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Old 11-28-2010, 09:53 PM   #11
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Re: Which is the best electric heater for less than $50?


If you look at the wattage rating of all of the electric heaters that run on house current, they all max out at 1500 watts. That is the limit. They all produce about the same amount of heat it just depends on how well they distribute the heat. The oil filed radiators have oil which stores the heat in their mass, so the heat will be more even over time. One that doesn't have the storage mass will turn on and off and go ht an cold in regular cycles (unless it is producing max heat at all times). So the net amount of heat will be the same, it just will vary more. The small ceramic heaters are the most efficient and small. The oil filled ones have the most even heat and are bigger. The other thing to consider how well the fan in them works. A better fan means the heat will be better distributed over a larger area. look for one with a fan that will broadly distribute the heat.

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Old 12-03-2010, 06:12 PM   #12
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Re: Which is the best electric heater for less than $50?

The oil radiator type heat the area close to them but the warmth doesn't reach very far. The heat also travels upward too so your feet will be cold while your head is warm. The ceramic fan type are cheap to run and circulate the heat nicely.
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