Tip & How-To about Heating & Cooling
A very common and increasing popular
source of supplemental heat in the last few years has been the
oil filled electric radiator.
heaters are filled with an oil that circulates through the fins
of the heater and is heated by electric heating elements. The
result is a steady even type of heat that has a lower surface
temperature then many space heaters, making them a great way
to get supplement heating into a room when you have pets,
small children or combustibles near by.
One of the big
questions that comes up with these oil filled heaters is what
to do if they start to leak. The answer is that if the oil heater
starts to leak then it is no good anymore and needs to be disposed
of. These heaters are filled with oil at the factory and then
are sealed tightly. Because of this there is no need to ever refill
the heater with oil again. The heaters are sealed with the proper
oil inside for the best heating efficiency.
So what this means
is that if you have one of these oil filled radiator heaters, you
will never have any maintenance or worries about adding oil
to the heater. But if there ever is a leak then the heater is
also no good and will need to be throw out and replaced. Very few of
these oil filled heat units ever leak, but as is always the
case there are always some that do.
A word of caution
about heating efficiency. Always remember that when heating with
electricity, the laws of physics always apply. For
every 1 KW of electric you will only ever get 3415 BTU's of heat.
There is no way to
get any more or any less than that, so if anyone tries to tell you
that their electric heater is more efficient then the next one they
are not telling the truth.
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