Electric heaters

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13 years 3 months ago #17290 by chooky
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Hi there - a question on behalf of my son . What type of electric heaters are the most cost effective to run ? Also combined with being quick tio heat a small room too .
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13 years 3 months ago #257478 by Kiwi303
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heat pumps for permanent installation. Fast is the small square hair dryer type with a fan blowing air over a hot element and out into the room. oil fin types are a little cheaper, but not a lot, and rely on natural air currents, so it takes time to heat a space vs the fan box which blows hot air out and around.

the cheap panel type which look like a big glowing red/orange flat face are both more power hungry than the fan type, and also rely on natural radent heat as the oil fin type. the worst of both worlds, but cheap in the short term purchase, they are horrendously expensive on the long term power bill.

Actually I believe gas heaters are cheaper to run now than power ones.

Electric heaters rely on turning electricity into heat, heat pumps shuffle heat from one place to another, so even at less than perfect efficiency, you can see how they, as a heat mover, can be cheaper than an electric heat creator.

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13 years 3 months ago #257481 by Birman Babe
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I wouldnt use an electric heater (too expensive).
I have an oil filled one with 5 fins and it has a timer as well.
Great for a quick heat up ...

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13 years 3 months ago #257485 by LongRidge
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Start by putting on more clothes, especially gloves and a balaclava, because the head and hands lose lots of heat.

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13 years 3 months ago #257511 by sod
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Small room quick heat have to be fan heater maybe one with therostat on. Trouble with gas heaters is the condensation and they use up the oxygen to burn.

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13 years 3 months ago #257527 by mikenz
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Great info on this government site here;
www.energywise.govt.nz/yourhome/heating/

About a third of your household energy bill goes on heating. [1.] There are lots of heating options and some are more energy efficient than others.
Use the information in this section to find out more about your heating options to help you make the best home heating choices.
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13 years 3 months ago #257529 by chooky
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Thanks for that input guys . He is going to replace his vertical blinds and I reckon thermal drapes will make a huge difference . It is only a small 1 bedroom cottage he has to heat but wants to go as efficient as possible - his rent is power inclusive up to $80 a month so unlike last year year he wants to try to get through winter without a top up bill from the landlord .

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