We're looking to supplement our natural gas furnace with a small
electric heater to use in our living room. Any recommendations as to
whether to get a convection, radiant, ceramic or otherwise? We're
looking for the most bang for the buck and efficiency as well as being
able to give good heat output.
Hi! Electric heaters are efficient, but making electric isn't as
efficient as heat from a fuel, since much of the electric is made from
heat. Radiant heaters don't heat much air, but you'll feel warmer in
front of them. Push as much air as you can through a convection heater
to heat the place. Electric blankets for the bed and a thermostat
that shut's way down at night can $ave $ome buck$!
All electric heaters are 100% efficient. Radiant will warm you a bit more
if you are in the path. The oil filled heaters are more gentle. Ceramic cub
heaters seem to give their heat in a smaller area and not as suited for
Will you save any money? Maybe not. I did the same thing a few years ago
figuring I'd use the electric heater in just the family room and use less
oil to heat the rest of the house. the cost of electric for one room was
more than just using oil. YMMV, especially since the price of ng has
I agree since i have tried it. The OP will be just trading one bill
for another unless NG goes to ridiculous. It might.
Just for comparisons, I had an email friend in New Brunswick, Canada a
few years ago who told me that she was quite comfortable at 50F.
Most of us grew up with the thermostat at 75 or 76.
Just 10 years ago, I was paid a low of 23 cents per therm (1996,
Peachtree natural Gas, Atlanta area). No more. That is fond memory.
Last month Shell Energy Services was 113 per therm with "significant"
increases projected. --Radio just reported 50% increase in general,
I am preparing to have a pretty chilly winter inside. :-)
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