When the weather starts to turn cold, many homeowners start looking for ways to save money on their heating costs. One popular way of doing this is by using a space heater instead of turning up the thermostat and running your furnace continuously. If you are considering making this change contact HVAC professionals, there are some things you need to know before deciding if it will actually be cheaper in the long run.
One factor that might influence your decision is the cost of power. According to the US Energy Information Administration, an electric space heater typically costs about $0.11 per hour to run and a furnace around $0.33 per hour for gas heaters or as much as $0.36 if you have oil heating in your home. If you are paying more than this amount each month on energy bills then it may be cheaper to use the electricity from your utility company rather than buying something like one of those portable propane heaters that can go anywhere inside or outside of your home because they are significantly less expensive to operate (about $0.02-$0031).
Another consideration would be convenience – do you want people walking through your living room to get from the front door to the kitchen? If so, then an electric space heater may not be for you. However, if you live in a smaller home with just one or two bedrooms and want your family members to have flexibility about where they are situated at any given time during the day, it might be worth considering either an electric or propane portable heat source as long as cost is not too much of a concern.
A third thing that should factor into your decision-making process would be safety – what will keep everyone safe from potential burn injuries associated with getting too close to lit objects like fireplaces or cooktops? Remember that children can’t tell us when something hurts them but mothers typically know best; if you’ve ever heard a child scream from an injury, you know that it is the most frightening sound in all of human history.
If you don’t have the money to invest in a new heating system right now, there are some things that can be done on your own. Investing in an energy efficient space heater or portable heaters may help improve heating efficiency while also saving some money!