Help in heating cold bedroom - safest heater


My son and daughter in law are staying with us and their bedroom is cold, in addition they have a one month old. We are getting the Anderson service people out (to check on the windows), but it is 14 degrees and is cold all week. What is the safest heater? We would use it to supplement the heat pump that is set for 73 at night for them, we normally set it at 65 at night. Since they also have a three year old that could knock over a unit.
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allan wrote:

You best bet would be an electric space heater. I would choose one with a fan.
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Incandescent light bulbs are actually pretty efficient heaters - do you have a few lights or lamps you could leave on all day? Otherwise, anything electric should be safe from a carbon monoxide standpoint. If you get a space heater, would it be possible to bolt it to a dresser top or mount it securely on a wall so it couldn't be tipped by a 3-yr-old? Some of them (all?) have sensors that turn off the heater if it tips, but I'd be worried about little fingers going into a hot element also. I've seen electric quartz radiant heaters that are made to be mounted on a garage/shop ceiling, but the radiant heat warms surfaces pretty effectively. One brand is Marvin - should be available at your local big-box home center. i.e. http:// www.wbmarvin.com/itemInfobe60.html?itemID=7 An oil-filled radiator might be another good choice - takes a while to heat up a room, but after that, it's a good system, and not TOO hot to the touch. If the problem is a draft, the shrink-wrap window covers are a good temporary fix (the 3M brand is better than "Frost King".) Good luck and stay warm, Andy
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I like that idea. I would have liked it more if I had thought of it. :-)
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Cutting back with a heat pump might cost you more than if you left it at the same temp if your backup is electric. Leave the blower on it will make heating more even.
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one that looks like a radiator but is electric, highly safe with kids around! the heating element is buried inside and heats oil or something that ultimately heats the room
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The safest are the oil filled models. They don't get hot spots and any heater should have a trip switch if it is overturned.
The rest of the world usually sets the heat down at nigh (65 is good), not higher. The three year old really does not need 73.
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I think what she meant was that incase, the 3 year old knocked out the upplmental unit, keeping the heat pump at 73 for one moth old baby would reduce risk for the baby being cold.
But why would a 3 yrear old knocked the unit at night? He/She should be asleep.
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