Work from Home? The 3 Best Types of Space Heaters for Busy Home Workers
Working from home has its perks. With the whole house to yourself, it’s easier to get work done. But it’s also easier to rack up the heating bills. Why heat the whole home when you’re only working in one or two rooms? A space heater is a cost-effective way to stay warm during the winter months without overtaxing the thermostat and your wallet. There is a huge variety of space heaters on the market, all of which can help keep you warm. Your work-from-home lifestyle needs determine the efficiency of each one. Larger models will take longer to cool down and move. Smaller electric space heaters are portable, and can move from room-to-room with you. There are also certain models that are more beneficial for those who stay in one place (like a home office desk) during the day. Which should you choose? Here’s a helpful look at the three best types of space heaters to suit your unique work-from-home needs.
1) Keep It Personal with a Tabletop or Compact Heater
Keep your office toasty with a tabletop or compact heater. Both are smaller in size, but pack plenty of heating power to keep you warm. A tabletop heater like the MyHeat™ Personal Heater can sit on the desk, coffee table, or countertop, providing direct, concentrated personal heat where you work. A tabletop heater is ideal for those who own pets or have small children in the home – it sits at a higher level where small hands (and paws) can’t reach. (And no worries if they did – this heater features a cool-touch exterior, so accidental touches won’t burn.) For those who want to keep the heat by their feet, a compact heater like the Oscillating Ceramic Heater with Handle can be placed on either the floor or desktop. Slightly larger than a personal heater, the Oscillating Ceramic Heater is still portable, and small enough to tuck into a home office without being obtrusive. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) recommends that all portable heaters should be placed at least three feet away from soft materials, like curtains, clothing, and papers. If your desk tends to be full, you may want to choose a heater that sits on the floor instead.
2) Control Temps with a Tower Heater
Tower heaters, with their sleek, vertical design, are made to sit on the floor and out of the way. These come in a variety of sizes, so you’ll have no trouble finding the best one to fit your lifestyle. A tower heater is perfect for a larger home office or working at the dining room or kitchen table. The slim Ceramic Tower Heater with AutoEco Technology and Remote includes an automatic electronic thermostat that maintains comfort while using less energy, and circulates through 3 different heat settings. Oscillating tower heaters ensure even heat coverage throughout the room, so you’ll be warm no matter where you sit. The All Season Comfort Control Tower Fan & Heater in One is a good investment for year-round comfort, since it’s both a warming heater and a breezy fan; no need to swap it out when the season changes. Choose a tower heater with a remote control (both models listed include one), which allows you to adjust the heat settings without ever having to leave your seat.
3) Carry On with a Portable Utility Heater
Portable heaters can be as mobile as you are, and move with you from room to room throughout the day. Much like a laptop, these powerful heaters are made to be moved, without sacrificing comfort or usability. Utility heaters are small and convenient when it comes to mobility and use. Models like the Pro-Ceramic Utility Heater come with an easy-grip handle that allows you to quickly grab them and change locations. Utility heaters make up for their small size with their features. The heads can be pivoted to cover the exact area that needs to be heated, and include built-in safety features like overheat protection. These models are designed for maximum durability and versatility. For those who do not stay in one place during the day, or prefer a more rugged design to a tower design, a utility heater is the best choice.
It comes down to mobility and use. Models like the Ceramic Utility Heater with Adjustable Thermostat come with an easy-grip handle that allows you to quickly grab them and change locations. Utility heaters make up for their small size with their features. The heads can be pivoted to cover the exact area that needs to be heated, and include built-in safety features like overheat protection. These models are designed for maximum durability and versatility. For those who do not stay in one place during the day, or prefer a more functional design to a tower design, a utility heater is the best choice.
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