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Which Space Heater Should I Use in My LEED Building?
Joyce asks: I am looking for assistance with finding space heaters that could be used in a LEED Certified building. Could you send me a list or link. Our agency is in a green building and we may only use space heaters that are recommended for a LEED ...

Will Space Heaters and Desk Fans Qualify for LEED Credits?
We have a discussion about whether space heaters and/or desk fans can be allowed in this building or will they cause us to go against the LEED certification? Thoughts? First of all, I would like to congratulate you for working in for a company that is ...

Electrical Safety Foundation offers tips for using heaters
By Staff reports With a recent fire in Marlborough possibly started by a space heater, the Electrical Safety Foundation International has offered some tips on how to safely operate heating equipment. Heating equipment is the second leading cause of ...

Meijer recalls space heaters
A space heater from Meijer is being recalled. It's the Touch Point brand forced air fan heater. It was sold exclusively at Meijer stores from September to November 2011. They cost $20. The heater has exposed and unshielded electrical components that ...

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Discussions

Do the Amish really build those space heaters? by MysteryAndMelancholy Q: the ones you see advertised on tv and in magazines? Building space heaters just doesn't seem like a very Amish thing to do, if you ask me. Nor does advertising on heathen tv stations and in heathen magazines...

A: An Amish owned furniture factory in Ohio is contracted to build the wooden cabinets. That is their only involvement with the product. The people you see in the printed ads and TV ads that are made to appear as Amish are not really Amish, they are models and actors.

how many space heaters can i plug into one outlet? by Q: we have a modern home with breakers, in my garage there is one outlet with 2 plugs on it, i got this thing for it that makes six plugs, i have 2 space heaters pluged into it, a radio, a subwoofer, and a light, is that ok? yeah, it tripped the breaker, so i ran an extension cord to an outlet inside the house for the second heater

A: You would have to add up the AMPS of all the appliances. Most of the time a circuit is 15 to 20 AMPS. Most heaters use a lot of amps so it would be safer to use only one on that circuit.(plug) And put the other one on a different circuit (plug) Exceeding the AMP rating of the circuit can cause a fire. The circuit breaker should activate before that point but it is better to be safe than sorry.

do infrared space heaters really work and save money? by greengo Q: I never trust the testimonials from the people who sell it. Have you tried one, and did it work great for you? I am freezing right now and could really use a cheap (low energy use) way to increase the heat in here. Examples: EdenPure and ComfortZone heaters. They are expensive, do they really save you lots of money in the long run?

A: Electric space heaters are all 100% efficient at converting electricity into heat. Radiant (infrared) space heaters project heat as infrared radiation; when infrared radiation strikes a solid object it is converted to heat, so radiant heaters are better at targeted or focused heating than convection heaters. If you're freezing cold but you spend the whole day sitting at your desk, a radiant heater projected directly at you will make you feel warm even if the room is cold (and in fact, even if the door to the outside is wide open). Convection space heaters use either a fan or natural air circulation to spread their heat around a room. You can't really target them to a specific area. The other factor with space heaters is that in areas where you pay different rates depending on the time of day you are using the electricity, you may save money by storing heat during times of cheap electricity, and releasing it into your rooms during times when you need heat and electricity is expensive. This can be done using a storage heater. They are more expensive to buy than regular space heaters but if you're in a time-of-use electricity area they can save quite a bit of money if programmed correctly. I explain all of this in lots more detail on my little energy saving website. The link below is specifically to my energy efficient electric heaters page.

Do space heaters eventually lose heating power? by xxhunterxx1 Q: I have a portable electric space heater in my room that i use a lot during the cold months. i have had it for almost a year now, and i think it may be starting to lose heat output. when you think about how and why a space heater works, however, i dont see any way it would slowly lose current draw and therefore power. it is a pretty good one, a Delonghi tower style that was around $75. it is plugged into a power strip/surge protector if it helps. i also have it on low 99% of the time. any ideas or am i just imaging it?

A: If it is a tower that uses a ceramic heating element; then said heating element is clogged with dust and needs to be cleaned (at least once a year) to keep it operational as you should expect. Unplug the unit and let it cool down. Remove the back and the fan/ blower assembly. A stiff brush can remove most of the dust from the ceramic element's fins from the inside. The fan/blower assembly should be cleaned as well. You can use compressed air; but be careful as you will have to blow the air in through the front of the unit (with the back off & the fan removed) to do this. I say be careful because this will make a mess and should be done outdoors as this dust can make you very sick if exposed to your breathing space. Feel free to e-me. Happy Holidays!

can somebody help with cost efficiency of space heaters, baseboard heaters??? by jstrmbill Q: i have an apartment above my garage that does get forced heat from my furnace, but not enough....there was an old gas hot air heater in there when we moved but i was told by a rep from the elictric company that it was so old it probably cost about 200 a month to run....i had a furnace guy come in and say he could install a 55000 btu for 1300 dollars...i was considering electric baseboard heaters instead...i am looking at costs...now we also just had all our ductwork wrapped in the basement, hopefully sending a little more heat that way...has'nt been cold enough to try yet...where do i get the best for my money?? also, how much does it cost to run space heaters and baseboard heatefrs?

A: Electric space heaters and baseboard heaters are cash eaters!!! They use from 1,000watts to 2,500 watts, depending on the power supply and demand. Most space heaters that are 110VAC will draw a full 1,200 to 1,500 watts, trying to heat a cold zone!! I have even seen them overload a circuit and flip the brakers or blow 20 AMP fuses!!!! You have ducting that is insulated going into the space? GREAT!!! Call in your heating contractor, and have him simply balance the system! He will take an air volume reading from each register in the hose and in this space. He will then open, close, or install dampers wherever necessary! By balancing your heat requirements from room to room, you use about the same amount of energy, but it is used more effeciently!

Are space heaters bad for you? by chambi90 Q: I have hurd some really bad stories about space heaters.Like they start fires. Every time I put one in a room, it smells really bad and i use to wake up with terrible headaces becuase of the smell, I could never really find out what was wrong until I sniffed the heater and holy smokes it was bad. Could it also be that theyre all really old, i bought them in like 2000. Are these space heaters a health hazard for me becuase theyre old and smelly or just bad in general? What do you think?

A: There's no known harm from space heaters, anymore than any other electric heating appliance - they all work similarly. What you're smelling is most likely dust that's settled on the heating elements, and that will burn off after awhile - my wood stove smells the same way when it's first fired up for the year. So that part seems harmless enough. Of course, there's a fire danger from any heating appliance being accidently set near flammable objects, and anything with an electrical cord is something to potentially trip over, or have the dog chew on, etc. Other than the obvious hazards, though, I don't think there's any particular harm from space heaters. Jen is right, any form of electric strip heat is priced right up there, generally.

Do ceramic space heaters output any radiation? by Whobutme Q: I know some space heaters do...but do ceramic element ones?

A: Not radiation in the 'radioactive' sense. Thermal radiation yes....like any heat source. But if you start to feel nauseous, get bleeding between the teeth, low blood count.....then maybe you best get it checked.

How safe are electric space heaters? by Philip Q: really, am I just paranoid? I will not leave one unattended for more than a few minutes. I have known people who have died b/c of a space heater catching something on fire. I hear of more on the news. Just how cautious should I be?

A: I feel the same way that you do about it. If you're gonna leave the room for more than a few minutes, I'd shut it off. And make sure it's not near a wall or anything flammable. I'm not sure if you can use it on a rug or not. You might want to check that. Did it come with instructions?

Can you give me some advice on space heaters? Good brands? longevity? by fifty Q: Hi! I bought a Cozy space heater for one of my rental units several years ago and when we took the old one out, there was black charred wood behind it. It almost burned the house down. Don't remember the brand name of that one. Then a few years after we got the Cozy space heater, I think it burned out the wiring it came with as the electrician put in new wiring. It seemed not to work all that well, but it could have been the thermostat or the wiring to the thermostat even though we changed that out. It doesn't work now and I don't know why. It is now maybe ten years later and I was thinking of just buying a new unit. This unit is about a foot by a foot and seven feet tall. What would you do? It is a gas heater.

A: Your better off going with a professional HVAC contractor on this. Not only do you have to worry about fire hazards, you must also think about carbon monoxide. Get 3 or 4 estimates. Throw out the high and low, and choose the one you like best that has the best references. You may also want to check with your gas supplier. They can recommend a good contractor also. Good Luck

I am trying to settle a claim with a large manufacturer of space heaters, and other things. I had a house fire? by Q: Then the manufacturer sent out their forensic guy, and their attorney from a large law firm. The attorney from the manufacturer ran over the space heater (that we believe caused the fire) he ran over it with his rental car, my attorney witnessed it, and the forensic guy the manufacturer sent ended up dropping dead sometime later. what do I do to get the manufacturers attorney in trouble?

A: Your own attorney will handle this. There are numerous things you and your attorney can do. Just tell your attorney you want her to do something about it.

Space heaters in a california apartment? by Arrey Q: I know in California the land lord must have heating in an apartment. But at space heaters a legal means of heat??

A: No a space heater is not an acceptable heat method for a landlord to provide solely. (can throw on in though). There has to be something that is an installed feature. A fireplace is sufficient, as is any wood or pellet burning stove, floor board heaters, wall heaters, floor furnace, central heat...these are work. Basically it has to be something non-portable. Of course you may use it once a year, which is the main reason fire places are acceptable.

what are some energy efficient space heaters and do they save you alot on your electric bill? by dream5372000 Q: im moving into a studio and someone told me i should get a space heater for it to save money. what are some energy efficient ones and do they really save that much? if you have experience, about how much did it save you a month

A: I haven't seen any ratings on the energy efficiency of electric space heaters but since they all work approximately the same way I would expect little variation. The only way one will save on your electric bill is if you have electric heat to begin with and can turn down the other rooms you don't use much and use a space heater in the one you do. Electricity usually costs more to heat with than does natural gas. Also, with space heaters, especially those "milk house," gray things be very careful not to set the thermostat up so high it runs constantly. The plug at the wall will melt and start a fire. Also combustibles over them can catch fire.

Would fans and space heaters save me money? by person in need Q: Ok, im moving to a new place soon, and im thinking i dont have to spend money on the air cconditioner and heater. Im thinking space heaters and fans would save me money in that regard. Would it?

A: Fans vs air conditioners is an obvious savings as the compressor is the big draw on electricity in an a/c unit, but space heaters are one of the most expensive ways to heat any space. A central heating system is MUCH better, though space heaters can help in one particular area if you intend to live in only one room. The idea behind space heaters is exactly that, to heat only the space you are in most. Al

Where can I rent outdoor space heaters? by Ed J Q: I'm having an outdoor party soon and I need to pick up some of those outdoor space heaters they have for tailgates and such. I have no idea where to even start looking for them.

A: Call some tool rental and party equipment rental stores. Usually if one store doesn't handle a particular item they know where you can get it, if it's available in the area. Good luck...

Central heat vs space heaters? by Loki Q: This morning me and my boyfriend got into and argument about what would be more cost efficient. Three space heaters or central air. We live in a two br double wide and have one space heater for each room. My argument is for the central heat but he swears up and down the space heaters are cheaper. Which would be cheaper? I thiink we are electric furnace but im not sure of our square footage. We are trying to heat the whole house with space heaters but its still pretty cold. We do live up in the smoky moutains.

A: Too many variables. What type of central heat? What type of space heaters? What's the electric usage on the heaters/central heat? In general, natural gas cheaper than electric or propane, which are about equal right now. Also, depending upon where you live, you should probably opt for central heat to keep your water pipes from freezing. Space heaters just don't create enough heat to prevent freezing.

Do Oil raidiators more energy efficient than electric space heaters? by catscratch02 Q: want to know of a good brand and model of one to buy either from a Meijer, Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, CVS store, Best Buy, Target as those are the only stores closest to me. If you find a electric space heater to be better than please suggest a good one and where to buy this from I have no furnace and cant afford a new one at this time so I want to get either 2 space heaters or a good oil radiator. Need suggestions

A: All electric space heaters are 100% efficient, in that they convert 100% of the electrical energy into heat energy. The choice between different electric heater types therefore depends on how you want to use that heat. A radiative heater creates infrared radiation (perfectly safe) which travels through the air until it strikes an object. At that point the infrared radiation is converted to heat. So radiative (or radiant) heaters are good for focused heating. For instance you could aim one at your couch, sit on the couch, and feel perfectly warm and comfortable even if the room you're in is chilly (and the doors to the outside are wide open). Radiative heaters are a good choice if your rooms are drafty, you tend to be in one place for long periods, and you want to heat only areas where people are. On the other hand, if there are lots of people in your house or you move around a lot, a radiative heater won't do you much good (except that all the times you have to move the heater around to point at the moving person will be exercise for you which will warm you up!). Convection heaters are better for heating an entire room rather than just the object they are aimed at. A convection heater heats the air immediately around it, and then natural convection takes care of distributing the heat around the room. Your oil radiator is an example of a convection heater. Some convection heaters come with fans, to get the heat around the room faster, and these fans also help distribute the heat more evenly. This is especially useful if you are heating a large room or if you have poor insulation or drafts. If you don't use a fan in a room with poor insulation or drafts, much of the heat may escape the wall closest to where the heater is located before it has a chance to circulate through the room. Oil radiators are a form of short-term storage heater. They provide a more regular level of heat because, although the heating element may go on and off several times an hour, the oil buffers the extremes of temperature of the heating element, so that you get a more steady temperature coming from the heater. There are also long-term storage heaters, which are useful if you pay different rates for your electricity depending on the time of day. These heaters usually have a ceramic storage medium which converts electricity into stored heat when electricity is cheap, and then releases the heat when you want to heat the room and electricity is more expensive. These storage heaters are surprisingly cheap and there are portable models; you may want to consider one of these.

how safe is it to have 3 or 4 space heaters going at the same time? by jodi w Q: I have gas heat but it doesnt seem to keep the house very warm. I wanted to get some space heaters for the larger rooms but this is an old house and I am not sure if the electrical wiring can handle it. Is it safe if they are pulling current from different breakers?

A: First thing is why isn't the gas heat enough. If it has been sufficient in the past but is not now it needs checked. It could need adjusted, air filters changed, ducts cleaned or even replaced. Don't run a space heater where you can't keep an eye on it. Don't use a household extension cord as the cords are usually too small size for safety and can overheat without tripping a breaker. No one can tell you your circuitry is safe without examining it, especially adding a device like a space heater which has a large draw on electricity. Saying you need 3 or 4 raises a red danger flag to me.

Are there any 120V space heaters over 1500 Watts? by Pimp Q: I know most fuses are rated at 15 Amps. This would allow for 1800 watts. Most of the space heaters over 1500 Watts are for 240V outlets. I know most hair dryers are rated at 1875 Watts so why can't I find any 120V space heaters over 1500 Watts? Are there any 120V space heaters rate at 1800 Watts? I just want something more powerful.

A: For safety reasons I'm sure. A hair dryer is a short term draw, while a heater can run for hours, causing the house wiring to be stressed to the max.

What is the best bang for the buck with space heaters? by Q: Eden Pur, Sunheat, radiant heat,infrared, if the wattages are all the same, let's say 1500, will any give more heat than the others , or be more efficient to run? Why would an infrared heater at 1500 watts and maybe $400. put out any more heat than a 1500 watt small space heater from, say Wal-Mart? If the wattages are the same isn't the heat output the same, too???

A: Yes wattage is pretty much a direct relationship to btu output, the main thing to consider in shopping is safety and how rapid does the unit put out heat.An example is an oil filled heater takes longer to feel heat but if a combustible item was dropped near or on it it is less likely to catch fire as it has no hot spot such as a wire resistance type. The only extra consuming energy accessory would be a fan that runs with the heater, an item you may want to distribute the heat also you can get a thermostat and a built in timer to save energy and make sure it has a safety feature that if it tips over it shuts itself off. A water tank for humidity is also an option.

What is the "-phobia" word for fear of space heaters? by annoyance134 Q: I have the bizarre fear of space heaters setting my house of clothes or something on fire or getting burnt by one. I am prett sure this is unusual, so there probably isn't a word for my fear, but from using root words, what could be a word for "fear of space heaters"? other than spaceheaterphobia :P

A: You're right, there is not a specific "phobia" name for this. The closest thing would be a fear of fire which is Arsonphobia or Pyrophobia. If you wanted to creat your own name for this, it would be something like Spaceheaterphobia. LOL

space heaters and air conditioner energy savers please? by pinkmusic108 Q: everyone knows how much those space heaters in the winter time can run up an electric bill but what about air conditioners in the summer? And fans? i heard that air conditioners do not run up your electric the way space heaters do. why is that?

A: because a/c circulates the cold air while removing humidity. Space heaters actually warm up objects in the room rather than the air itself. you can get a space heater with a fan on it but it still has to run for a long time to make a big difference. if you really want to make your home or a room feel warmer cheaper in the winter use a humidifier its more efficient working with your heating system

Is it safe to leave space heaters on all night? by Shauna Kasey Q: When I go to bed at night, I have been setting my space heater for 1 hour, sometimes 2, but when I wake up a few hours later, it's really cold again. I want to know if it's safe to set the timer for 6 or 7 hours and have it stay on all night?

A: It is safe however, do to that fact they suck so much power i would put it on a surge protector.

If pipes can freeze using space heaters, then what KEEPS them from freezing using an oil furnace? by Q: What happens with furnace heat? Does it go along the pipes under the house? I am considering heating with space heaters alone, but I don't want to do it if it will burst the pipes. It's just so outrageously expensive to buy oil.

A: you have duct work that runs under your house that keeps it warm so the pipes don't freeze. space heaters will warm your house but not where the pipes are.

Space heaters use alot of power, what about electric blankets? by OldBones Q: I have been using a small space heater, just to take the chill off, so I wouldn't have to increase my central heat. I didn't want to warm the whole house, just my bedroom at night. My thermostat is set at 68.I thought I was being smart using the space heater, but now my electric bill had doubled!! My space heater has a thermostat, so it was not running continuously. Now I am leaning toward a king size electric blanket. Are they more energy efficient?

A: Our electric blanket is 180 watt for each side, and doesn't use that much continuously, so I would say it is much more efficient than a space heater that might use as much as 1,500 watts, and has a much larger area to heat. We set our thermostat to 65° at night and are toasty warm, and don't have to get in a cold bed. Good Luck

What is cheaper to run ...a heat pump furnace or 2 electric space heaters? by oktobejustme Q: I have a 980 sq foot mobile home. It has a electric furnace with a heat pump, but I can heat it with 2 space heaters. Which would use less electric?

A: Electric Spac3 heater's cost a fortune--my advice is throw them in the garbage. Been their done that. Please don't use the space heater's plus, their dangerous as well. Thanks, Victorianlady359

How bad are space-heaters in terms of energy consumption? by Scarecrow792 Q: My room is on the third story of my 1920s-era house (High School student living with parents), so it gets kinda chilly up here. I'm just hesitant to use my Space-heater because the house is already Propane-heated. I don't want to have a bigger Carbon Footpring than I already do.

A: I don't have a technical answer for you, but my impression is that space heaters aren't seen as a bad thing in terms of energy consumption. In fact I'd say they have one big advantage over a whole-house forced air system: they heat the occupant of the house rather than heating the whole house. Turn down your propane heater and keep the space heater, I say.

What is the difference between space heaters Vornado DVTH and DVH? by Lum Q: I am considering getting the Vornado digital space heater. I saw on Amazon that there are 2 main types. The DVTH and the DVH. A reviewer said that the DVTH is an upgrade from the DVH but I do not see a single difference between the products. Does anyone know? Please don't just cut and paste from other people's Amazon reviews. It is plagiarism, mark40n8.

A: I've had very good success with Vornados, including a couple that have been on for over a year continuously. We've had one fail only once, and Vornado replaced it for free. (Not a direct answer, but it may be of assistance.)

How are space heaters bad for you? by K Q: My house is very cold and I have a small space heater in my room that I keep on while I'm sleeping. I heard that they are bad for you health. Why?

A: Probably attorneys! Mine will switch itself off. I have been using one every winter for 4 years with no problems.

Are there any mantle-style gel fuel ventless fireplaces that also have built in space heaters? book shelves a+ by wilsondesign Q: Are there any mantle-style gel fuel ventless fireplaces that also have built in space heaters? book shelves a+ My new wife and I have moved into a medium apartment. We're looking for a great fireplace that utilizes gel fuel (for ambiance) and also emits auxiliary heat. Also it should be a nice piece of furniture - mantle style or bookshelves attached. thank you for your help!

A: Saw this on Overstock and thought it was pretty cool.

if i head my house with space heaters and not the actual heater will my pipes freeze? by Nick leavitt Q: im renting a house, so i dont know alot about the history of it. but I want to know if I dont use the oil heater in my house, just space heaters, will my pipes definately freeze? if so is there anything i can do to stop this?

A: You could keep your oil heater at about 45 which should protect your pipes, and run the space heaters while you are in the particular room you want heated. Also make sure you have vents in areas where you have pipes, like bathrooms. If you don't have vents in those places, be sure to keep the doors to them open so they can get the heat from the oil furnace.

I have to use space heaters for warmth tonight, any suggestions? by akristel2003 Q: Hi, My apartment's heater is broken, and I will have to use space heaters until the proper part is ordered. What kind of space heater works well, and isn't dangerous?

A: The safest kind are the radiator style oil filled heaters, they are also the most expensive. If you use any kind of forced air with a heating element you should NEVER leave them unattended or while sleeping. Since is is just for one night I would get what is cheap. Use it in the room you are in and don't leave it on while you sleep. I had one of these catch fire. Thank goodness I was right there.

Should I supplement my natural gas heating with space heaters? by Potlatcher Q: My gas bill just jumped and I'm wondering if I can effectively turn down the thermostat and use space heaters in the main area of our home? The main area has vaulted ceilings. At night I would put space heaters in the bedrooms for sleeping and crank the heat way down.

A: Actually, I had an energy audit last year by our utility provider and that is exactly what they told me to do and it has saved money on the electric bill.

Which space heaters can heat a 400 sq ft studio? by Q: I have a 400 sq ft studio. Most of the space heaters I've seen are made for smaller rooms, but as it's a studio I can't close any doors or anything to make it smaller. There is a radiator but it doesn't get the job done. Thanks. I have about 9ft ceilings and good insulation. Could you please go into more detail about different circuits and what else I can't plug in there and why? Thanks.

A: You need about 2,000 BTUs of heat for that area . It take 3 watts of electric heat to equal one BTU (a standard measurement of Heat). That would require about four 1500 watt electric space heaters. That would require most of the electricity from each of 4 different circuits in your studio apartment. Your steam radiator probably gives you about 1,000 BTUs ... so the radiator plus 2 small electric heaters would work, Just make sure that you don't plug both of your heaters into the same circuit . You can probably unplug your Microwave and plug one heater in there. And then an outlet at the other end of your studio would probably be alright to plug the other electric heater in there. ........ Warning do not use a hair dryer or an electric toaster while your electric heaters are plugged in.

Do Oil Space Heaters cost Less to run? by Alex D Q: I have heard that an Oil-Based electric space heater costs less money to run per month than a ceramic-space heater or fan-space heater. Is this true? Also, I know almost all space heaters are rated at 1500 watts, but some do heat better than others. Do oil based cost less?

A: Oil based is always better than "electric" due to cost of energy. Your best best would be to got to a Home Depot and compare.

Is it cheaper to have 3 space heaters in 3 separate rooms of a house, or to warm an entire house? by Rawrness Q: I just moved into a shared house, it's a 3 bedroom house and each room is heated by it's own random space heater. From what I remember they use more electricity but because you are heating up a smaller area you still save. However at some point this would be counter productive. I think heating up 3 rooms is probably at that point. I'm unsure of what heaters they are using and mine is a rather old "patton prh6" heater.

A: You don't mention where you live, so it's hard to guess how much heat you'll need. Running three electric space heaters could draw up to 4500 watts, about 38 amps, so take a look at your breaker panel or fuse box to how much power is available. An old house with a 50 amp main capacity would not be a good place to try. Regardless, no two heaters should be on the same 15 amp circuit, the most common type used for room wall receptacles in homes. If you've got a gas furnace in the house, I'm pretty sure it will do a better job. You could set the thermostat for it at say 65 degrees, and then use a space heater to warm up the room you're spending time in, the best use for space heaters.

How many space heaters can be plugged into a single electrical circuit and turned on for an ext. period of t? by Ari Q: The insulated wiring in a house can safely carry a maximum current of 18 A. The electrical outlets in the house provide an alternating voltage of 120 V. A space heater when plugged into the outlet operates at an average power of 1500 W. How many space heaters can safely be plugged into a single electrical outlet and turned on for an extended period of time?

A: if u plug a extention lead in then put 4 in that should be fine baby girl xx

Is it cheaper to use space heaters or central heating? by Q: Specifically, i live in a two bedroom apartment, and own two space heaters. I haven't really analyzed our typical heating bill, but generally speaking does anyone think i would be saving money by using these and turning down our thermostat about 5 degrees? Seran wrap as well; if i seran wrapped the windows, would it end up paying for itself?

A: 1 Put plastic on your windows all except for maybe one so you can get fresh air on generally warm days. 2 Turn your heat down and use the space heater in the room you are in or place it in a common area. 3 If you have a timed thermostat, set it for a warm period about 1 hour before you go to bed and one hour before you wake up. 4 Never, ever leave a space heater on while you are away or asleep. I hope this helps.

Is it cheaper to heat a house with electric space heaters or turn on the gas for the heater? by Q: My apartment is 2 stories and around 700-800 sq. ft. Will using 2 space heaters along with regular everyday use of an oven and dryer warm the house enough? Will it be cheaper to just turn on the gas?

A: I use a combination. Mainly, I use space heaters. I use the gas heat occasionally. Two space heaters running all the time cost me about $100 a month and do a nice job keeping me toasty. The gas heat comes on and cuts off and comes on. I prefer the electric space heaters staying on providing constant heat. I can live with that heating bill considering how much other people pay. Here in SD, the more I use of gas or electric then the less I pay per unit.

Do space heaters consume enough energy to blow fuses? by Peach Q: Every time we blow a fuse at work, the space heaters of the office are blamed. It couldn't be the copy machine, 6 adding machines, 12 computers, 5 radios, the toaster, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator or anything else blowing the fuse? Yesterday, our "transformer" was running hot. We were told it was due to the space heaters. I'm not talking about a heater large enough to heat entire rooms, I'm talking a small heated fan that runs on LOW for half of the day. Does this really contribute to that much energy consumption?

A: The link below gives the typical energy use of appliances. But a computer would use 100 to 200 watts when on. A lot of space heaters you would find for a home and such are 1200 watts or even more. This is 10 or more amps. A small space heater, 700 watts, would draw 6 amps. So a space heater is a much bigger load than a computer. A small radio may use only 50 watts when on. The total current draw is what matters. I think the real issue here is that the electric wiring was planned for the normal office load. When even small space heaters are added it pushs the load past the breaker or fuse limit and it trips the breaker or fuse for that circuit.

is it better to use space heaters in your home? by peachez Q: i have 2 because i am always cold. i keep my heat between 70 and 74 degrees or should i ditch the space heaters and go to 80 on my thermometer?

A: Space heaters should really only be used when you are right there with them. For fire safety reasons, never leave them alone. It probably costs more to run space heaters than to up your thermostat to the higher level. A central heating unit or elactric baseboard heaters are more efficient. You could also try to get the heat down from the ceiling by running a ceiling fan on low... it moves the air and evens out cool spots and also brings the heat down from the ceiling.

I need some suggestions for buying portable space heaters? by Q: My very old farmhouse (which I rent) does not have a consistent heat source, or heat of any kind. I rely on space heaters in the winter, but this can get expensive when it gets very cold. Any suggestions for a good, energy-efficient space heater?

A: If you rent it, the owner should provide you with a reliable source of heat. Depending on where you live, this is often one of their legal obligations. Space heaters are not meant to be used when you are sleeping or out of the room. They are very dangerous. My parents had one that was energy efficient, less than one year old and the plug ended up melting into the socket. Had they not been home and smelled the burning smell, their house could have caught fire. The same heater also had an automatic shut off when tipped over or covered with anything, however, had been tipped over once and had they not caught it, could have caused a problem, as it didnt shut of like it said it would. Be very weary of ANY space heater you use, make sure you read instructions very carefully and check over the cords, casing etc regularly and that they are on a stable surface and not near anything that could get caught in them. I once had a oil filled radiator style heater that wasnt an open, forced heat style like most are. To me, it was safer because one- it was fairly large and didnt seem to be tipped easily and also, all the heating elements were all inside of the metal "fins". I never turned it up to full capacity and only used it on occasion. However, it only kept a small bedroom moderately warm. You shouldnt have to heat with space heaters, talk to the owner and find out the laws in your state regarding this.

Are small electric space heaters a risk for fire or CO poisoning? by mememe Q: We have a small Honeywell space heater that I wanted to use to heat our bedroom (shared by my wife, 3 year old, and myslef) while we sleep. We are waiting to have our boiler replaced but wont be done until about a week from now. I was concerned about fire risk and possible CO poisoning but I think that's more an issue with propane space heaters. Thanks in advance.

A: No, CO is only produced in combustion devices. Electrical heaters don't use combustion. You are safe from CO. However, they can be a fire risk so be very careful that they are in a place that they won't be tipped over. Also, don't use an extension cord!! Just be careful.

Is electric space heaters more cost effecient versus heat pumps powered by furnace in a smaller space? by justn4me Q: I live in a small 900 sq. ft. home. My heat pump quit working and now I am using small space heaters which seem to heat my home better than the heat pump. I am using a total of 3 1500 watt electric space heaters that cut on and off according to degree of temperature in my home. I don't want to make my electric bill sky rocket, so I am trying to decide whether to go ahead and get my heat pump serviced or to wait and keep using the small heaters. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!!

A: No, space heaters are extremely unefficient.

What space heaters DONT dry out the air? by Q: I've been using a cheap little forced air space heater, but I can hardly leave it on when I'm in the room because the air gets so dry! What options are there when it comes to space heaters?

A: Unfortunately all space heaters do this.

What is the difference in electric space heaters? by gsc88 Q: At stores such as Wal-mart or Lowe's and the like you will find all different kinds of electric space heaters they all are 1500w at the max, some are more expensive than others, some are bigger but all are 1500w. Does one put out more heat than others?

A: No. Although some may distribute that heat better than others, IE. a better fan design or better grill opening etc. 1500 Watt is the highest load an average electrical circuit in a home can support. High wattage's require connection to a higher load circuit. Since the stores want to sell sell sell those things, they don't want you to have to call an electrician to hook it up. If 1500 W won't do it, call your local HVAC company to fix your furnace.

What's the difference in regular electric space heaters and the Eden pure space heater? by Shep Q: Been checking prices online for space heaters and have found some models that run anywhere from $100.00 to $160.00 but when I found this Eden pure brand they run up to $380.00 to basically heat the same square footage. Do they heat differently than other makes or are they just more expensive because of their looks?

A: they use an infrared quartz heating element. They don't suck alot of moisture out of the air, and have a washable filter. (if ou have animals that shed, you should probably rinse it every 2 weeks or so) They keep the floor to ceiling temps pretty even, at least the manual says so. In bigger rooms, it's not as true. The cabinet that they are in doesn't get hot, except in the front where the the heat actually comes out from, so you can use them for convenient side tables. :) They are said to use only as much electrcity as a coffee maker. They will last from 3-5 years. I didn't really notice a drop in my electric bill when I switched to that one from a regular space heater. Overall, I'm not terribly impressed, and I don't want to buy another one.

What are the space heaters of the past that get burning hot and blow 5 feet out? by Q: I am sick and tired of all of these pathetic excuses for space heaters that have hit the market in this last decade. Little things that get luke warm and blow out air 3, maybe 4 inches tops out of the unit. Where can I find one of the old fashion monsters that they quick making because of kids burning themselves on them, fires caused by cloth around them or by shoddy electrical wiring?

A: A Furnace. I don't know where to get them at but I know a lot of houses that still have them and repairmen that still fix em, so they should still possibly make them.

Do most electric space heaters put out the same amount of heat? by Shay Q: I was recently shopping for electric space heaters at Walmart. I notice they range in price from $14-$60. All of the heaters were 1500 watts no matter what the brand or size of the heater. Since they are all 1500 watts are they putting out the same amount of heat? Can I get the same heat out of a $14 heater as I could get from say a $40 one? None of the space heaters listed the BTU output on the box.

A: Basically yes. The difference is in the bells and whistles on the heater. For example, I have one that is thermostatically controlled which means it will only come on when the room temperature drops below a certain level and then it is only putting out 1500 watts. I have another one that provides a safety feature that if the heater is accidently tipped over, it will turn itself off and not continue to run. I have still another which rotates the heat without rotating the entire heater. They all still provide the same wattage, but they have different features or BTU output that increased or decreased the price point.

Space Heaters? by Andy D Q: I have tried SO many space heaters: - Ceramic Tower - Electric Stove/Fireplace - Oil-Filled Radiator - Stanley Ceramic Heater/Blower - Honeywell Utility Heater - Radiant Light Heater - and NOW a micathermic heater nothing is working! I'm trying to supplement my electric baseboard heat, which heats the entire common area of my apartment, by trying to heat only the area that i'm sitting in.... what should I do?? What else should I try?

A: If you are sitting at a desk you can get one of those under-desk flat panel heaters. They keep your legs warm and that keeps you from getting too chilly. If you want to warm up the whole room or your place in it I am surprised none of those you tried worked for you. Typically a radiant heater will keep you warm without heating all of the air in the room so it is economical.

space heaters? by pinkmusic108 Q: I need answers only from those who have had to use space heaters please so the answers will be first hand from people who have used them. My house has no heat right now because my furnace went out Hopefully it will be fixed on the first but that is besides the point. Right now I have to use a space heater to heat up my house. I live in a small mobile home so both my living room and kitchen can heat up with only one heater. My living room is about 12 by 16 and kitchen about 12 by 12. I want to know if my electric will be going up sky high because I have my heater running from about 1am until 4pm when I leave for work and unplug it. Im on a budget plan on my electric meaning I pay the same amount each month until settlement month in may. I live in southeast Michigan. I heard alot of people say that my bill will be way up there, some say it may go up but not by much as the newer models are no different than using an airconditioner, some say I wont even notice a difference. Help

A: Our electric utility provider has a handy calculator on its website that enables you to figure out how much an appliance, fan, space heater, anything electric is costing you per hour to run. Check to see if yours has the same thing. In our area, SDGE says it costs about 7 cents an hour to run a 1500 watt space heater.

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