3 Ways to Stay Warm and Save Money with a Cheap Space Heater
Everyone's looking to save a buck, and one of the ways they're doing it is through their heating and cooling expenses. If you're looking to tackle the winter cold and want to find an inexpensive way to do it, shop around for a space heater. There are options that won't increase your utility expenses. In fact, they can actually save you money. Low-priced space heaters are a great way for anyone living on a budget to stay warm.
1. Economical Investment
You can heat an individual room up to 150 sq. ft. with a space heater as cheap as $20. Space heaters vary in price depending on the size and heating method, but they're effective. Just because it's an economical option doesn't mean it isn't going to keep you warm.
For example, the Comfort Zone CZ25 is an economical space heater that will warm a room in no time. Some of the features include:
- Variable heat settings for custom warmth
- 1000 watts of heating power to warm a 100 sq. ft. room
- A fan only function so you can use it all year long
- Ceramic, fan-forced heating method to spread warmth evenly around the room
- Lightweight and portable so it can be moved from room to room easily
- Compact design for tabletop use
- Safe heat source with tip over safety shut off
2. Heat One Room at a Time
With a low-cost space heater you can save money and stay warm by shutting off your furnace and heating one room at a time. If you choose a portable option, then moving it from room to room is easy. You can select a heater like the ceramic one above and set it on any available tabletop; if it's lightweight, it's easy to transport.
A good example is the Seasons Comfort ERH185. This model packs a punch. The heating method is reflective so it warms the immediate area quickly heating the fan spreads the warmth around the entire room. Features include:
- Variable heat settings for custom heating
- 1320 watts of heating power to warm at least 200 sq. ft. of space
- Heat method warms your immediate area quickly
- Automatic temperature control to turn on and off when the desired room temperature is met
- Compact design to fit in small areas easily
- Safety features like tip over safety and automatic shut off
No matter which one you choose, heating one room at a time is an economical way to stay warm this winter.
3. Low Energy Draw
Most space heaters are low in watts so the energy draw is also low. The two heaters mentioned above use only 1000-1500 watts of electricity to effectively warm ther oom. Some heaters use even less. So if you're really trying to save a buck determine the size of the room you're heating and select a model to meet that need.
A good example is the Soleus MS-09. This inexpensive option uses only 800 watts ofenergy to warm a 80 sq. ft. area. The energy draw is even lower thus making iteven cheaper to operate. Plus, there isn't any energy wasted as these space heaters are electric and 100% efficient. All the energy used is converted by the heater to warm the room. Features include:
- Reflective heating to warm your personal space
- Variable heat settings for personal comfort
- A 2 hour timer to shut the heater off when the desired time is reached
- Oscillation for widespread heating
- Safety features like automatic shut off and tip over safety switch
With a cheap space heater you can stay warm and keep energy costs down. Just shutting off your furnace will help reduce heating costs and using a space heater instead will prove to be economical.
A Few More Cost Saving Ways to Stay Warm
- Bundle up: layer your clothing and use blankets; they go along way to keep you feeling cozy
- Weather proof windows and doors with weather stripping and draperies
- Cook at home: the heat the stove and oven produces will warm you up
- Cover your floors with rugs and/or carpets. This keeps linoleum, wood, and tile flooring from getting to cold
Finally, invest in a cheap space heater. Because they're inexpensive to purchase, allow you to heat one room at a time, and use very little energy, you're saving money all around. Use one to warm individual rooms and spaces inexpensively. They are a cheap way to feel warm and cozy on a coldwinter night.