heat pump vs. Vornados
October 11, 2008 8:26 PM Subscribe
Is it cheaper to run a full house heat pump during colder months, or use Vornado heaters to heat subsections of the house that we are in at the moment.
posted by diode to Home & Garden (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've got a two bedroom house with an attached studio apartment, all heated by one heat pump. Our climate is Pacific Northwest....kind of rainy and cold about 6 months of the year but not drastically freezing except on rare occasions.
We have a pair of 1500 Watt Vornados that we move around the house. They do a fair job of keeping rooms fairly livable without using the heat pump. These are older Vornados....once you turn them on they stay on full blast and do not cycle the power or wattage depending on temperature.
I don't know what the studio dweller uses for heat, but it would probably be useful to find out.
So, I'm wondering, how can I figure out which is the cheaper alternative, using the Vornados or the heat pump?