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Old 12-15-2008, 03:03 PM   #1
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I was thinking of purchasing one of these, DeLonghi Model: EW6507L

To warm up my basement a bit.

Pros? Cons?



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Old 12-15-2008, 03:11 PM   #2
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I have one to supplement my furance. Its located in the main living area.

Prepare for your electric bill to go up!

I ran 2 of them one month(furnace wasn't in)..Electric bill went from $80, to $300.

Running the one, my electric bill is around $150.
Definitely saves though compared with propane prices. Also, gives the furnace a break.

The upside is that you dont have to babysit it like a forced air space heater that can catch fire. You can leave these on, and not worry about them.

The downside is that they take a while to heat up the space - especially a larger area.

So, if youre going to use your bsmt a lot, then it might be worth it. But if you just go down there once in a while, a space heater with a fan might be better.

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Old 12-15-2008, 03:16 PM   #3
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i was looking to keep the basement around 65 degrees, I was tlaking to a guy and he said that his electric bill wasnt bad at all. I might just keep it on during the weekends when I'm down there.


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Old 12-15-2008, 04:10 PM   #4
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That'd probaly work for you. You could probaly hook it to a timer at your outlet as well(so it turns off at night). That would help with your electric bill.
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I've not had time to verify this claim, but father-in-law is an electrician, and he said some were made with metal in the oil to increase their efficiency. Problem is that the metal over time can settle near the electric elements, short them out, and become a fire hazard. Again, don't know if this is true, but worth a Google to verify.
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The downside is that they take a while to heat up the space - especially a larger area.
I have baseboard and fan types in my house, but have used the oil bath. Depending on how you want to use the space, there is a resistive electric heater for your needs. For large spaces a baseboard probably works best. For small/medium sized spaces that need constant heat the oil bath will work best. For small/medium sized spaces that are not always heated, but need immediate heat a resistive heater with fan will warm things up much faster.

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