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Helpful Tips on Buying a Space Heater

For those who live in warmer climates where year-round heating isn’t a necessity, portable space heaters are a convenient and affordable way for keeping your home or office warm. Not sure how to choose a space heater that’s best for you? Read on for our helpful space heater buying guide.

Consider the Size of Your Space

Though it’s often tempting to go with the cheapest option, buying a space heater that can accommodate the square footage of your space is just as important. If you’re looking to heat a personal home or work space, consider a smaller portable unit that can heat the area quickly. However, if you want to keep an entire room warm, a larger space heater with more power is ideal because they’ll operate much more efficiently—saving energy and money.

Choose Space Heaters with Safety Features

While space heaters can make a room warm and comfy, they also may pose safety risks if used improperly or left unattended near flammable items like paper and curtains. Choose heaters with auto shut-off switches, which prevent units from overheating or sparking a fire.

Radiant vs. Convection Heaters

Radiant heaters work differently than convection heaters, and one may be better than the other depending on how you plan to use it. For instance, convection units – usually electric or ceramic heaters – operate by heating the surrounding air. They’re best for keeping an entire room warm for several hours. Once the unit turns off, the air continues to stay warm.

Radiant heaters, on the other hand, spread heat to nearby subjects using infrared technology. Since they don’t heat the surrounding air, radiant units (such as flat panel heaters) are ideal for smaller spaces.

Whether you’re looking for a portable space heater for a small area or a large room, there are plenty of affordable, quality options under $100. We offer a variety of top brands like Cadet, Holmes, Honeywell, Lasko, SoleusAir, Vornado and Warmly Yours.