Oil Heater

As winter fast approaches, the need for a good heater grows stronger. There are numerous ways one can heat their home. These approaches include fireplaces, gas furnaces and space heaters. Within the space heater category, there are several types including oil heaters.

Oil heaters operate similar to traditional water heaters. They have a coil of piping surrounding a heating element (typically electric in nature). The piping has oil within it. The oil is heated via the heating element. It is heated to between 140 and 170 degrees. Because of the orientation and layout of the piping, as the oil flows through, heat is dissipated into the room. This is how oil heaters generate heat.

Although these types of heaters are less efficient than the gas variety, they do not have any emissions. Furthermore, no special ventilation is required. This allows such heaters to be easily and safely operated within small spaces, like a bedroom, den or other room. As a result, they are preferred when used to heat a single room or other small area.

Oil heaters have various power consumption ratings. They typically start at 300 watts and go up from there. The amount of wattage can help determine the amount of energy output generated.

The market for these products is dominated by a handful of players. Names including Dayton®, DeLonghi®, Honeywell® and others dominate shelf spaces of major department stores. Pricing varies depending on the size of the device, the additional features included as well as the brand. Prices generally start at about $40.00 at online stores and a couple dollars more at brick and mortar stores.

Today’s oil heaters are a vast improvement over designs from years past. Nowadays, most products have auto shut-off timers, room temperature control, anti-overheating shut off switches and more. When considering a purchase, make sure the product chosen at least has redundant safety features including fully enclosed heating elements, thermal cut off and rust resistance.

An example of additional features can be seen on the DeLonghi TRD0715T. Running at a cost between $80 and $100, this model has numerous features including a 24 hour programmable timer, snap wheels (allowing for easy movement from one room to the next), variable heat settings and an adjustable thermostat. Another key selling point of this product is its noiseless operation. Because of this feature, it is also recommended for bedroom use. Finally, it comes fully assembled; no need to worry about electric coil assembly or filling/refilling the tank with oil.

When one determines whether to make the purchase online or offline, consider reviewing a couple of critical items. The first is the store’s return policy. Many online stores have begun to charge a restocking fee for items returned to them. This fee can be as high as twenty percent of the items purchase price.

Another item to consider is the warranty on the product. Some stores offer extended replacement warranties on products purchased through their store. Oftentimes, there is a fee associated with this service. Keep in mind, most manufacturers already provide some sort of warranty with their product. When in doubt, check the warranty included in the packaging within the product’s box. This can help alleviate some of the confusion between product and store warranties.

Finally, one needs to weigh the benefits of instant gratification (through brick and mortar store purchases) versus delayed gratification with an online purchase. To compensate for the delayed gratification effect, online stores are more frequently offering free shipping with purchases over a certain dollar amount.

Overall, whether one decides to purchase an oil heater online or offline, he should be aware of his heating needs, the extra features and functionality he needs as well as his budget.

This Oil Heater Review is Written/Updated on Jan 21st, 2010 and filed under Home Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Response for “Oil Heater”

  1. Wayne Taylor says:

    I was told that these type of units are the most efficient on the market. Is that true. Could I get one from any company like bend heating or do I need to go somewhere else. I have no place to put a wood burning stove that needs an outlet or I would get one. With these units I can put them anywhere right? Thanks

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