Oil Filled Radiators and Safety

by Concierge Matcher on November 22, 2010

Electric radiatorsOver the last few years much has been made in the news about the rising cost of heating oil and electricity. The cost of natural gas has skyrocketed and many electric companies have raised the price of electricity much higher than any jumps in previous years. Because of these rising heating costs, more and more people are having trouble heating their homes in the winter time. That means that space heaters and other options for keeping warm in the winter are becoming more and more appealing to those who can’t afford to pay those high electric or heating bills. Electric radiators are one of the more popular and safe options for space heating.

If you need to heat your whole house, then using an oil filled radiator, like the Delonghi TRD0715T, really isn’t going to help you that much. These are designed just to warm one room so that you can stay comfortable wherever you are. You can buy more than one and keep them in different rooms if you tend to use these rooms equally throughout the day, but don’t try to heat your entire house with them. They typically start out at about $40 each and one is enough to keep you warm while you move about your home.

When you turn the thermostat down, your central heating will kick on far less often and it will stay on for much less time. That lowers your bill. In fact, lowering your thermostat by one single degree can cut up to 5% off your heating bill. On a $300 bill, that can actually knock $15 off. By using an oil filled radiator heater, you can lower your thermostat far more than just 1° so you’ll see an even bigger savings on your bill. And the radiator itself won’t be that expensive to run, especially if you don’t run it 24 hours a day. The best part is how safe it is because the heating oil is completely enclosed in the device that comes with automatic shut-off in case of overheating, shorts or the device getting knocked over.

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