When choosing an oil filled radiator heater there are a variety of different brands to choose from. These include Dayton, Dimplex, DeLonghi, Honeywell, Lakewood and Comfort Zone. The biggest of these appears to be Delonghi, a company originally from Italy but now a well known worldwide manufacturer. As with any heat sources there is a potential fire risk so when selecting any kind of heating appliance we must look for one that suits our purpose. It would be unwise to leave any kind of heater, despite its safety features, powered on while you sleep is potentially a very dangerous situation.
Perhaps one of the reasons why Delonghi heating appliances are so popular is that the cost of the units themselves is very competitive. Some other brands sell oil filled radiators at higher prices. This may be because they are indeed better, however for people looking for a budget oil filled heater the Delonghi models are particularly attractive. They can be purchased for as low as $40 from some outlets. All makes of these kinds of heating appliances come with various heat settings. Usually there are three, low, medium and high. The highest setting is often round about 1500 watts and the low about half of that. The initial cost of oil filled radiators is obviously a factor when deciding to buy one. If possible, checking out the running costs and power output may also be useful. For example a more expensive model may be more electricity efficient and hence have lower running costs. Over time this may actually work out as the cheaper option.
Things that people may want to consider when shopping for these kinds of radiators is the use that they want to put it to. If for example they want to move it from room to room then a model with wheels may be the best idea. Whereas in a fixed location one with feet attached will possibly provide more stability. But then again, to move the appliance becomes slightly harder. Also it will be worth looking at the length of power cord that is attached. Particularly if deciding on a model without wheels. This will determine just how far from the power socket it will be feasible to position the radiator. We must also remember that it is dangerous to put the heater near curtains as this may pose a fire danger. The typical cord length for these kinds of heating units is about six feet. People may elect to use an extension cord but this may also be risky. If using the heater for a long time, the extension cord may become too hot which is another fire risk.
Nowadays oil filled heaters usually have seven metal fins. The hot oil flows through the radiator and warms the fins which then release their warmth into the room causing the temperature to rise. The more fins one of these heating appliances has, the greater its heating potential. On the flip side this may cost more to warm the radiator. Oil filled radiators are best suited for small to mid sized rooms. In a larger room they may not be powerful enough to heat the whole area but certainly would be useful for warming a section. It is usual for the oil to retain heat for a long time (a few hours) which keeps the radiator warm long after being turned off. This is a nice feature at bed time for example. Turning the heater off before going to bed is the safest option but the fact that it continues to release heat into the room means getting to sleep in a toasty warm bed is possible. Many models of oil filled radiator produced by different manufacturers have a timer. This means we are able to set the heater to turn on and off at specific times. This is a very handy feature in that it allows people to set their mobile heating device to come on a little before they arrive home. This means instead of returning to a freezing cold house we are able to walk into a nice warm room instead. Other options would be to turn the heater off after going to bed or prior to waking up in the morning. While these are possibly nice thoughts, I do not do this simply because I am worried about the potential risk involved. It is most unlikely that there would be an issue but I ensure there is not a problem by not taking the chance.
Current oil filled radiators often have a thermostat which allows us to adjust the temperature at which the power will cut off. Depending on the model purchased the thermostat will either be digital or a simple dial. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. For example the digital option means it is possible to be more precise with what temperature setting you want to use. However there are reports on some customer review forums discussing oil filled radiators where people report that their digital thermostat stops working. On the other hand, the manual thermostats are much less likely to break down however having just a dial to adjust means it is impossible to be certain exactly what temperature you set for the power to cut out. That said, the non digital option is likely to make the radiator cheaper to buy in the first place.
Oil filled radiators are heaters that should last a long time regardless of the make and model that you buy. Even though one might think that they are oil powered, their power source is electricity. The oil is actually one of the working components of the heating appliance. It is used to conduct heat and warm the metal fins of the radiator. The oil is sealed within the radiator so even though it becomes very hot we need not worry about this high temperature oil because it cannot get out. That said, should it ever leak it would definitely be worthwhile, if still under warranty sending it back to the manufacturer or taking it to the shop where it was purchased. When looking for an oil filled radiator keep in mind the points above.