Guide to Electric Space Heaters for Winter
Space heaters sell a lot as the winter approaches. It is all about getting the best quality model rather than the most expensive one. Prices for these simple heaters range from $50 to $450, based on complexity and range the heater covers. The heat should be given out evenly rather than to just one section of the bedroom or living room. Look at safety features to make a formal decision on your space heater. Here's a quick rundown on what you should want.
Space heaters have a certain fire risk on them which makes people hesitant to look for a new one while manufacturers try to fix those mistakes. Find a sensor on the heater that shuts it off if it starts to overheat or accidentally falls over. It needs to be safe for children and any pets in the room. One major reason for any fires from space heaters is a damaged power cord. They also are easy to trip over and cause injury. So, look at all electric space heaters and their cords to see if it has been tested for not being easily damaged and it is not recommended to use an extension cord because it makes it more dangerous. Also, they should be lightweight rather than heavy.
There are a great number of space heaters that fill a variety of functions. They can be used to warm a small space, a room, your office, but not an entire house. They are typically used to either supplement central heating or as a low cost alternative to central heating. Obviously it is cheaper to heat a single room that you actually use than your entire house with rooms being empty. During the day you may just heat your home office while at night you only heat bedrooms as needed.
Here are some special features a space heater should have:
- Thermostat - You can see and set the desired temperature.
- Timer - It's for the times when you are not in the room and it shuts itself off after you depart.
- Power Cord Length - It should be at least 6 feet long, providing flexibility with the options to where you can sit the heater in to avoid the flammable objects it could touch such as certain furniture and curtains. They should always be on the floor.
- Remote Control - You don't have to make the changes at the heater; a press of a button from a few feet away does the work for you.
When buying a space heater, get one with a label that is certified to be tested and passed inspection. There is Underwriters Laboratory (UL), Intertek (ETL), and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). They state that the production of the heater and how it performs in meeting safety standards. Having a good space heater this winter is important, but so is the safety of everyone in the house with it. You should be warm rather than being on fire.