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Space heaters are great for adding supplemental heat when the main heating source is inadequate or when central heating may be too costly to install or to operate.  Using a space heater may even be less expensive to operate if it's only used to heat a small room or area, or to boost the temperature of certain rooms.  Moreover, space heaters do not lose any energy through ducts or combustion, so they are considered to be almost 100% efficient.

Energy-Efficient Industrial Heating Solutions

For industrial areas, either electric or fueled heaters can add warming comfort.  Many workshops and industrial areas use electric garage heaters during the colder months because they're easy to use and safe.  Since electric garage heaters don't require venting, they can be safely used indoors.   Because electric garage heaters use electricity, fueled heaters using propane or natural gas are also very popular.  Fueled heaters work well because they use little to no electricity, but these types of heaters cannot be used in areas without adequate ventilation.

Energy-Efficient Heating for the Home

For home use, electric space heaters are more suitable. Most electric space heaters use convection to heat a room. Another type of electric heater called an "infrared heater" emits infrared heat in the same way the sun warms the earth. Only the objects around the heater are warmed and, as a result, these heaters are extremely energy efficient. Infrared heaters also heat up a room or an area much faster because heat is easily directed to the space being heated in a precise beam.

Lastly, an oil-filled radiator heater, like an electric space heater, is ideal when your central heating system isn't sufficient. These utilize a special heat-conserving oil that's sealed inside the coils of the radiator. Since the oil is only warmed and never burned, it never needs to be replaced or refilled. Consequently, this makes oil-filled radiator heaters very efficient to operate. 


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Oil-filled radiator heaters may be safe and energy-efficient, but they're really only used to keep personal spaces such as chilly bedrooms and office cubicles warm. 

More Energy Saving Tips
With all of the above heating choices available, you can still save money on your electric bill and keep your home or living space comfortably warm. For additional energy savings, follow these tips:
  1. Choose a heater with a timer or one that is thermostatically controlled, as these heaters can avoid the energy waste of overheating a room. 

  2. Purchase a heater of the proper size for the room or area you wish to heat. With a 10/1 ratio of watts to square feet heated, a 1500 watt space heater (120 volts) will heat an insulated area of 150 square feet, and a garage heater rated at 5,000 watts should be able heat an area over 400 square feet. Read more about watts, volts, and BTUs on our heater buying guide. 

  3. Don't leave your space heater on the "high" setting, and turn the heater off when you're away. 

  4. Keep your doors and windows closed in order to minimize heat loss. Frequently switching a heater on and off and adjusting the thermostat will also result in greater energy usage. 



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