Staying indoors is a pleasure when your home is cozy and warm. Winter brings up visions of being snuggled up under warm blankets, sipping on a cup of hot chocolate while watching the kids play board games or build puzzles.
Ensure your ‘nest’ is warm this winter, by selecting the right heater for your home and your needs.
As far as increased comfort, cost and power usage goes, the most effective heating option is an infrared heater, like the ones often used in restaurants. These heaters are the most energy effective because they heat up objects and not the air.
All things considered, the most effective heater for your home this winter is either an oil heater or a 2 kilowatt fan heater, both with thermostats. These two types of heaters consume around the same amount of electricity to heat a room but with different advantages and disadvantages.
Oil heaters are most effective in contained spaces such as a single room. Open plan living areas are simply too big for an oil heater to make a real impact. They also take a little longer and a fair amount of energy before the heater’s effect is felt because the oil and the metal takes time to warm up.
Fan heaters provide heat and comfort immediately and they can be directed to where the hot air is most needed. Most fan heaters come with a small container that can be filled with water to prevent the air in the room from drying out. Another good idea when choosing a heater for your home is to check all your electrical cords, plugs and outlets for possible fire hazards and remember not to have too many plugs at a single connection.
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