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- Efficient room heaters
Fri 26-Nov-10
9:13 pm
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Danny
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What type of free standing room heater provides the most cost efficient heat for a room?

I ask because our oil central heating has not really provided significant warmth in the cottage, mainly because it is a very old building, with draughty doors and double glazing on one side only.

Fiona will shortly put temporary secondary "double glazing" in place for the winter months and we know from experience that this makes a significant difference.

She is moving about for most of the day, either working in the garden, out and about, or snuggled under the duvet whist working online.

By contrast, I am sitting 9 to 5 and longer in the Rat Room, which is our small home office. But it is very cold, even having had the central heating on all day.

Heating the house all day just for me is a non-runner. Far too expensive and would not keep me warm anyway, so we intend to buy a room heater for me.
What do you recommend? I do not need blazing warmth, and am happy to wear four layers plus my cashmere beanie. I probably need just an increase of five degrees centigrade to help my brain slip into gear for my working day. But which type or model do you think is the cheapest to run?

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Fri 26-Nov-10
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seth
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Try a set of Helly Hansen thermals and a Norweigan army shirt my winter survival kit for siting on a quad bike you wont need the felt lined Canadian boots indoors.ok  wave

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Sat 27-Nov-10
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We use oil-filled electric radiators and if you get the ones with a fan on then they can give a quick boost to temperatures but are actually best maintaining a steady heat. We use 2KW ones but don't have them on full.cheers

Sun 28-Nov-10
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telegraph.co.uk/select has BOGOF on halogen heaters @£44.99 +p&p today

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Wed 1-Dec-10
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Danny
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Thanks for your suggestions, Joanna and Roy.

Yes, thermals are the first line of defence without a doubt.

All I need is to raise the room temp maybe 5 degrees, so Fiona bought a convector heater that has three settings, 2000KW, 1500KW and 500KW. Using the 500KW setting with the dial turned really low seems to provide the perfect solution. It cost £20 at HomeBase and she got it for free with her Nectar points.

She had originally planned to get a halogen one for about £10 in QD (they replaced Woolies in Newmarket). But she got chatting to a couple in there who said that they had read reports of fires started by the halogen ones. That put her off buying halogen.

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Wed 1-Dec-10
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Glad you got that sorted Danny, there's nothing worse than being cold whilst sitting still.

I'll try that again!

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