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A Guide to Space Heaters Courtesy of Pensacola Real Estate Professionals

As temperatures drop, we at Pensacola Real Estate Professionals wanted to share some general and safety information pertaining to space heaters.

Everyone wants to save money on heating cost. One option is to use space heaters. They can add warmth and comfort to your home, as long as you use them safely. Space heaters have been known to cause fires, if not used properly.

There are two basic types of heaters: convection and radiant. Convection heaters provide warmth by blowing or pulling air over a heated surface. These heaters are designed to heat an entire room. Radiant heaters direct heat at an object.

convection heater at lowesConvection heaters are either fan-assistant or fan-less. These heaters are priced on average from $10 to $400.

Ceramic heaters are some of the newest convection heaters on the market. These heaters have ceramic plates and aluminum baffles. When electricity passes through the ceramic, it is heated. The heat is then absorbed by the aluminum and a fan blows the hot air into your room.

Ceramic heaters are easily portable and give off a great deal of heat from a small box. These heaters tend to be more energy efficient and safer than many heaters, so even though they heat up quickly, their plastic casings stay cool. A great use for this type of fan would be in a small office or tabletop.

The some Ceramic heaters range from $15 to $100 dollars. Delonghi’s Ceramic Heaters can be viewed at delonghi.com. Another company that carry’s a variety of them locally is Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. Their selections can be viewed at lowes.com.

Heater fans use a standard metal-coil element that is placed in the fan to help distribute heat to the room. These convection fans provide a minimal source of heat for a small areal, but not an entire room. Heater fans usually have a good price point and often are available in a variety of sizes and color. The heat element can also be turned off, so this fan can be a great choice in both the winter and the summer.

The average price range for heater fans is $10 to $400. Go to lowes.com for selections to view.heater fan at lowes

The radiant heater is one of the most common type of space heaters. However, this type of heater has been updated with more features and temperature controls, keeping safety in mind.

Most of these heaters use a glowing quartz or some type of metal element and reflector to provide heat to a specific area. Radiant heaters quickly provide heat to those closest to the heater, rather than providing heat for an entire room.

Radiant heaters range in price on average from $30 to $100. See a consumer search review of some available at consumersearch.com.

Oil-filled radiators look like old fashioned radiators that are found in many older houses. However, these are radiant electric heaters that are permanently filled with oil. Many of the models available come with wheels so they are easy to move around your home. This type of heater provides a steady heat source for an entire room.

The price of some oil-filled  heaters range from $50 to $110. Honeywell’s HZ 709 is priced at $90. Visit honeywellstore.com for it and other heater selections.

Another option for additional heating in your home is using either a gas or kerosene heater. Both of these heaters give off a great deal of heat and come in handy when there is no power, since they don’t require electricity. However, always be careful when using them and be sure to follow the manufacture’s guidelines.

honeywell oil filled heater

Propane gas heaters are among the newest ways to provide additional heat to your home. These heaters can provide heat for almost six hours on one-gallon tank of propane. Prices range on average from $10 to $300. See Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Propane Heaters at mrheater.com or visit The Home Depot at homedepot.com for available models.

Since natural gas is so plentiful in many parts of the country, natural gas heaters are another great option. You’ll have to connect this type of heater to a gas source; however, you can still disconnect the heater to store elsewhere during the summer.

Fireplaces are the most popular source of additional heat in many homes. They can give off a lot of heat and provide warmth to a room. Fireplaces are becoming so popular, you now find them in bedrooms, kitchens and even bathrooms! However, if your home doesn’t have a fireplace, the costs of adding a chimney and/or gas line can really add up quickly.

The electric fireplace is one of the newest products on the market. Not only does this fireplace add warmth to a room, but it’s attractive  and can become a focal point. See Home Depot for available models at homedepot.com. The price of some electric fireplaces can range from $50 to $300.electric fireplace

Space Heater Guideline:

1) Only purchase a heater that has the UL mark, which stands for United Laboratories. (It’s an independent testing lab.)

2) Keep at least three feet from combustible items.

3) Turn off before leaving a room or before going to sleep.

4) Always supervise children and pets when using a heater.

5) Only plug into wall outlets; don’t use extension cords.

6) Don’t use it to dry clothes.

7) Cool down completely before adding fuel.

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