Halogen heaters, running costs??

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Found 24th Feb 2010
Hi
Are these halogen upright heaters any good?
And are they cheaper to run than calor gas heaters oil filled plug in radiators etc??
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all electric heat basically costs the same to heat the same space to the same temperature

oil filled are inefficient as the oil takes ages to get hot

calor gas will cost you more as the whole process of bottling basically means you pay more per heat unit

Halogen is quiet efficient as the heat is also radiant, so you feel it on your skin from quiet a distance away, and heat up instantly, this would be my vote.

The usual fan or convection are the next in line
jubbyme;7944328

all electric heat basically costs the same to heat the same space to the … all electric heat basically costs the same to heat the same space to the same temperatureoil filled are inefficient as the oil takes ages to get hot



Errr!
bossyboots;7944378

:-D I have a halogen heater I use occasionally and the heat just doesnt … :-D I have a halogen heater I use occasionally and the heat just doesnt stay in the room.............yes its instant............but switch it off and the room goes cold. Whereas something like an oil filled heater keeps the heat. Perhaps the halogen is cheaper to run, but its false economy when it comes to heating a room.




Yes, the halogen is radiant heat, heats objects not air

the reason for oil filled being less efficient is the mass of the oil.

Possibly the best for all round use is the convector heater, just like a radiator, but without the large lag of heating the oil

the reason for my conclusion of the halogen is that was the op's choices, so I picked from those

I personally have a convector heater with a fan booster on the side, use the fan to quick boost a cold room, then the thermostat on the convector to keep it there
Thanks,
it was personal experience/recommendation i was after,which is what i got.
That chart on link on 1st post fried my tiny brain.
Where is it for? Oil is the best bet for certain use models. Depends on things like when you need the heat, where you need the heat and what you pay for electricity (and bottled gas etc). Do you want a localised heat source that provides significant warmth in a specific area, but only whilst its on, or a device to release heat over a longer period at less intensity to increase the ambient temperature?

Also consider that some heat sources, especially halogen, give off a lot of light, which is undesirable in many situations.
Halogen heaters do have one particular advantage, where you cannot heat the space (say in a shop or office, workshop or garage) the halogen heater will put heat on you, where a normal heater could not function as all the heat goes away in a large space.

So i use a convection/fan in the spare or cold room, I am considering getting a halogen for when i am in the garage fiddling with stuff
jubbyme;7944868

Halogen heaters do have one particular advantage, where you cannot heat … Halogen heaters do have one particular advantage, where you cannot heat the space (say in a shop or office, workshop or garage) the halogen heater will put heat on you, where a normal heater could not function as all the heat goes away in a large space. So i use a convection/fan in the spare or cold room, I am considering getting a halogen for when i am in the garage fiddling with stuff



It will soon be summer you softie
DLM;7944879

It will soon be summer you softie




I am from the south!
jubbyme;7944908

I am from the south!



Says it all
bossyboots;7944921

which is lovely :thumbsup:




oh, i wouldn't quite go that far!

some of it is though, just not so much here!


And you know us southerners, 1/4 snow and its the end of the world.
jubbyme;7944418

Yes, the halogen is radiant heat, heats objects not airthe reason for oil … Yes, the halogen is radiant heat, heats objects not airthe reason for oil filled being less efficient is the mass of the oil. Possibly the best for all round use is the convector heater, just like a radiator, but without the large lag of heating the oilthe reason for my conclusion of the halogen is that was the op's choices, so I picked from thoseI personally have a convector heater with a fan booster on the side, use the fan to quick boost a cold room, then the thermostat on the convector to keep it there



Firstly you mean the specific heat capacity of the oil, not the mass. Secondly, it is no more or less efficient than if it were water or air (like a convector heater) - 1st law of thermodynamics. The "large lag" is returned to you when the heating coil switches off and heat continues to leave the system.
pghstochaj;7945192

Firstly you mean the specific heat capacity of the oil, not the mass. … Firstly you mean the specific heat capacity of the oil, not the mass. Secondly, it is no more or less efficient than if it were water or air (like a convector heater) - 1st law of thermodynamics. The "large lag" is returned to you when the heating coil switches off and heat continues to leave the system.




not much good when you are wating half an hour for it to warm up!
I forgot to study for my electrical engineering course to answer this question!
jubbyme;7946131

not much good when you are wating half an hour for it to warm up!I forgot … not much good when you are wating half an hour for it to warm up!I forgot to study for my electrical engineering course to answer this question!



Still doesn't change its efficiency. It's not a matter of electrical engineering but chemical engineering.
I've got a damp problem is halogen better than electric to dry the damp
Marymarmite

I've got a damp problem is halogen better than electric to dry the damp



Realising this is a 6.5 year old thread but...
No you need a dehumidifier. A heater wouldn't be the best way of eliminating damp.
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