Are you looking for a heater that is silent and won't make your electric bills soar? Then an oil filled heater is just what you are looking for!
Oil filled heaters operate by warming up special heat-conserving oil inside the heater. This oil does not burn, so it doesn't need to be replaced or topped off. It is sealed in the unit and never requires any maintenance. Furthermore, this heated oil continues to heat the specially designed radiator fins, thereby heating the air in the room even when the built-in thermostat tells the unit that the desired room temperature has been reached and the electricity supply to the unit has shut off. This continued heat generation even when no electricity is being drawn by the unit, is why oil filled radiators are more efficient than any other type of space heater on the market.
For many years I have been using and testing oil filled heaters. This experience has taught me the proper way to get the most from these heaters, as well as, the situations in which these heaters are ineffective. Beware when you read that oil filled heaters are the best for all applications, this is simply untrue. But used in the proper situation, they are absolutely the best heaters and will allow you to significantly turn down your home thermostat.
Oil filled heaters will provide moisture-neutral, consistent heat, unlike fan driven heaters that act like "blow dryers", drying out your living space, your hair and your skin. There are two situations where oil filled heaters excel. First, for heating individual rooms that you use frequently; bedrooms, family rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. For these heaters to function properly, and this is crucial, the room that you want to heat must be separate from the other rooms that adjoin it. By this I mean that if the floor plan of your home is open, where your rooms don't have walls separating them and they just flow into one another, then this type of space heater will not be effective. Oil filled heaters use convection to heat a room. They draw cold air up from the floor, forcing it over the heated fins of the radiator. The heat then travels up to the ceiling radiating outwards, towards the walls of the room then circulating to the floor and efficiently heating the entire room. If the room you are attempting to heat does not have four walls but instead flows directly into one or more adjacent rooms, than the heat will just rise to the ceiling, circulate out of the room and dissipate. It is not necessary for the room you wish to heat to be entirely separate with a closing door to shut it off from the rest of the house. If the room has a normal sized doorway connecting it to an adjoining room, don't worry, the oil filled heater will function effectively.
I have found that Delonghi oil filled heaters, specifically the Delonghi TRD0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator and the DeLonghi EW7507EB Oil Filled Radiator Heater Black 1500W (a newer, all digital model), to be the best on the market. In my experience, Delonghi heaters offer the most advanced design which means they heat up faster than other brands, offer 3 power settings and have a thermostat that actually works!
The second situation in which oil filled heaters are your best choice is at the office. Do you shiver at your desk waiting for the central heating to kick on so that it gets rid of that cold draft you feel on your back and legs? The NewAir AH-400 Portable Space Heater With Adjustable Temperature Control will quietly heat your workspace so you will never be cold again. With its narrow profile, it fits comfortably under your desk and allows you to set the temperature to your optimum comfort level. Used at normal operating levels, the AH-400 heater will use about 40 watts of power (rated to 400 watts). Though it should be plugged into a wall outlet for regular use, the AH-400 heater can be plugged into a power strip along with other electrical devices without tripping the circuit breaker. With quiet operation and low power usage, you can finally control the temperature of your personal workspace.