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    Question regarding space heaters

    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.

    Any help/advice/input is appreciated.



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    Re: Question regarding space heaters

    Quote Originally Posted by ca4cy View Post
    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.
    That is a true statement. Those radiator heaters are oil filled so the oil has to heat first. Also there is no fan involved so there is nothing to blow warm air around.


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    Re: Question regarding space heaters

    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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    Re: Question regarding space heaters

    I have a couple ceramic units I got from Menards that aren't very big but do a nice job heating a room.



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