How to heat our home this winter?
August 28, 2012 7:34 PM Subscribe
Is it worth it to use space heaters (instead of the built-in baseboard heaters) to keep warm this winter? If so, how?
posted by CutaneousRabbit to home & garden (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My partner and I rent a roughly 500 square foot apartment in Seattle. Last winter we were shocked to pay almost $300 every two months for electricity, no doubt entirely due to our electric baseboard heaters. (For reference, we paid just under $20 for this most recent billing period of June/July.)
As you might guess, we have zero love for these baseboard heaters. They're very inconsistent: some are like tiny infernos, while others barely produce heat at all. Perhaps worse, we have no way of timing the heat to be, for example, cooler overnight than when we get up in the morning. And of course, because each of our 6 heaters has its own controls, we couldn't install a central thermostat even if we wanted to.
We're thinking now about investing in a couple (?) space heaters in an effort to reduce our electricity bills for the next few winters. I've done a bit of research and am a bit overwhelmed. Our only bedroom can be sealed off, but the rest of the apartment is quite open. I understand the basics of how to make an apartment efficient for winter, but I don't know about making this switch to space heaters.
How can I calculate whether this will be worth the investment? Any anecdotal experiences with trying this? Any heater recommendations?