With energy costs soaring, many families are looking for ways to save money while staying warm this winter. Save on your heating bills this winter (Opens in a new tab) It can be done in several ways, one of which is the use of a heating fan to heat certain rooms.
Fan heaters and oil heaters are both very popular, but which one is the best choice? Keep reading to determine if a fan heater or oil heater is cheaper to run this winter.
Using a fan heater is an easy way to quickly heat up a space. A fan heater works by blowing air over a heating element and then circulating that warm air throughout your home. Fan heaters are usually small and portable. They are good for providing additional heat to any room you are in.
Fan heaters typically cost anywhere from $50 to $150 and cost approximately 20 cents an hour (Opens in a new tab) escape from.
- Portability makes fan heaters convenient to use anywhere in the home
- Fan heaters can quickly heat up a room if they are smaller rooms
- Many fan heaters also have a non-warm fan, which makes them useful in the summer months as well
- Fan heaters dry the air in the room
- You need to run constantly to save heat which consumes a lot of energy
- Not effective in an improperly insulated home
An oil heater is a form of convection heater used to heat your home. In an oil heater, oil flows inside metal columns, where it is heated by an element at the base of the heater. This causes a convection current within the heater, and the hot oil will begin to heat the metal casing it is held in. Once the oil is completely heated, it will keep its heat for a while.
- Oil heaters retain heat even when turned off, saving energy
- Maintains stable air flow, preventing dry air
- Don’t make a lot of noise
- Oil heaters take a long time to heat up and warm up where they are located
- Slow heat circulation
- They can be much heavier and harder to move than other heaters
Between oil heaters and fan heaters, the most cost-effective option would be to use an oil heater. Both have their ups and downs, but oil heaters use less energy in the long run—even if they cost a bit more upfront.
If you decide to use central heating, make sure your thermostat is set to that temperature (Opens in a new tab) To save on heating costs.