Using Heaters Around the Home: Different Heaters for Different Rooms
Space heaters can be your best friend on a cold winter or late autumn day, but different heaters are ideal for varying situations. When you’re cuddled up under blankets on your bed with flannel sheets, you may not need a space heater in the room giving off 5,000 Btu.
Here are a few tips for finding the right heater for each room in your home.
The living room is a social space, and it tends to be where a lot of homeowners place the most emphasis on interior design. As a result, you don’t want your space heater to stick out like a sore thumb. This is where designer ceramic space heaters can help: Built to look like decorative features, seamlessly blending in with the rest of your decor, these heaters are both functional and beautiful.
If you want your space heater to cover a wide space in your living room, consider purchasing an oscillating model. If the room just needs a little extra warmth and you really want to keep your space heater out of sight, a low profile heater is a great choice. These are inspired by baseboard heating and silently circulate warm air throughout the room.
Sometimes the right heater for your living room, or any other room, is actually one that can both provide heat and cooling airflow–a combination tower heater and fan. This type of all-season space heater/fan is an excellent choice for those who don’t want to store a separate fan and heater. Lasko’s All Season Comfort Control Tower Fan & Heater in One is elegantly designed and is equipped with great features like thermostat control, timer function, oscillation, and a multi-function remote control.
If you’re cooking or baking in the kitchen, your oven and stove top may provide the added warmth you need. But if your kitchen is still a chilly spot, you can supplement the heat with a compact heater. After all, when you’re chopping and dicing, the last thing you want are cold fingers.
Personal heaters are equally great for the home office. Any time you need to be concentrating on detail-oriented work with your hands in cold weather, a personal heater can help. It can also keep you more nimble and focused on the task at hand.
Alternatively, you can use a larger space heater, like a pedestal or tower heater, in this space. These devices are perfect for a little cozy reading in your favorite armchair during the evening.
Fixing up the snowplow or doing a bit of work on the car? Since the garage isn’t usually part of your average HVAC system, it can get frosty in there. Warm up with a ceramic utility heater, which features a durable construction that fits in perfectly with your other tools. Grip handles make these heaters easy to carry as well.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buying a heater that’s too large for your living space is actually a safety hazard, so make sure your heater is an appropriate size for your room. When it comes to electric heaters, make sure yours is plugged directly into a wall outlet – not into a surge protector, extension cord or other similar device. Also, be sure to keep it at least 3 feet away from furniture, walls and fabric, never leave it running unattended, and follow all manufacturer guidelines.
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