Does Using a Space Heater Make Cents?

There is a little extra nip in the air and beyond wearing an extra pair of sox or an extra fluffy sweater some people seem to have a chill.  Instead of heating the entire office space or your entire home, does it make sense to utilize a space heater?  This debate is long discussed like the chicken and the egg and there is surely no one right answer, but of course, how you use the unit will influence your electric bill the most.

Point of fact, electric space heaters (the only type that are safe to use indoors) aren’t going to beat your gas furnace in overall efficiency. And most places, electricity is much more expensive than natural gas.

If you’re considering using a space heater to add extra warmth to cozy up to and not turn down the thermostat, then you’re not adding any additional savings to your bills, however, if you take someone who works from home, in a home office and in general is in one smaller area of a home for the majority of the day, using a space heater might be a smart consideration.

Lowering the heat in the majority of the home and using the space heater to heat one room could be more cost efficient.

To figure out how much you’ll spend using one 1,500-watt space heater, use this formula:

  1. Multiply 1500W by X hours of use = A.
  2. Multiply A by your electricity rate per kilowatt hour = B.
  3. Divide B by 1000.

If this sounds like something that might work for your situation, then make sure you choose a space heater that will work for the size of the room in which you intend to use it (most models will specify) and look for power-saving features like a thermostat and timer.

The Certo Team
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