If you’ve been wondering what the most efficient way is to heat your home, then this article is for you. We’re going to dive into the efficiency of space heaters and central heating systems to help you understand which is best and, ultimately, which may save you money during the winter months.
Should I Use A Space Heater?
This is one of those questions that requires more questions before an answer can be given. When the time comes to heat your home, you should consider the following:
Do you want to heat your whole house? Are there only certain rooms you want to be heated?
Are you wanting to heat a specific area of your home, i.e. a workspace, study, or specific bedroom?
How long do you plan on needing that space to be heated?
What kind of space heater do you have?
What Kinds of Space Heaters Are There?
Generally speaking, there are three main types of space heaters people use:
- Convection heaters: best used for larger spaces
- Fan-forced heaters: best for smaller spaces (like offices, desks/cubicles, and bedrooms)
- Radiant heaters: the fastest at warming by directing infrared rays at objects and people to heat them directly.
When choosing a space heater for use, make sure you consider things like what’s around it, if it could be left unattended for long periods of time, or if it gets hot to the touch (convection heaters.) Not only is there a risk of fire, but if you’re not careful, that heater could hurt you, a child, or a pet.
So be mindful when deciding on a space heater that’s right for you!
Before You Go Shopping…
Before you go searching and shopping for the most efficient space heater for home use, you’re going to want to take a long, hard look at your home beforehand.
If you feel drafts in certain areas of your home, or if you feel like your heater runs much longer than it should, you may have bigger issues within your home than just the freezing temperatures creeping in from outside.
If your home is older, your windows and doors may not be up-to-code and properly insulated to keep the heat in and the cold out. Air sealing your home is another service you may want to consider if you feel drafts around doors and windows, including your attic entry. As an added bonus, air sealing your home can also save you about 15% on heating and cooling costs!
An often-overlooked area of the house that can save you more than 20% on your power bill is your home insulation. We’ve got two great articles about home insulation here and here, so if you suspect your insulation is old, matted, or in some cases completely absent, give them a read and see how proper insulation may solve all your heating and cooling issues.
How To Save Money With a Space Heater
The short answer is — you really can’t.
Most energy efficiency professionals agree that space heaters should be used either as a last resort, or if your current HVAC system is malfunctioning or old. We’ll go a step further and say that no matter what, if your house isn’t insulated properly, you won’t even get the full benefit of a space heater.
The few instances that a space heater can be more efficient are those times when you’re looking to warm up a small area or room for a short amount of time. Otherwise, your better bet is to run your HVAC system as you see fit.
Energypro: Your Energy Efficiency Professionals
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