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Best radiant/oil heater?

My apartment doesn't have central heating, and space heaters aren't doing the job. It never gets below freezing here, but does get pretty chilly (maybe 40ish at the lowest) after dark. I have a couple of space heaters, but they don't really heat the full space (two rooms, about 300 sq. feet each), and so I'm left with just sitting right in front of the heater, so there's hot air blowing right on me, which is uncomfortable and dries out my skin like crazy. A friend recommended a radiant or oil heater, but didn't know a lot of specifics. Has anyone used these? Are they better than the type of space heater that just blows out hot air? And, do you have any recommendations for specific brands?
posted by rainbowbrite on Dec 3, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I calculate the energy usage of radiant heating?

How do I work out the energy usage of built in radiant heating? [more inside]
posted by madajb on Oct 23, 2012 - 11 answers

How to heat our home this winter?

Is it worth it to use space heaters (instead of the built-in baseboard heaters) to keep warm this winter? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by CutaneousRabbit on Aug 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Are quartz heaters just hype eaters?

Do these newfangled quartz infared "Amish" space heaters actually do anything new and better? Or is it all just hype? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jan 20, 2012 - 17 answers

Do I really have to wear a sweater, scarf, and wool socks inside?

How warm should I expect to feel in a house as opposed to an apartment? Is it normal to be really cold for the first hour at home? Does everyone else have to wear sweaters inside all winter? [more inside]
posted by yarly on Dec 28, 2010 - 39 answers

ISO Spaceheater

Space-heater-filter: <$50, small space, fire-safe, not too hot. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Dec 14, 2010 - 21 answers

Should I get another Vornado space heater?

I got a Vornado space heater, and *loved* it, when it worked. It broke down for a second time, and is now out of warranty. Should I get another slightly different Vornado, or try another brand? [more inside]
posted by diffengr on Jan 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me stay warm with a broken furnace.

Yesterday I woke up to my furnace screeching like a banshee. Turned it off, and called for service, but they won't be able to get out for a while. I'm not sure when, because the service will be through my home warranty. I have a fireplace and wood, south facing windows that let in lots of sun, and a very small, not-so-awesome electric space heater. I have some questions about the combination of heating sources I should use until the furnace gets repaired. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Nov 29, 2009 - 28 answers

How should I stay warm this winter?

Which is more efficient/economical to run: a baseboard heater or an oil-filled radiator-type space heater? [more inside]
posted by apricot on Oct 25, 2009 - 12 answers

Toasty ceiling fan?

Ceiling fan heaters. Have you had one? Have you read or heard anything about their safety? Help me find a good heating solution for an attic room. [more inside]
posted by walla on Aug 2, 2009 - 2 answers

Will my cat get burned if I get a space heater?

If I get a space heater, will my cat touch it and get burned? Or am I severely underestimating her intelligence? Or will she get burned once, and then learn not to do it?
posted by zavulon on Dec 6, 2008 - 18 answers

Big Ass Space Heater Wanted. Apply Within.

This winter we're going to need a space heater for our apartment. Not some teeny one that will barely warm our feet, but a large one. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah on Sep 19, 2008 - 12 answers

What's the cheapest form of heating: central air or other electric heating options?

Which costs more: keeping my thermostat at 69 all winter, or using an electric blanket and radiator-style space heater in one room? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Nov 16, 2007 - 16 answers

Will my space heater kill me?

Will my space heater kill me? [more inside]
posted by boots on Nov 11, 2007 - 13 answers

A heating conundrum

I have a plug-in space heater. I also have radiant heat. Which is more economical for heating a basement room? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Jul 5, 2007 - 9 answers

good, small, inexpensive, energy-efficient space heater?

What is a good, small, inexpensive, energy-efficient space heater? Living in a leaky old house, we're starting to dread the approach of our first winter here. All we have is one crappy gas wall heater, this electricity-sucking system on the roof that pumps down solar-heated air, and a fireplace in the bedroom. We need more. (We're already going to seal the windows with plastic where we can.)
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 23, 2004 - 8 answers

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