You might have already resigned yourself to the fact that you’re going to spend more than you like to keep your home warm this winter. As you’re reaching out to heating and cooling services to help you ensure your furnace is ready to keep you and your family warm during the colder months of the year, be sure you ask about supplementary heating methods and devices to keep you warm and your heating costs as low as possible.
Understanding Supplementary Heating
Before explaining more about supplementary heating methods, it’s a good idea that you first understand just what supplementary heating is and how it benefits you. The first thing to know about supplementary heating is that it allows you to save money by not having to heat up rooms no one is in, such as a guest room. You also have to think about the fact that all that warm air has to be forced out of vents, which is another factor impacting your overall energy costs. Another great thing about supplementary heating is that is better ensures everyone in your home is comfortable rather than either too hot or too cold. Now, on to the good stuff.
Rather than heating up the air, you might prefer to use a space heater that warms you directly, which is what radiant heaters do. Anyone positioned in front of a radiant heater enjoys the warmth it provides, and thankfully, they work quickly. One thing to bear in mind with these types of heaters is that they can cause burns if a person is positioned too closely. It’s also best not to position anything flammable or combustible in front of the heater, just to be on the safe side.
If you don’t already have a fireplace in your home and desire the heat they provide without enduring the installation costs, an electric fireplace could be a great match for you. Electric fireplaces have come quite a long way in terms of style, which means it’s easy to find a selection that matches your home’s current style as well as your budget so you can heat up a single room rather than use the furnace to heat up the entire house. If you like, you can even buy an electric fireplace built like a TV stand.
If you do prefer to warm up the air in your home instead of using a radiant heater to directly warm up yourself or an object, a convection heater could be a better fit for your needs. Specifically, convection heaters create air circulation to keep a room warm. There are different types of convection heaters, but some of the best rated are those filled with either water or oil.
Is your goal to have an experience as close to that of a traditional fireplace as possible without having an actual fireplace? If so, look into getting a gel fireplace. These supplementary heaters use actual flames to produce heat, but you don’t have to deal with the smoke, ash and soot common with standard fireplaces, which you’re sure to enjoy.
With combination heaters, you have a supplementary device that uses a fan to spread warm air around your home. One thing to point out with these heaters is that they aren’t the most efficient, which means you may not notice too much of a difference in your heating bills.
Heat your home up smarter during the colder months of the year this winter season. Besides doing your own research, it’s also a solid idea to get the opinion of heating professionals to see what other steps you and your family can take to stay warm and toasty without spending more than necessary on your heating bills.