Three Types of Space Heaters that can Help You Heat Your Home
If you have small spaces in your house that almost never seem to stay warm when it’s cold outside, a small heater might be just what you need.
Feeling a bit chilly, are you? Toes going numb? Lips turning blue? It happens. Whether it’s because of poor insulation or a surprise cold-snap, sometimes our homes just aren’t as cozy as we want them to be. That’s where a space heater can really come in handy. This is especially true if you’ve got a big place. It’s frequently not economical to turn on that gigantic furnace and heat up your entire house, especially if you’re just using one or two rooms for the day. There are a few types of space heaters, though, and each have their merits.
Infrared (IR) space heaters are one of the most energy-efficient and high-tech ways to heat a room. IR heaters use infrared red light to heat up physical objects, not the air (which is clear, so it doesn’t catch light). The result is a penetrating heat that feels warm and relaxing all the down to your bones, and they tend to be extremely quiet, not to mention easy on your electric bill.
Circulating heaters are the most common ones you’ll find for sale. If a store only has one type, it’s probably this, and there’s a good reason for that: They do the job, and don’t cost too much. These heaters usually feature a ceramic (or metal coil) element that heats up, and often a fan that blows across it and distributes that hot air, ideally with an oscillating motion. Because of that, this may be a good solution for large rooms where people may be more spread out, as they tend to heat the room evenly.
If you’ve ever seen an old New York apartment (in real life or in the movies) you’re familiar with the look of the accordion-like, old-school radiators. There’s a reason so many places still have them: They’re extremely efficient and long lasting. While apartments used steam from the building’s pipes, the modern space-heater version are filled with oil. Once they heat up, they pump out a ton of heat and do it silently. They’re big and heavy, but they can be wheeled around to where they’re most needed. They’re impressively effective.