Does anybody have any experience with residential space heaters? We are thinking about getting 1 or 2 to take some of the edge off the LP bill. My parents and brother have those Jenn-air infrared units that cost $300-400 and they seem to do a nice job but I had the owner of the local hardware store tell me that they have done comparisons and ceramic tower heaters will do the same thing for $40-60 a piece. There are also oil filled radiator heaters that he says do a nice job and that's on sale for about $30. By our hardware guys description (good guy, ISU grad) the ceramic heaters would be something you'd turn on to warm up a room quickly and the radiator heater would be one you'd leave on all the time but would not be something to warm up a room in short time.
Just for some background, we live in a ranch style house with vaulted ceilings and about 1600-1700 sq feet on both levels. Our basement is finished and the stairway is open so it's tough to hold heat down there. Our primary heat source is in-floor on both levels. I like to keep the heat around 68 most of the time.
Your hardware store guy is right. Those high dollar infrared heaters work well, but no better then the cheap ceramic ones. A cottage industry was created during the energy price spike of a few years ago by taking cheap heaters, putting them in nice expensive looking cases (w/some even made by the Amish!) and selling them via infomercials for crazy money. Just try to find one that moves a fair amount of air and you'll be happy. Watts are watts, so there's no difference in efficiency.
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