Portable Electric Space Heaters

Do portable electric space heaters really reduce your heating bill?

While these heaters can help to heat a small area, they are not meant to heat your entire home. The money they cost to operate often doesn't equal out to overall energy savings. Check out the facts below before you choose a space heating option.

Running just one 1,500 watt space heater 8 hours a day for 30 days will cost approximately $33!

  • A 1,500 watt space heater costs approximately 14 cents to run for an hour.
  • A 1,500 watt space heater puts out the same amount of heat and uses the same amount of energy regardless of whether the unit costs $40 or $400.
  • All electric heaters have three basic functionalities:
    • They generate 3.4 BTUs of heat for every one watt of electricity.
    • The power of a portable electric space heater is limited to 1,500 watts or 5,120 BTUs per hour.
    • "Special" features such as resistance coils, ceramic quartz tubes or quartz lights DO NOT increase the amount of heat produced.
  • When buying and installing an electric space heater, you should follow these general safety guidelines:
    • Electric heaters should be plugged directly into the wall outlet. Always check and follow manufacturer's instructions.
    • Buy a unit with a tip-over safety switch, which automatically shuts off the heater if the unit is tipped over.

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