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6y, 6d agoPosted 6 years, 6 days ago
Anyone got any good tips to heat up the house, we have storage heaters in my flat and they are just no good at keeping the room topped up with heat to the point we can see our breath as we breath, it is that bad now that we have been confined to one room in the house and cant go upstairs unless we really need to (To use the toilet).

havent noticed it before the snow/icy weather came in as it wasnt that bad, maybe just a bit of a draft. but since we came back from our break away last week we have really noticed the change in temperature and could do with suggestions to heat up the house, we have bought draft excluders for doors and are going to buy some thick curtains as the house is pretty old so may have small cracks around the windows.

also going to ring the landlord tomorrow to see if there is anything they can do like get the insulation checked in the attic as the upstairs is just so cold.

wouldnt really be bothered if it was just me and the missus but since we have a lil one the temperature just isnt acceptable for her well being and dont want her to be uncomfortable.

we have bought a fan heater and it does the job to some extent but it stinks the room out if left on for too long so not a good alternative.
anyone know if oil filled radiators are decent enough and dont have a lasting smell if left on for a prolonged period?

any help greatly appreciated as if this carries on we may just have to move house, we have only been here for a few months and had a fairly warm summer with not much problems due to temperature until the snow/ice this past week.
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apologies for the short essay... :p

Edited By: Peterdj41 on Nov 27, 2010 22:01: .
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we were with no heating for 2 weeks recently, we got a few oil filled heaters, as long as in a room with the door shut then keeps temp warm, we got 3, 1 for each bedroom and 1 for living room, and like u said we just stayed in warm rooms as much as possible !!!
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vikkiwathall
we were with no heating for 2 weeks recently, we got a few oil filled heaters, as long as in a room with the door shut then keeps temp warm, we got 3, 1 for each bedroom and 1 for living room, and like u said we just stayed in warm rooms as much as possible !!!

Are they worth it then yea? these storage heaters we have we may aswell not have any heating either they are pretty poor for giving off heat

do the oil filled heaters give off a smell or are they ok?
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I've lived in this flat for 17 years and the night storage heaters were installed in the mid 80's ,so are quite old now yet they still work very well . I do have a new portable gas fire for emergencys ,but havn't needed to use it yet .I can recommend a gas heater , but not to be used all the time .Some electric heaters will be expensive to run if left on for long periods . Those electric halogen heaters are very good and are cheaper to use . I also have a one of them in the spare room ,with 3 settings ,400w ,800w 1200w . It gives out a fair bit of heat in the lowest setting and are very cheap to buy .
Yes , ask about getting your loft insulated too , that should make a bit of difference upstairs .

this is the sort of heater it is , I think mine was about £12 .

http://www.amazon.co.uk/OSCILLATING-HALOGEN-HEATER-1200-WATT/dp/B002T4Q2HU/ref=pd_cp_kh_1_img

Edited By: ricko on Nov 27, 2010 22:21
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ricko
I've lived in this flat for 17 years and the night storage heaters were installed in the mid 80's ,so are quite old now yet they still work very well . I do have a new portable gas fire for emergencys ,but havn't needed to use it yet .I can recommend a gas heater , but not to be used all the time .Some electric heaters will be expensive to run if left on for long periods . Those electric halogen heaters are very good and are cheaper to use . I also have a one of them in the spare room ,with 3 settings ,400w ,800w 1200w . It gives out a fair bit of heat in the lowest setting and are very cheap to buy .
Yes , ask about getting your loft insulated too , that should make a bit of difference upstairs .

this is the sort of heater it is , I think mine was about £12 .


http://www.amazon.co.uk/OSCILLATING-HALOGEN-HEATER-1200-WATT/dp/B002T4Q2HU/ref=pd_cp_kh_1_img


Thanks ricko do yours give off decent heat all around the room? the ones in my place only seem to give off heat about half a meter from the actual thing would be good but the sofa etc is further away than that lol could be broken/incorrectly done so the heat isnt getting saved as much as it could so isnt much there to give off maybe? im not clued up on them as i moved from a house with central heating and the radiators were great there.

thanks for the link as well will check it out now :)
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We had no heating at all for 8 years in this house (just had gas central heating put in - has taken us that long to save up for it!). We managed with those oil filled radiators - one in each bedroom and two in lounge. Not ideal with two young children (now 3 and 9), but needs must. As other post said - just keep doors shut and stay in the warm rooms.

They don't smell at all after a few uses and do heat up quickly. Would put on high to warm up room then leave on low to maintain. Probably not the most economical heat source, but did the job here. Ours were like these, only brand name is EWT.

http://www.screwfix.com/prods/58065/Heating-Cooling/Electric-Heating/7-Fin-Oil-Filled-Radiator-Timer#BVRRWidgetID

probably cheaper elsewhere - that is just an example.
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I'm in the same situation. No gas and the storage heaters are very expensive and inefficient. I have an oil filled radiator (no smell apart from "hot dust, just clean every week ) but for me its still a little to expensive.

I am trying my best to get a calor gas bottle fire heater but cant find any cheap. My only hope is for a second hand one but just don't know where to look.
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Op we rented house with night storage heaters and they were rubbish, like you we brought an oil filed radiator but that didn't work very well at warming the place up.

Rickos suggestion works the best... not the cheapest to run but it'll keep you warm.
I think B&Q / Argos do something similar for the same sort of price.

teraomi suggestion is good, try a camping / caravaning centre.


Edited By: bigflump on Nov 27, 2010 23:06
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We had old storage heaters in one house we had and found they were pretty useless (as you say yours are) - had an electrician friend take a look and he said the storage blocks dont keep their heat properly, so we were using the leccy but getting no real heat. Switched them off and used the saving to buy some oil-filled and worked a treat - cheaper to run as well (but then it would be as the storage heaters were useless).

we didnt replace the blocks or heaters as we were renting.

BTW cold isnt always harmful to anyone or the little ones as long as they are wrapped up warm. I know bathtime etc is nicer, but honestly we all rely on heat a bit too much these days - me included! :)

Edited By: marmalade47 on Nov 27, 2010 23:05
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+1 for oil filled storage heaters, the LIDL one is fantastic, beats the other homebase, b&q and screwfix ones we have (got a fair few lol).
Other tips - drawing the curtains seems to keep the heat in, dress warmly, snuggle under the blanket when on the sofa, slippers (sad I know, but warm toes make your whole body feel warmer). My parents house is very cold, the new cavity wall insulation and upgraded loft insulation has made a bit of a difference, but not a huge amount. It's just an old, cold house and as money is tight atm they aren't putting the heating on a lot - opting for open fires (love them!) but only keep one room warm.
I think if you are on a low income or certain benefits you may be eligible for a grant towards the cavity wall and loft insulation, even if you are renting. Even if not, have a chat to the landlord about it. We didn't get this but I seem to remember a few threads a while back about people who did.

Edited By: sickly sweet on Nov 27, 2010 23:15
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You are right marmalade - people used to look at us like we were mad if it came up in conversation that we had no central heating. I have raised two children in this house and we got by, they are not sickly kids and no asthma/allergies like some.
We only had gas central heating installed as will hopefully make house easier to sell. It is more comfortable (especially atm!), but already I can see how easy it is to turn the thermosat up rather than chuck on another layer of clothing.
#12
You've got a upstairs in your flat!?
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hyperemisis
We had no heating at all for 8 years in this house (just had gas central heating put in - has taken us that long to save up for it!). We managed with those oil filled radiators - one in each bedroom and two in lounge. Not ideal with two young children (now 3 and 9), but needs must. As other post said - just keep doors shut and stay in the warm rooms.

They don't smell at all after a few uses and do heat up quickly. Would put on high to warm up room then leave on low to maintain. Probably not the most economical heat source, but did the job here. Ours were like these, only brand name is EWT.


http://www.screwfix.com/prods/58065/Heating-Cooling/Electric-Heating/7-Fin-Oil-Filled-Radiator-Timer#BVRRWidgetID


probably cheaper elsewhere - that is just an example.

Thanks mate will deffo look to getting a oil filled radiator then, thanks aswell for the suggestion of high to heat the room then low to maintain would be a bit more efficient :)

teraomi
I'm in the same situation. No gas and the storage heaters are very expensive and inefficient. I have an oil filled radiator (no smell apart from "hot dust, just clean every week ) but for me its still a little to expensive.

I am trying my best to get a calor gas bottle fire heater but cant find any cheap. My only hope is for a second hand one but just don't know where to look.

What wattage is your oil radiator? is it a 1500? had a look at a few calor gas bottle heaters and have to agree a bit more on the expensive side

bigflump
Op we rented house with night storage heaters and they were rubbish, like you we brought an oil filed radiator but that didn't work very well at warming the place up.

Rickos suggestion works the best... not the cheapest to run but it'll keep you warm.
I think B&Q / Argos do something similar for the same sort of price.

teraomi suggestion is good, try a camping / caravaning centre.


Will give a oil filled radiator a go to see if it does the trick in the room as any improvment will be better than what we have atm haha, if not then i will look into getting a calor gas one thanks :)

marmalade47
We had old storage heaters in one house we had and found they were pretty useless (as you say yours are) - had an electrician friend take a look and he said the storage blocks dont keep their heat properly, so we were using the leccy but getting no real heat. Switched them off and used the saving to buy some oil-filled and worked a treat - cheaper to run as well (but then it would be as the storage heaters were useless).

we didnt replace the blocks or heaters as we were renting.

BTW cold isnt always harmful to anyone or the little ones as long as they are wrapped up warm. I know bathtime etc is nicer, but honestly we all rely on heat a bit too much these days - me included! :)

Thanks for that, it could well be that the bricks arent holding the heat properly as with yours and so we could to be wasting money on electric powering them when they dont even work as they are supposed to, ill have my uncle take a look at them and if they arent working as they should ill get the landlord to do something about it.
haha im not overly fussed about the cold but want to do what i can in order to make sure the family is living as comfortably as possible otherwise we might aswell look for another house and pay a bit more p/m in rent to get a place that keeps its heat well

sickly sweet
+1 for oil filled storage heaters, the LIDL one is fantastic, beats the other homebase, b&q and screwfix ones we have (got a fair few lol).
Other tips - drawing the curtains seems to keep the heat in, dress warmly, snuggle under the blanket when on the sofa, slippers (sad I know, but warm toes make your whole body feel warmer). My parents house is very cold, the new cavity wall insulation and upgraded loft insulation has made a bit of a difference, but not a huge amount. It's just an old, cold house and as money is tight atm they aren't putting the heating on a lot - opting for open fires (love them!) but only keep one room warm.
I think if you are on a low income or certain benefits you may be eligible for a grant towards the cavity wall and loft insulation, even if you are renting. Even if not, have a chat to the landlord about it. We didn't get this but I seem to remember a few threads a while back about people who did.

didnt even know lidl sold these haha, will go there tomorrow to take a look and see what the prices are like thanks for the recommendation. will also have to try out slippers lol usually just wear fleecy socks but will get some fleecy slippers to try out, will also look into the cavity wall insulation benefit you mentioned to see if we are eligible, will also try find the thread you mentioned to see if there any other useful tips there that havent been brought up here many thanks :)

hyperemisis
You are right marmalade - people used to look at us like we were mad if it came up in conversation that we had no central heating. I have raised two children in this house and we got by, they are not sickly kids and no asthma/allergies like some.
We only had gas central heating installed as will hopefully make house easier to sell. It is more comfortable (especially atm!), but already I can see how easy it is to turn the thermosat up rather than chuck on another layer of clothing.
as this is the first house i have moved into without central heating i dont think i will be making that same move again unless we decide to move in the winter so we can see how cold the house is that we will be moving into haha, like you said though its all to easy to just put the thermostat up instead of throwing on an extra layer which would be bettr
#14
My oil radiator is 1500w. Heats the room nicely within 20 mins but due to the cold weather, turning it off will make the room cold within 30-45 mins. No good at guessing room size, I'd say room is about 6x12 meters square. Have attic insulated.

I just want something to take the cold bite away. I am happy in jumpers, thermals and my slippers but things like toes, fingers and nose are the worse areas for me.
I really hope I can get a gas bottle heater cheap along with a cheap refill. I simply cant afford to have the oil radiator on for more than 2 hours a day.
What about things like wallpaper ?. ATM I have painted walls, would some wallpaper help in anyway ?. And what to do about condensation on windows?. I have tried some condensation catchers but they are next to useless. I hate to open the windows in the morning to help clear it, just lets out any heat.

Being poor, out of work due to health and in a local housing partnership flat just doesn't work well together in this weather.
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If ur not working due to health teraomi - can u not get any benefits/grants to help? I know of warm front
http://www.warmfront.co.uk/apply.htm - any use?
#16
Think I will send a query and see if I'm eligible. Thanks.
#17
I would advise against using Calor Gas heaters with young children in the home, they give off quite nasty fumes, they also cause high moisture content, which will make your condensation issue even worse.

Apart from that, they cost a fortune to run.

Your children will not come to any harm being a bit cold.
#18
As I said , the gas heater I bought is for EMERGENCY'S . If your electric goes off , then you'll have nothing to heat the place . I live in Northumberland and I've seen the power go off for many hours after heavy snow brings down the cables .So, a gas heater will quickly heat the place .Those halogen heaters do make a difference and do heat quite an area . There ideal for putting close to your seating area , of course not too close .There cheaper to run too .
One other heater I used was a fan heater but on a 15 minute timer .This quickly heated a small room but at 2Kw you could'nt leave it on for any length of time , hence the timer that switched it on and off every 15mins .
Other things to check : is there draughts coming through the doors ?? if so get one of those thick door curtains or get some excluder on a roll and stick it down the side of the doors and windows.
Warm clothing makes a difference too .So, dig out those winter woolys and ware them .

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