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Which is cheaper? Halogen heaters, Oil fired rads?

Posted by Phoebe-685310 - Created: 9 years ago
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Posted by cheeky73 - 9 years ago

Hi I would have said halogen heaters as they knock out quite a bit of heat.

Very economical too.

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Posted by Cypruswez - 9 years ago

Hi Phoebe, Did you mean 'oil filled rads'?

The power a heater uses is rated in kilo Watts. Typical oil filled rad, maximum output is 3kW. Halogen heater very similar, except that a halogen heater radiates more heat. You feel warmer more quickly.

Portable gas heaters produce a lot of water vapour as well as carbon dioxide. A kerosene heater produces 1 litre of water vapour for every litre of kerosene burnt. Result....condensation.

Electricity is the cleanest, but not the cheapest.

A wood burning stove is a good alternative, although quite expensive to purchase and install. Good luck.

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Posted by Tony Morcom - 9 years ago


We have gas central heating which we only put on occasionally. We (and lots of friends) have a kerosene heater which we have in the lounge and use at night. It gives off a reasonable amount of heat and is cheap to run. 5hrs a night works out at about 7euros a week. I know the heaters have gone up in price this year to about 160euros.