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Old 09-23-2010, 04:48 AM
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Anyone use ceiling mount heaters on a thermostat to heat their frog rooms? pics? I have been looking at these for my frogroom. I have been looking at the infrared tube heaters.
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Certain heaters can dry out the air very quickly... We used an oil filled radiant heater last year in the middle of winter which actually ended up working great. We had a humidifier ready - but didn't end up needing it. The model we used was Delonghi "safe heat" if I remember right. The thermostat was a couple degrees off but once you get it dialed in correctly it works great.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:20 PM
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Certain heaters can dry out the air very quickly... We used an oil filled radiant heater last year in the middle of winter which actually ended up working great. We had a humidifier ready - but didn't end up needing it. The model we used was Delonghi "safe heat" if I remember right. The thermostat was a couple degrees off but once you get it dialed in correctly it works great.
How bad were the electric bills with that unit?
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How bad were the electric bills with that unit?
Not THAT bad, if I remember right... The herp room is mostly in a basement so it was only running 1/2 the time it was on with the thermostat set to 72. Ours was the smaller version - not the giant 1500W thing. Oil stays hot awhile after it's heated - it's got to be more efficient than the coil heaters, at least. (Any HVAC guys/gals on here?)
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I was going to say oil filled radiant as well. They are by far the safest on the market, no exposed elements to catch anything on fire and anything sold in the last few years has a auto shut off switch in case it's tipped over.

We use one in our upstairs bedroom on the colder days and usually keep it on the lowest setting and keep the t-stat right in the middle. Room stays comfortable and the electric bill doesn't go sky high.
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I've seen them for sale at big stores around here and I'm tempted to buy one but I got slammed hard last year on electric bills using the coil/blower heaters. This year I'm tempted to get oil for the furnace.
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That's the thing, most portable IR heating units will warm quickly but is very inefficient ($$$). Oil filled units heat up pretty quick but the oil will hold the heat longer even as it radiates out which means the elements don't run as much.

I do heating/air conditioning and my wife's office has outlawed IR heaters due to fire and electric costs but once we showed the bosses the safety/value of the oil filled units they allowed them only.

By far the most efficient heating for your home is gas if you look at cost/BTU, it warms quickly. Electric is pretty efficient also, but is so expensive. I have a heat pump here in VA and I won't run the elec heat in the winter just because of cost. If I had the choice, I'd get an oil tank. It's pricey to fill but you only have to do it once per season or two depending on how much you run your heat.

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I use an oil filled radiator, like this one. It heats up my room where most of my frogs are (my room used to be a single car garage and it got converted into a bedroom, for size reference) and it works beautifully. You just have to find that sweet spot.

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ive been using a hydronic heater with good success. it was about $140 but i like the fact that it remains reasonably cool to the touch and can safely be used without the ability to create a fire from being too close to something. i coupled it with a plug in thermostat and my temps never dropped to dangerous levels even when my house got to near freezing temps (gas was out for a few weeks last winter/ the room is sealed)

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I've been reading about building my own waste oil heater. Interesting stuff. My only road block is where to vent the fumes.
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Those two are perfect.
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what are everyones thoughts on this unit?
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If you're using it for a garage or outdoor area it's probably great, but not for indoors. It's gas fired and 40,000BTU! I bet it gets hot.
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