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Old 09-21-2008, 11:25 AM   #1
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This may be a dumb question, but I will ask anyway. I am living in a house that uses heating oil and an extremely old furnace. The cost to fill the tank is something like $1600.

I have an idea that I could try and heat this very small home with say, 4 radiators or some other space heater device.

My question is which does anyone think would be cheaper to do this winter? It seems obvious that space heaters would be cheaper, but I have never really tried this before and honestly don't know...The home is rented and this is the only winter I will be here.

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You'll have to use a fuel price calculator and see what's the best deal in your area. I'm in the same situation as you. We use the boiler during the day when we're moving around the house and use space heaters in the bedrooms during the night.
http://www.pelletheat.org/3/residential/compareFuel.cfm

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Another thing to watch out for is if it gets really cold, and parts of the house go below freezing (including the crawl space under the house), water pipes might freeze and break.

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You will have to calculate the fuel and electricity usage of both kind of heaters. Which won't be easy because most electric heaters have built-in thermostat so arent running on 1500 Watts all the time. Will need a special tool for it which you can plug in eletric outlet and measures the electricity passing through it. In my opinion in a well insulated house a convection electric heater like an oil-filled radiator or a micathermic heater (70% convection 30% radiant heat) can be an efficient choice. I use a micathermic space heater from delonghi - review and can recommend it to anyone with clean consciousness.
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Want to guess what the number one case of house fires is in the winter?
Yap, space heaters.
I have a customer that uses one of those Eden Air heaters in a 100 year old house and it was amazing how warm the house was while I was there working.
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Your lease surely obligates you to NOT deliberately damage or do things
that might damage the house and it's systems (like the water pipes)...
this paints you into a corner.

Being a rental, and with only a few months left before you leave...
the only question is whether you can live in the rooms that have water pipes.

If so, you may be able to get away with using space heaters
in those spaces alone until March.
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Want to guess what the number one case of house fires is in the winter?
Yap, space heaters.
I have a customer that uses one of those Eden Air heaters in a 100 year old house and it was amazing how warm the house was while I was there working.
Yes, for old and poorly insulated houses infrared heaters (like the EdenPURE is - this is the heater you mentioned right?) are the best choice, because of the radiant heat it emits. Doesn't have to heat the air which is escaping through bad insulation radiant heaters heat the objects and people directly in front of it rather than heating the air.
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Wow, someone revived a 3 year old thread. the guy moved 2 years ago.
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Wow, someone revived a 3 year old thread.
Sheesh!
Why aren't old/inactive threads made "read only"?
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Sheesh!
Why aren't old/inactive threads made "read only"?
Because they aren't. Most people look at thread dates before posting to them. So it isn't really needed.

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