With winter finally set in and temperatures dropping you may be tempted to stack up on electric heaters to ward of higher energy bills. While electric heaters have been said to be a much more efficient way of heating the home and cutting down on utility costs lets target some key points as to why it may not be the best choice for your wallet.
- Advertisement states 100% efficient – Though this may hold true in efficiency when doing what it is intended to do as an electric heater; this pitch does not pass the test when adding variable factors like room size or BTU’s (British Thermal Units). Many 100% efficient electric appliances only produce few BTU’s and the cost per BTU can sky rocket your energy bill.
- Compare pricing – If you’re choosing to heat a fairly small desk space or an office space go for it; but it may pay well to analyze how much more you will be saving by layering up or notching up the heat 3-4 degrees. As opposed to buying a $300 electric home heater and paying its electrical costs, you can save by managing and using your electric fireplace or well working furnace to your advantage. It is said that a portable electric heater will cost over 50% more to heat up a room than a natural gas furnace. Do the math!
- Air flow and reach – While a fairly costly electric heater in (some) cases may do a well enough job at heating the room think about the rest of the home. With proper ventilation and air flow in the home, adjusting the temperature a few notches will set the overall house to a comfortable temperature and save you money in the long run. Schedule a good duct cleaning or have them professionally inspected for efficiency before spending on a portable heater with very little reach.
If you are still not convinced that your electric heater may be causing a rise in your bills try comparing a month with using them to a month without use and implementing small adjustments. If you are seeking proper maintenance, cleaning and inspection of your furnace or air ducts call HHR Heating and Cooling Solutions of Central, Ohio today and get a head start on efficiency and savings!