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Electric oil heater—more cost effective than a regular plug-in heater?

I want to heat a room for my parrot this winter and am thinking about buying an electric oil heater instead of getting a regular plug in space heater with a fan that blows. Which is more cost effective the electric plug in oil heater or the regular space heater with a fan.

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Oil heaters by far are more cost effective and safe. Oil heaters do take longer to heat a room but will provide you a more comfortable heating experience. Also the size of the room is a factor in cost efficiency.

Oil filled units are the most efficient heaters. They use a heating element in a bath of oil. The oil stays warm in it's container and heats the surrounding air. The big thing to know about oil and water filled heaters is that they are sealed units so you do not need to worry about spills or refilling fluids. Once the oil or water is heated the element cycles off and on enough to maintain your desired temperature.

"Heating your home with electric space heaters can easily double or triple your

electric bill if you are not careful. Even though they are typically small in size,

and often touted as 100% efficient, electric space heaters use a lot of electricity.

Most space heaters use on average 1,500 watts of electricity and cost about 15¢

an hour to operate. While that may not sound like much, it can add up quickly

if heaters are left on for several hours a day. Leaving one space heater on for 8

hours a day for a period of one month could easily add an additional $30-$40 to

your monthly electric bill."

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Hi Sheila,

have you heard about candle powered heaters? I personally have never tried it but hey, it seems effective and super cheap to run. Check out this youtube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzKbFzUEW...

As far as which heater is more efficient, oil-filled heater or electric heater, I'd say they are fairly similar in energy consumption since they both run on electricity. I think safety is the thing to consider between these two options. Oil-filed heaters takes longer to start radiating heat, but it will stay longer radiating after turned off, and it is less of fire-hazard item. A electric heater will start heating quicker but it could start a fire more easily.

Anyway... hope this helps.

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