I recently moved into a house without central heat. Is there a safe way to safely keep my house warm overnight and when I'm not home? [more inside]
Our house has three season room we love. Winter is not one of the three seasons. What's the most efficient / least inefficient way to heat it up for an afternoon periodically? [more inside]
It has come to pass that the best place for our 1 year old kid to sleep is in a crib in the walk-in closet in our bedroom. Now that the cold weather is upon us, I am looking for ideas for keeping him warm overnight. We have radiator heat throughout our drafty old house, and our bedroom tends to be one of the more poorly warmed rooms. The closet has no radiator in (or near!) it, and is therefore much colder still. To complicate this issue further, we STRONGLY prefer to keep the door to the closet nearly closed while we are in the room. Baby goes to bed around 6pm, grownups are on the scene from about 10pm onwards, and everyone is awake by 7am. He already wears layered pajamas and a sleep sack. Does anyone have any suggestions? My instinct was to find a tiny space heater that we could put in the closet, but a quick google tells me that I will kill all of my loved ones and everyone we have ever met if I do that.
My apartment doesn't have central heating, and space heaters aren't doing the job. It never gets below freezing here, but does get pretty chilly (maybe 40ish at the lowest) after dark. I have a couple of space heaters, but they don't really heat the full space (two rooms, about 300 sq. feet each), and so I'm left with just sitting right in front of the heater, so there's hot air blowing right on me, which is uncomfortable and dries out my skin like crazy. A friend recommended a radiant or oil heater, but didn't know a lot of specifics. Has anyone used these? Are they better than the type of space heater that just blows out hot air? And, do you have any recommendations for specific brands?
How do I work out the energy usage of built in radiant heating? [more inside]
Is it worth it to use space heaters (instead of the built-in baseboard heaters) to keep warm this winter? If so, how? [more inside]
Do these newfangled quartz infared "Amish" space heaters actually do anything new and better? Or is it all just hype? [more inside]
How warm should I expect to feel in a house as opposed to an apartment? Is it normal to be really cold for the first hour at home? Does everyone else have to wear sweaters inside all winter? [more inside]
Space-heater-filter: <$50, small space, fire-safe, not too hot. [more inside]
I got a Vornado space heater, and *loved* it, when it worked. It broke down for a second time, and is now out of warranty. Should I get another slightly different Vornado, or try another brand? [more inside]
Yesterday I woke up to my furnace screeching like a banshee. Turned it off, and called for service, but they won't be able to get out for a while. I'm not sure when, because the service will be through my home warranty. I have a fireplace and wood, south facing windows that let in lots of sun, and a very small, not-so-awesome electric space heater. I have some questions about the combination of heating sources I should use until the furnace gets repaired. [more inside]
Which is more efficient/economical to run: a baseboard heater or an oil-filled radiator-type space heater? [more inside]
Ceiling fan heaters. Have you had one? Have you read or heard anything about their safety? Help me find a good heating solution for an attic room. [more inside]
If I get a space heater, will my cat touch it and get burned? Or am I severely underestimating her intelligence? Or will she get burned once, and then learn not to do it?
This winter we're going to need a space heater for our apartment. Not some teeny one that will barely warm our feet, but a large one. Recommendations? [more inside]
Which costs more: keeping my thermostat at 69 all winter, or using an electric blanket and radiator-style space heater in one room? [more inside]
Will my space heater kill me? [more inside]
I have a plug-in space heater. I also have radiant heat. Which is more economical for heating a basement room? [more inside]
What is a good, small, inexpensive, energy-efficient space heater? Living in a leaky old house, we're starting to dread the approach of our first winter here. All we have is one crappy gas wall heater, this electricity-sucking system on the roof that pumps down solar-heated air, and a fireplace in the bedroom. We need more. (We're already going to seal the windows with plastic where we can.)