When it’s cold inside…
We don’t keep our place very warm in the winter. Our bedroom is upstairs in a loft and the propane heater is directly below our stairwell which is directly above our stairwell to downstairs and the outside door. Cold air comes from the outside door and even though they say cold air doesn’t rise, it makes its way to our heater and triggers it to blow more hot air that rises right into our loft. When we burn wood in our fireplace the entire living room will get warm but our loft will get hot. So hot that most nights we sleep with the window cracked open and we’ve never had to turn on the electric heater up there.
It usually doesn’t matter if it’s cold in our house because if we’re sitting on the couch we use a blanket and if we’re not sitting we’re moving around enough to keep warm. Downstairs in the office is a different story altogether. When I sit next to the window and work my fingers get so cold I can barely type. This is when my space heater comes in very handy. It runs on those green propane canisters and we save them up from the summer to use them for the heater. I didn’t realize this was such a good idea until I read the following on Idealbyte. Now I won’t feel bad running my space heater when it’s cold inside.
Ah-chyou betcha. Get an energy-saving space heater – it’ll warm you up faster than you can catch a communicable disease and will keep you from getting sick over high heating bills.
- Keeping the (planet’s) temp from rising. The last two decades were the hottest in 400 years; we can all do our part by using less energy.
- Saving cold cash. The Department of Energy says 56% of the energy an average home uses goes to heating and cooling. Space heaters use about 14% of the energy that the average central heating system uses.
- Less petroleum. Many space heaters are oil-filled. Not these.
- Hitting the spot. You can point these chill-fighters in any direction you like.
- If 10,000 Biters use a space heater instead of central heating to heat just one room, in a month we’ll save a collective $1,419,400.
- Vornado TouchStone Vortex Heater – circulates the heat it produces around the room and stays cool to the touch ($150).
- Holmes Radiator Heater – while it doesn’t distribute heat throughout the room, this radiant heater’s filled with water instead of the typical oil, and the price is right ($32).
- U.S. Department of Energy – the fed’s guide to space heaters.