With half your energy bills going to heating and cooling your home, it’s definitely worth considering the pros and cons of heating options. We’ll take you through what costs to consider, and our recommendations for the best space heaters.
Costs of space heater vs. central heat
Central heating by design is cheaper per BTU (British thermal unit), though it’s a much more complex question than that. It’s really about your habits and a combination of both kinds of heating that will be the most cost efficient over time. Keep reading to see what we mean.
Energy efficiency of space heater vs. central heat
Newer space heaters are energy efficient, but you should keep them in enclosed rooms rather than in an open floor plan. Do you need to heat the entire house or just a room or two? Especially if you have a large house, it makes sense to heat only a couple of rooms when the household is gathered together. Use space heaters in those areas instead of trying to keep the heat up in the whole place. At times when people are scattered throughout the house, use central heat. For multiple rooms at a time, central heating is by far more energy and cost efficient.
When should I use a space heater vs. central heat?
Use a space heater when you’re using one to rooms of the house at a time, and use central heat for warming the whole house. For longer periods, use an oil filled space heater, and for quicker, stronger heat, use ceramic space heaters.
Our picks for the best space heaters
Comfort Glow 5200BTU Quartz Wall Heater
For large rooms (about 600 sq. ft.), this is a practical, stationary, wall-mounted space heater. It’s quiet enough for cozy evenings with the family.
Beyond cost and energy efficiency, there are likely a few spots in the house that the central heating doesn’t reach well— especially the garage. Why suffer a chilly day when you’re finishing up some necessary chores? A space heater is your answer.
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