Easy ways to stay warm indoors during in-between seasons
Many people who live in four-season climates have three wardrobes – winter, summer and an in-between selection of clothes that will keep them warm or cool, depending on the weather in fall and spring. There’s a lesson in that for homeowners trying to keep their homes warm during the transitional days between winter and spring without the expense of running their furnaces at full tilt.
One way to do that is to use room humidifiers to make the most of comfortable, indoor temperatures. Humid air tends to warm up the atmosphere by retaining heat longer, thereby maximizing the warmth that’s been put into your home when the furnace is running or if you use space heaters at selected times. For instance, if the thermostat is set to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, it may feel closer to 70 degrees when a humidifier is used.
When humidifiers are added to the mix of electric appliances in your home, they can also help moisturize dry skin, lips and the respiratory tract, which is great help to family members in your household who may suffer from allergies or asthma. After a winter of dried air caused by constant indoor heating, a humidifier can be a welcome addition.
Staying Comfortable Between Seasons
Looking for other ways to get through these seasonal days comfortable and warm? The answer is probably in your closets. It may seem like an obvious solution, but people frequently raise the thermostat rather than put on a sweater or take an extra blanket out of the linen closet. Perhaps if you keep sweaters, hoodies, fleece throws and extra blankets readily at hand in each room rather than stored away, your family would be more inclined to use them.
Consider where you and your loved ones spend most of your time and plan your heating of those spaces accordingly. For instance, remember to shut doors to rooms that are unoccupied for much of the day or night so heat from the rooms that are in use won’t slip away.
If you only occupy the kitchen and a family room during an average evening at home, those are the spaces where ceramic space heaters could be put to their best use. Ceramic models not only do a superlative job of warming a room quickly and thoroughly, but they come in many attractive styles that go well with various types of home design.
Warm up Your Large Rooms With an Oscillating Tower Heater
If you’ve got a larger space, it may be time to invest in an oscillating tower heater to help keep your home nice and toasty.
Consider the benefits
There are many factors that make oscillating tower heaters great. The long shape ensures top-to-bottom warmth. Additionally, the oscillating feature covers the space laterally. If you’re a homebody who moves around a room frequently, these models may be the perfect fit for your lifestyle. Rather than worrying about leaving the warmth of a stationary heater, you can move freely in a space without sacrificing heat.
Additionally, these devices are available in a variety of sizes. Smaller ones can be used on the floor or the table, while larger ones should remain on the floor. Be sure to look at the manufacturer’s instructions before placing the unit on a tabletop.
There are several color options and it’s easy to find one that complements your room’s style. Smaller units may blend more easily into their surroundings. Larger units may require some reconfiguration of a room’s decor.
As with any heater, it’s important to be safe. Make sure that a unit has sufficiently cooled before attempting to move it. Never leave a unit unattended for any amount of time. Remember to place the heater well away from any flammable objects.
If you have small children or pets, it may be wiser to purchase a tabletop heater and keep the unit and its cord safely out of reach while in use. The oscillating feature may be beneficial for you, but it can also pique curiosity and may lead children and pets to approach the device, creating a risk.
The length of the unit may make it awkward to carry, so remember to practice caution. Make sure that children and pets are well out of reach whenever you move the heater.
Oscillating tower heaters will keep you toasty all winter. Their wide coverage and versatility will keep any room heated. Decide which size best suits your lifestyle – smaller ones boast more portability, whereas larger ones will be cumbersome but are great for larger spaces. Practicing safety while using one of these units will make sure you and your loved ones stay warm all winter long.
Use Space Heaters As a Warming Alternative
Electric space heaters are especially helpful when you have a room that’s chillier than the rest of the house or at times when only one or two rooms in your home are occupied. In those cases, heating a small area is all you want and there’s no need to raise your thermostat and your heating bills with it.
This time of year is also when you may be spending more time in an unheated garage or basement workshop, where gardening tools and project supplies need to be cleaned and tested for use in the months ahead. If this is where you spend time puttering, invest in a utility space heater to keep you comfortable while you work on a project, make a car repair or search for items in your long-term storage bins.
Choosing heaters with fans
If you really want to phase out your main source of heating early this time of year, use space heating models that have fans to spread warm air over a larger space. Fan-forced heaters and ceramic heaters are in this category.
While both types have safety features like automatic shut-off when the units reach a certain level of heat, the fan-forced models run quite hot and aren’t good to have around children or pets. The heated metal coils in these models do a great job of pushing heat through a room, but they reach high temperatures. They’re a good choice for utility space heating.
Ceramic heaters also have fans that move warmth throughout a room. However, the ceramic material used in the heating element will automatically reduce the wattage used and shut off if the air coming from the fan becomes blocked or the unit reaches a high temperature. Ceramic models are also a versatile choice for your house because they come in many sizes, colors and styles that are attractive enough to blend in like a room accessory.
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