Are you looking for something to keep you warm, especially during winter? If the answer is yes, then let me introduce to you two types of heaters.
Heaters are objects which produce heat by converting a material like an electric current to heat. There are different types of heaters. But for this one, we will talk about the difference between oil filled heater vs ceramic heater.
An oil-filled heater uses electric current as a source of energy. This kind of heater uses oil because of its high boiling point characteristic. The oil inside the oil-filled heater acts as a medium for the heat to pass through. Since oil has a high boiling point, it will not easily evaporate, unlike other liquid materials, enabling it to remain at a liquid state and hold the heat longer.
Let us see why an oil-filled heater is a good heater choice:
- Life expectancy: Oil-filled heater is expected to last the same length of time as the heating element used, which is a coil. Since this kind of heater uses a coil, as long as the coil temperature (398⁰C to 537⁰C) required is achieved, it may last for not more than 20 years.
- Heating time/Cooling time: This takes longer to heat up than oil-free heaters. However, it takes one and a half hours to cool down because this uses a diathermic oil that cools slower than other types of heater to distribute heat longer without cooling down.
- Cost: An oil-filled heater costs $60 to $100, but there’s no need to refill the oil because the oil does not burn or evaporate in this type of heater.
A ceramic heater uses a heating element of PTC or Positive Temperature Coefficient to produce heat. It is also called a space heater. PTC ceramic material is semi-convective, so when electric power is applied, the electric power decreases at a certain temperature. This kind of heater is not made solely with ceramic. Ceramic heaters use different ceramic plates attached to a coil which produces heat the same way as a coil heater.
Let us check whether a ceramic heater is a better heater:
- Life expectancy: Ceramic heaters are expected to last longer than other heaters because of their capability to prevent overheating. And this is made to ensure that it can function properly for longer years.
- Heating time/Cooling Time: Since this makes use of ceramic plates, this heats up easily. This can reach 537⁰C in 25 seconds and can easily heat a room in half an hour.
- Cost: This kind of heater costs around $20 to $100. A small heater for smaller rooms costs less than $50, and a bigger version costs $50 or more depending on the added features.
Heaters are essential, especially for individuals who want to stay warm during winter. Now that you have an idea of how each type of heater works, you can choose from the two above!