As the winter rolls in around River Oaks, Texas, the temperatures often start to drop, especially in the mornings and evenings. If you’re shivering in your home or trying to save money on energy bills, you may want to think about using a space heater. For small areas, space heaters often provide heating more efficiently, helping you to lower your energy costs without sacrificing comfort.
Boost Inadequate Heating
Certain areas of the home are hard to heat effectively. If you have a basement, you probably notice this area is much colder than any other part of the house. During the summer months, the cooler basement is quite pleasant, but when it’s cold outside, you sure don’t want to spend any time down there. However, if your bedroom or living room is in the basement, you’ll need something to help raise the temperature.
Instead of trying to raise the temperature and using the HVAC system to heat the whole home, simply use a space heater in the room you’re in to keep it warmer. When you leave the room, make sure to turn it off so you don’t waste energy.
Comparing the Cost to Operate
A gas-powered furnace is generally more efficient than a portable space heater. However, when you just need some extra warmth in a single room, the cost to run a small space heater is generally lower than the cost to run the furnace and heat the whole house.
However, when using a space heater, the area in which you’re trying to heat should account for less than a third of your home’s total square footage. Beyond that, it makes more sense to use your heating system.
If your heating system isn’t keeping up with your household’s needs, it may be time for a tuneup. Give us a call at Maxx AC & Heating at 281-409-3890.
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