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Mar 27

Pros and Cons of Space Heaters

If you are someone who enjoys a warm and toasty house, but doesn’t appreciate or look forward to the high bills at the end of the month, an alternative that might work for you is a space heater. Space heaters are not only used for homes, but also in the construction business and by event planners. Space heaters can be used to keep energy costs down not only for heating the main rooms inside the house, but also rooms such as a basement, workshop or enclosed porch, that might need a little heat to get it through the cooler parts of the year. Of course, there are pros and cons to having space heaters, so before you go and get one, be sure to keep these in mind:

Pro: Affordable

Space heaters cost less money and use less energy to run than running the central heat in your house. They are relatively inexpensive to purchase and will pay for themselves quite quickly.

Pro: Portable

Space heaters are easy to move from one place to another. Need heat in the basement or on the patio for a party? What about sitting on the screened in porch? Or while you are building in the workshop? In all of these scenarios, a space heater could be moved with little effort. One of the best things about space heaters is the fact that because they are so portable, you don’t have to buy one for every room in the house.

Pro: Simple to Install

Unlike other things you haul home from the home improvement store, if you follow the manufacturer’s directions about how far away things have to be from your space heater, that’s pretty much the height of the installation. Pretty simple.

Pro: Options

With more and more options available with space heaters you are bound to find one that fits your needs. There are heaters that use different types of heating sources, such as propane, electricity and kerosene; and within those categories there are even more choices depending on what your primary use of the heater will be. There are also lots of extras such as several different heating levels and remote control of the heater that can be found in some models as well.

Con: Heat/Fire Hazard

Of course the biggest downside to using a space heater is the heat and fire hazard. It is dangerous to keep it near flammable materials, so be sure to keep those out of the way. You should always put it on a flat and even surface, so it doesn’t accidentally fall. Never leave the heater unattended, especially with small children or pets nearby.

Con: Can Heat Up Slowly

If coming home to your home all heated up to it’s optimum temperature is a must, then a space heater might not be for you. Space heaters tend to warm up slowly, so they won’t be ready in an instant.

This guest blog was written by Florida Lift Gas, a locally owned and operated provider of Orlando Propane. We are a propane delivery service specializing in propane exchange. On top of our wholesale propane delivery, we ensure top notch service with quality products.


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