Energy efficient space heaters are one of the best ways to cheaply lower your heating bill. According to US Government statistics, the average American spends $1,900 per year for home energy of which nearly half goes to heating and cooling. Space heaters can help lower this bill. Here is the fundamental information you need to make the correct choice for your situation.
By lowering your home thermostat only 5 degrees and employing the use of energy efficient space heaters in frequently used rooms you can lower your heating cost by 10% and eliminate 800 pounds of C02 emissions from the environment. Space heaters will re-warm your space for a fraction of the cost associated with running the central heating. But, to make sure you get the most savings, you have to select the space heater that is right for you and your home. Numerous choices exist including Convection, Micathermic, Ceramic, Radiant, Kerosene, Wood Burning and Gas. With so many choices, we recommend doing your research before making a purchase. No one choice is the correct choice. It will depend on your needs as to what the correct type of space heater is best for you.
Factors to Consider
The first, and obvious factor, is temperature. You will probably want to exclude any that don’t have automatic temperature control as the space you are attempting to heat will either be too hot or too cool and you will constantly have to be monitoring the unit and turning it on or off. This is both uncomfortable and time consuming.
Everyone is well aware of the effect of temperature on comfort. However, the second, and less discussed component of comfort is relative humidity. Relative humidity is the percent of water vapor in the air at a specific humidity. In simple terms, a dry house with 20 percent relative humidity will need a higher temperature to feel as warm as a home with medium humidity of 60 percent. That is because your body is giving up heat by the process of evaporation. The lower the relative humidity the faster your body gives up this heat as the higher moisture of your body evaporates to the atmosphere.
A third factor to consider is wind speed. As the air in your house moves it affects the rate at which your body gives up its heat. This is due to the process of convection which is the attraction of hot air to colder air. A house in which the heat is constantly running feels cooler. This is one of the reasons the old steam style radiant heaters felt so warm. There is little wind speed when compared to a centralized blower. It’s also the reason a fan feels so good in the summertime.
Electric space heaters are one of the most affordable and convenient energy efficient space heaters available. They are also highly portable which allows you to move them from room to room offering even greater savings. They are known for being able to heat a room quietly and consistently. New models have thermostats that will monitor the temperature and turn the unit off and on as needed to maintain the desired temperature. Electric space heaters are the most common choice of space heating, so you will find a wide range of brands and sizes available.