What Is An Oil Heater?
One of the best ways to heat an entire home is with the use of a central heating system. If you are looking to heat only a portion of the home, or even just a single room, there are more efficient and more effective options to consider.
Oil heaters, for example, are cost effective, affordable, and easy to maintain. They are provide a variety of heating options designed to suit a wide range of consumer needs.
What Is An Oil Heater?
In its most basic design, an oil filled heater consists of a series columns mounted atop a heating element. The heating element is typically electric powered and works to heat oil which is stored in the metal columns.
As the oil is heated, it creates a natural convection motion within the chambers.
The movement of the heated oil then works to heat the air surrounding the unit, allowing it to raise the overall room temperature. Oil filled heaters are preferred by consumers seeking a quiet operation with an effective heating area.
What Types Of Oil Heaters Are There?
There are numerous types of oil electric heaters on the market, however, the two most common styles are oil radiator heaters and oil fan heaters. Both styles are effective and affordable methods of heating, but provide different methods of heating the space within a room.
What Is An Oil Radiator Heater?
An oil radiator heater works on a slightly different method than a standard convection heater. Instead of heating the air in the room that surrounds the unit, it radiates the heat to only heat the objects in the room.
Because of the method in which the heat is distributed, they don’t need to rely on fans to help disperse the heat into the room.
Oil radiant heaters are ideal for smaller spaces. They produce a significantly faster heating effect while also being much quieter during operation. Radiant heaters come in a variety of sizes, designed for anything from an under the desk foot warmer to a small bedroom heater.
They are also better on people with sensitive sinuses or allergies, since the elimination of the fan unit decreases the air movement and potential dryness it can cause.
Radiant heaters work best in fairly open floor plans, allowing them to heat the objects that need the benefits of the increased temperature the most. They are also ideal for outdoor use, where drafts and breezes could potentially effect standard fan driven heaters.
The radiant technology is not affected by air movement, allowing the unit to heat nearby objects regardless of wind movement.
What Is An Oil Fan Heater?
An oil fan heater works by using the heated oil columns as a source to raise the temperature of the sir in the room. This is typically accomplished by including a small fan unit as part of the oil electric heater that first pulls the cooler air from the room into the unit, then allows it to be heated by the oil columns, then pushes it back out into the room at the increased temperature.
Since the cooler air will always be loser to ground level, the heating process creates a convection movement. As the hot air is released from the heater it rises to the upper area of the room, thereby forcing the cooler air downwards to be circulated through the heater itself.
Oil fan heaters, unlike radiant heaters, can handle a somewhat larger area, though they are still limited in their range. They works best in rooms where the air circulation is needed to better disperse the heat, particularly when the room is lacking a desired amount of open space.
Are Oil Heaters Safe To Use?
Like most modern appliances, oil heaters are, in fact, extremely safe to use and come equipped with a number of built in safety features. They are typically equipped with a tilt sensor which will shut off the device immediately if it were to be knocked over.
Like any appliance, however, certain precautions must be taken to ensure safe operation. Oil heaters should never be left in rooms unattended. When a room is unoccupied, the heater should always remain off.
They should also never be set too close to any furniture or other materials that may be affected by the temperature being produced by the heater. This can greatly reduce the potential fire hazard as well.
Of course, children should never be allowed to operate or play near an oil heater.
Power cords should always be checked periodically for any signs of wear and proper ventilation should always be kept in mind when using a heater in a room.