The Positive Impact of Oil Heaters on the Environment
It’s that time of year again when winter draws in and and the temperature starts dropping around the country, many people’s thoughts are turning to heating options. Depending on the part of the country that you live in, you may be concerned about keeping yourself and your family warm this season. Perhaps your house is an older model and does not have central heating. Or maybe it does have heating, but certain areas of the home seem to remain untouched by that heat or take forever to warm up. Often the basement is an area that remains cold in an otherwise warm house, posing a problem for the many people that have a study or bedroom in the basement.
The obvious option for these problems is a space heater. Various small heaters are available to heat small rooms or office areas and many units are small enough to conveniently fit under a desk or behind a piece of furniture.
However, as environmental responsibility grows, many are asking about which kind of heater has the best impact on the environment. Heating sources are traditionally harmful in one way or another in that aspect. Man’s oldest form of heating, the fire, puts carbon in the air and burns valuable material. As the technology has advanced in the world of heating, the environmental impact has often advanced with it.
Common electric heaters are often the choice by default. They come in small sizes and are not extremely expensive. However, they work by running electric current through the several heating panels to keep them at high temperatures. This takes a lot of electricity for the entire time that the device is running. The environmental impacts are obvious with this with a large proportion of the UK’s energy still coming from fossil fuels. Something has to provide that electricity, so a coal plant is likely getting a lot of business from those who use electric heaters.
Oil filled heaters, on the other hand, do not require the same amount of electricity to run. The idea behind most oil radiator heaters is that the oil within the heater is kept constantly circulating through the panels, and this oil is fantastic at retaining heat. This heats the panels consistently as it transfers heat to the room.
The oil that fills these heaters needs to be heated only once, and then the heat only needs to be maintained for the rest of the time that it is on. The oil holds the heat for a long time, meaning that it does not require a lot of electricity to keep it heated. This provides an obvious environmental advantage due to the lower energy costs of running an oil heater or radiator.
Oil filled heaters are also much safer. While the electric heaters reach very high temperatures and are more likely to cause fires, oil heaters sustain a lower heat that does not present such a risk. This can make a huge difference on the air quality and local environment if a major fire is started, and whilst this is unlikely… many houses have been set on fire by heaters. Oil heaters prevent this by offering a safer enclosed solution.
Since the oil is only a medium for heating, and is not consumed, oil heaters do not usually require a refill. Many of them may even used recycled oil from other industries, preventing oil from being disposed of improperly. They can often run on used motor oil, or even cooking oil that has been discarded. This provides an easy way for others to get rid of their used oil without leaving a footprint.
Whatever your heating needs may be, whether it is for an office, a chilly bedroom, a damp basement, or a small space behind your house while you enjoy the outdoors in the winter, a small space heater can always be found for just what you need. While there are many options available, a wise buyer will do the research to find what the most beneficial purchase is.
Both electric heaters and oil filled heaters can adequately heat these areas, but the oil filled radiator heater provides an environmentally smart option. Its method of heating uses far less energy, reducing its carbon footprint and your direct impact on the future of the world your grandchildren will live in.