

I would also recommend you buy a carbon monoxide detector too. Just to be on the safe side. I would recommend one if you have a gas fire as well.
#10


Yes they are good for small rooms and for additional heating in a cold spot. But you would need 5 to have the same heat output of a gas heater. You also have to be careful on how they calculate there usage per hour as the tend to work it out over a 24 hour period which includes the cheap rate in the night. So if you only use it in the day it will cost you more. On the other hand if you use it only at night then it will be cheaper to run.

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