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Oriphix

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#195908 11-May-2016 13:54

Hi All,

 

Looking for recommendation on heaters. Its getting a bit cold now and we want to heat our room hence the thread.

 

We have our 18 month old baby sleeping the same room so it needs to have a thermostat so we can control the temperature.

 

Would be good if its cost effective in terms of electricity (no to sure if heaters come in energy efficient form).

 

I did check here: https://www.consumer.org.nz/products/electric-heaters/overview 

 

However not sure if its any good.

 

Thanks

 

 


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  #1550910 11-May-2016 14:42
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Most heaters are 100% energy efficient, ie all the electricity is converted to heat.  It's hard to imagine how a heater could be less than 100%.  Heat pumps are >100% efficient

 

The only way a non-heat-pump heater can have lower running costs than another is by putting out less heat. 

 

We used small oil-filled radiators for our kids, they do a good job with the only downside being the clicking on and off as the thermostat triggers


 
 
 

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  #1550920 11-May-2016 14:47
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shk292:

 

<snip> We used small oil-filled radiators for our kids, they do a good job with the only downside being the clicking on and off as the thermostat triggers

 

 

+1  Oil filled, with thermostat.

 

Do NOT use a fan heater in a child's room - much too dangerous (and noisy).





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  #1550924 11-May-2016 14:50

Mmm is there wall mount oil filled heaters available?

 

I was looking at wall mount heaters. It can be out of the way and don't have to move it.

 

E.G: http://www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/heating_cooling/electrical_heating/goldair_ecopanel_panel_heater_425w_white_279424/

 

 




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  #1550936 11-May-2016 15:02
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Oriphix:

 

Mmm is there wall mount oil filled heaters available?

 

I was looking at wall mount heaters. It can be out of the way and don't have to move it.

 

E.G: http://www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/heating_cooling/electrical_heating/goldair_ecopanel_panel_heater_425w_white_279424/

 

 

 

We have one of these in our youngest's room. Have a plug-in thermostat thing for it too so it switches off around 20 something degrees.

 

Takes a little while to warm the room but does the job really well and isn't hot to the touch.


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  #1550941 11-May-2016 15:04
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Oriphix:

 

Mmm is there wall mount oil filled heaters available?

 

 

Have not seen any in NZ, but loved them in Norway. No dust being burnt off as you start them up, and with a thermostat and night/day settings its really just set and forget - and have a lovely cosy temperatur in the room all the time.

 

I think this is the model I had https://www.amazon.co.uk/ADAX-APO-Thermostatic-Electric-Radiator/dp/B00A18IEMW

 

 





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  #1550955 11-May-2016 15:16
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I mounted a digital thermostat onto a case with a long power cord in and out. Into that I have plugged a box style convection heater as both the thermostat click and expansion noises the previous oil column heater made drove my child mad.

 

Because the thermostat is both very accurate and can be placed well away from the heater I can maintain 20.5 degrees in the room steadily. A bimetallic strip thermostat inside a heater is crap.

 

I would have suggested you buy a Heatermate as an off the shelf plug in option, though you'd need someone else who owns one to chime in as to their experiences with one.

 

 

 

 










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A tad pricey however http://www.noirot.co.nz/default.aspx excellent safe heater, keypad lockable, full timer and thermostat. They are free standing or wall mounted. For kids these are a safe heater than some floor standing models.





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  #1550991 11-May-2016 16:26

Lipex666:

 

A tad pricey however http://www.noirot.co.nz/default.aspx excellent safe heater, keypad lockable, full timer and thermostat. They are free standing or wall mounted. For kids these are a safe heater than some floor standing models.

 

 

That looks good. Do you have one? If so how much is pricey?

 

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Yes I do and recommend it the likes of Harvey Norman have these they are over the $500 hundy mark but I think you get what you pay for.

 

I have the http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/home-appliances/heating-and-cooling/heaters/noirot-spot-plus-1000w-panel-heater.html    at home.





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  #1553760 16-May-2016 22:44
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We had Central Gas  heating installed last  year, and we are extremely happy with it, it made the whole house much better place to live in, whole house is warm not just individual bedroom. of course it cost a little more to install. our one is on the ceiling, so it is completely safe. 

 

if you don't have natural gas, i knew a friend got heat pump central heating system, is another option, cost should be similar.


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  #1558899 24-May-2016 19:34
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20 years back when we needed a heater for the nursery we bought what was then a reasonable quality oil column unit (Goldair, made in Italy) with inbuilt thermostat.  I was paranoid enough to power the heater via an additional plug in thermostat set about 5C higher than the heaters inbuilt thermostat after reading a sad story about.....well you can imagine what happens if a heater sticks on in a small room.  Interestingly that same oil column heater is still used in what is now 22 years later my home office and the thermostat still works just fine.  I read a recent report that suggests that micathermic heaters are a better bet than oil column units, plus there have been cases of exploding oil heaters so who knows.

 

I think if I was buying again and the room/budget did not suit a heat pump then a wall mounted or portable micathermic would be worth looking at.  Just don't mount it under a curtain covered window which I have seen, unbelievable.  Also remember you cannot break the laws of physics when it comes to those décor friendly wall mounted panel heaters, Watts are Watts when it comes to resistive heaters and you need background warmth as opposed to instant radiant heat.


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The only benefit i see from micathermic heaters is that they heat up fast. If the heater is for a small bedroom this isn't a big deal really.


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  #1559192 25-May-2016 09:58
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gbwelly:

 

 

 

I would have suggested you buy a Heatermate as an off the shelf plug in option, though you'd need someone else who owns one to chime in as to their experiences with one.

 

 

 

 

 

I have 3x a Heatermates, one had to be replaced straight away as it didn't work out of the box. Another this winter (2nd winter with them) won't always switch on particularly after a period switched off/unplugged. I have a better solution that I use for temperature control in homebrewing (STC1000) but my other 1/2 thinks the look a little "industrial"!! 


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  #1560248 26-May-2016 20:34
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I've been looking at a wall-mounted ceramic heater for the kids' room. Something like this one at Bunnings or this Goldair one

 

The main advantages I can see are: it's wall mountable (high out of reach of the kids) and they have a fan only function for summer time.

 

Any opinions on these?


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