Why I use an oil-filled radiator to stay warm while working from home

A woman in socks with her cat beside an oil-filled radiator
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We’re all looking for ways to save money on our energy bills, especially when it comes to heating our homes as the temperature drops. The Black Friday deals are a prime opportunity to invest in an oil-filled radiator. 

As many of us work from home, trying to keep warm without having the heating on all day is a challenge. How much an oil-filled radiator costs to run is worth calculating as it will depend on the wattage, however using one can make a difference, heating just the room you are in. 

I work from home all week and it’s not viable to have the central heating on all day so I’ve recently wheeled out my trusty DeLonghi oil-filled radiator to keep the room I work in warm. And it works a treat, here's why I highly recommend doing the same.

 Why I use an oil-filled radiator

The model I have has a fairly slim profile and sits neatly next to me, emanating a nice constant heat. Although it’s a little heavy, it is on wheels, which means I can wheel it around easily enough to where I need it to be. My only gripe is that the cable isn’t that long so although you can position it, it’s a little restricted by where your plug socket is, unless you plug it into an extension lead.

I like the fact that it’s got a dual switch so I can choose to have it on a minimum or maximum heat when both switches are on. A simple dial can be turned up or down depending on the temperature output I need. And if you do the calculations, it costs me around 51p an hour to run my 1500W oil-filled radiator. While central heating can be cheaper to heat the entire house, just heating one room means I don't need to have the heating running for long periods of time. If I keep the doors closed it’ll heat the room up in around 20-30 minutes, depending on how cold it is, and will retain the heat for a while before clicking back on again.

The oil-filled radiator is quiet when turned on too — I can occasionally hear the oil crackling to heat up and a click when it turns itself back on, but other than that there’s no noise at all.

My model has now had an upgrade but Amazon sells a range of oil-filled radiators and there are some great deals to be had in the Black Friday sale. 

Michelle Guy's oil-filled radiator in her home

My trusty oil-filled radiator in my home office (Image credit: Future / Michelle Guy)

The best oil-filled radiator deals

De'Longhi Dragon 4 Oil Filled Radiator- White £174.99 NOW £152.99 save 13% on Amazon

De'Longhi Dragon 4 Oil Filled Radiator- White £174.99 NOW £152.99 save 13% on Amazon

This 2000W oil-filled radiator has three heat settings and comes with a thermostat and anti-frost device and 24-hour mechanical timer.

Mini Vonhaus 6 Fin 800W Oil Filled Radiator - White £37.99 NOW £34.99 saving £8 on VonHaus

Mini Vonhaus 6 Fin 800W Oil Filled Radiator - White £37.99 NOW £34.99 saving £8 on VonHaus

This small oil-filled radiator is on offer for £34.99, with 800W of power and a lightweight design it makes for a handy portable heat source.

Belaco Oil Filled Radiators 11 Fins in black £80.90 NOW £63.94 save 21% on Amazon

Belaco Oil Filled Radiators 11 Fins in black £80.90 NOW £63.94 save 21% on Amazon

This radiator has a thermostat and three heat settings at 800W/1200W/2000W. It is also claimed to be light-weight

Zanussi Digital 11 Fin Oil Filled Radiator - Black £97.99 NOW £79.99 saving £20 on Robert Dyas

Zanussi Digital 11 Fin Oil Filled Radiator - Black £97.99 NOW £79.99 saving £20 on Robert Dyas

This digital oil-filled radiator has a 2300W output and is said to be able to heat rooms up to 20m2. It has a digital display, timer, thermostat and three different heat settings 1000W/1300W/2300W.

Michelle Guy

Michelle is Homebuilding & Renovating magazine's Deputy Editor. With an editorial career spanning more than 18 years, Michelle spent time working on educational magazines and websites until her career took an exciting turn into the world of homes and interiors. Working on sister titles Real Homes and Period Living, she then joined the Homebuilding team in November 2018. 

She’s just completed her second kitchen renovation project and bathroom renovation, armed with an ever-growing knowledge of homebuilding advice and design inspo (and a Pinterest board or two, of course).