Saving Money & Energy

How to Choose the Best Electric Space Heater for Your Room

We all know that one person … you know, the one who is cold no matter the temperature? Okay, maybe I know that person because I am that person. Known to wear a cardigan sweater in July, I’m always a little chilly. Sometimes, turning on the central heater doesn’t make the most sense. What to do?! Turn on your space heater!

If you’re looking to stay warm and save money this winter, supplemental zone heating and space heaters go hand in hand (more on zone heating in a bit). When you hear the words “space heater” you may not be sure what that means. Or you might have a picture in your mind that is far less stylish than something you want in the middle of your home. Today, space heaters are far more diverse than they were in the past. While traditional models that are wood encased and unobtrusive are still around (as well as milkhouse heaters), there are now many options to choose from. Maybe a charming electric stove heater from duraflame® (available in a variety of colors) is what you envision for your home. Or maybe an electric space heater that looks like a decorative lantern would fit your décor.

When trying to choose the perfect electric space heater to fit your needs and lifestyle, there are a few things to consider to make sure you get the perfect fit.

Measure Up Your Room to Choose the Best Electric Space Heater

You’ll need to know what your heating needs are and there’s only one way to find out: by taking your room’s measurements. Perhaps the most important part of selecting a space heater is measuring your room. This allows you to choose a heater that can properly heat your space.

One point of comparison you may look at is traditional electric heaters versus infrared quartz electric heaters. Traditional electric space heaters from duraflame are capable of heating rooms up to 400 square feet. Duraflame Infrared quartz heaters are capable of heating rooms to up 1,000 square feet. So, depending on your space and needs, you can figure out the best option for you.

Get in the Zone and Save Money (and Energy)

Ready to save some cash? Purchasing a heater that is appropriately sized for your room is the first order of business. Another great way to save is to choose a heater with special features like an energy saving mode, adjustable thermostat, and/or a programmable timer. These features help minimize power usage and maximize savings. Your home will be warm and your wallet will be happy.

Take saving to the next level by implementing a supplemental zone heating strategy in your home. Supplemental zone heating will quickly become your favorite way to save some money during the winter. What is zone heating? Supplemental zone heating is a concept in which you lower your central heating system and instead use a supplemental heat source in the rooms you occupy most (but for the most realistic expectations, it’s also important to make sure your home’s insulation is up to code). Think of it like this: heat where you need it and not where you don’t — on demand heat!

Let’s put it into practice: if your family spends the majority of their time in the downstairs TV room and hardly any time in the upstairs game room during the day, go ahead and turn the central unit down and enjoy heat from an outside source like an infrared heater. Once night falls, you can turn the thermostat back up to heat your family’s bedrooms while everyone sleeps. This way, everyone stays comfy and cozy while you’re saving dough. Sounds like a plan to me!

Find the Design of the Best Electric Space Heater for You

Stove? Lantern? Tower? Which one is best for my room?

This is the fun part! Once you’ve determined the output you’ll need to accommodate your room, now it’s time to choose the design. Do you need something a little bigger

or will a smaller stove heater get the job done? Are you looking for something small and compact for your office or do you need a stove unit for your library?

Depending on the look you’re going for in your room and your heating needs, there is a design for everyone and every room out there.

Let’s talk stove heaters. These are a great option that will heat up your room in no time. Their footprints are generally pretty small, which means they won’t take up a ton of floor space, and their look is super stylish. There are several colors and styles available and they work perfectly with the modern farmhouse look. The duraflame® Large Infragen Stove Heater with 3D Flame & Remote Control (DFI-5020) is an excellent choice because it heats rooms up to 1,000 square feet and looks great in the process. Bonus: it comes in five different colors that can be just the accent you’re looking for.

duraflame Infragen Stove heater
The duraflame Infragen Stove Heater with 3D Flame® Effect is another versatile electric space heater that works with a variety of home décor styles, including coastal cottage.

Or maybe you’re looking for a lantern to help you create a coastal cottage look in your home? Here’s a cool one: the duraflame 28″ Electric Lantern with Infrared Heat and Remote Control (10ILH8973). Three faux candles glow in warm white, cool white, or icy blue light with 3 brightness settings, and there is an optional flickering candle effect. You also have the option of operating the candles without heat for ultimate ambiance during warmer months.

Space heater lantern

An oscillating tower is perfect for keeping the heat moving all the way around the room. The duraflame Portable Electric Infrared Quartz Oscillating Tower Heater (5HM7000-PO78) is a great, portable option and the infrared heat helps to maintain the natural humidity within the air, resulting in the most comfortable heat. No dry eyes with this model!

Last, but not Least: Safety Features and Noise Control

Electric heaters have come a long way in terms of safety features. All duraflame electric heaters are cool to the touch while they’re running, which is great for families with children and pets (yes, even the fluffiest of puppies and the rowdiest of toddlers). They’re also equipped with overheat protection, a standard feature, which instantly shuts the heater off before overheating. As a general rule, when a heater is not in use, it is best to turn it off and unplug it.

When it comes to noise control, these machines are quiet (and if you have fluffy puppies or rowdy toddlers, you already know that silence is golden). You may hear the whir of a fan or other white noise. But relatively speaking, the noise from a space heater is non-invasive and unobtrusive.

In Conclusion

Electric space heaters are the unsung heroes of cold weather. They are available in a variety of types and designs, warm up a room in no time, and are energy-efficient. Space heaters are also easy to use and are virtually maintenance free. And in wintertime (or July in my case), that’s pretty invaluable.

Finding the best electric space heater for your family is a great way to supplement your home’s heating needs as the temperatures begin to drop. This winter, make low-cost coziness your new favorite thing.

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