My solution to cost-effective heating

Last month, whilst looking at my heating bill, I was shocked to discover that almost one week’s paycheck (per month) was going to keeping my house at a bare 65 degrees and thus I decided a change had to be made and after reaping the benefits of my “discovery” I realized that I must share this information (and perhaps future discoveries) with all of you and this is why I’ve started my own blog.

So let’s get into the whole story line:

I sewed a floor that is heavy  to a ceiling curtain and hung it in the hallway separating the bottom floor of my house from the upstairs, in hopes that this way I wasn’t heating empty bedrooms and a secondary bathroom the entire day; I turned my furnace thermostat down to the setting that is lowest and bought a small electric heater to heat the bottom floor during all but the time we were sleeping upstairs and the end result was most certainly surprising, the bill got cut by about 35%! (pretty impressive if I may say so myself)

Gas in my area is constantly going up, this year it was 12 percent however electricity is apparently going down so therefore I am thinking about not using gas heating at all and getting another electric heater for upstairs at night and this just adds to my confusion in regards to what kind of electric heater to get, probably one of the primary factors would be efficiency… I’ve seen a lot of models based on quartz, near infrared, oil and so forth, but it’s hard to guess which one works best and must at least provide decent safety; these concerns are what led me to discover one of the best methods to reduce your home heating bill: Only heat the available rooms that are occupied!
Especially when there’s only one person at home and they’re actually only using one or perhaps two rooms at most and thus it’s much simpler to heat a room or two by using a electric space heater.

Space heaters have very high efficiency, primarily infrared based ones and therefore convert almost all of the electricity used into heat; Unfortunately, electricity is often generated from perishable resources such as gas, oil or coal and only about 30% of the energy used goes into electricity.

Depending on the energy costs in your area,  you’d probably wouldn’t want to use electricity to heat your entire house in a harsh climate even though it’s often the most cost efficient method for heating small to medium surfaces. According to the Central Maine Power Company, the average cost of running an electric heater is approximately 13 cents per hour.

It’s always wise to be concerned about safety: space heaters can be dangerous! perhaps even deadly, especially if you have pets or small children. The purchasing decisions should always have safety at the highest regards and the user must always ensure to adhere to the general recommendations and usage instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Space heaters generally provide heat in one of the two ways: radiant heaters actually heat the objects at which they’re pointing to and they do not heat up the air in the room. In retrospect,  the other type, convection heaters, warm the  air around them.

Radiant vs. convection heaters

Not heating the air is an advantage for radiant heaters; there are no drafts from the moving air and radiant heat is great for heating just small portions of a room. Only the areas that require heating are heated and therefore less energy is utilized, you can just point the radiant heater at the place where you’ll be most of the time!

Radiant heaters make use of a variety of heating elements such as quartz tubes, quartz based heaters cost less than $70 and are usually rated between 750 and 1500 watts.
Parabolic heaters use a core that is ceramic, they cost a little more than quartz ones but have approximately the same efficiency (amount of heat / watt used); ceramic heaters are safer than heaters with coils because they use a larger heating area so it  doesn’t need to be as hot.
Halogen (reflective heaters) use produce heat which is reflected by nearby objects; this feeling is much like the sun shine around you.
Convection heaters can heat a whole room quite more quickly than a radiant heater; this works well if there are a quite a number of people in the room or if they’re moving about within the same vecinity; Additionally, some convection heaters have fans to circulate  fresh air in the room and they usually are inexpensive, you might get one rated up to 5,000 BTU’s for less than $50.

So which heater is best?

Whatever you pick we hope that your utility bill won’t be the hottest thing in your home this winter!

Mandie Marie