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Let's Talk Space Heaters

Space heaters, useful or dangerous? This has been a big debate between homeowners for a long time. Like most things, there are pros and cons. To clear up any questions you may have on whether you should use a space heater in your home this winter, consider these advantages and disadvantages below.


Save Money : Space Heaters only heat the area in which they are placed, making it cheaper to run instead of cranking up the thermostat when you feel a cold draft.

Simple: Space Heaters tend to be simple. The best ones are electric because they're cheap, have one plug-in, and only generate power when in use. A good one will have sensors that automatically turn the heat off when the room reaches the desired temperature. Remember, space heaters should never be considered an adequate replacement for an HVAC unit.

Energy Efficient: Space heaters are small and aren't meant to be used for long periods of time; therefore they use less electricity than your HVAC system, limiting your environmental impact (every little bit counts!).


Potential Hazards: Safety is the main concern with using space heaters. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 25,000 residential house fires each year are associated with space heaters.

Requires attention In order to avoid potential hazards, make sure you’re using a space heater that’s the right size and power for your home. When you find the right space heater:

1. Never leave it alone 2. Keep it where nobody can tip it over (like animals and kids). 3. Don't put anything in front of it. 4. Monitor the heat it's giving off to make sure the unit isn't getting too hot or blowing air too  violently.

A space heater is not a replacement for your HVAC system, but they are good for limited use; problems usually only occur due to mishandling or too much use. If you're having heating problems this winter, call 72 Degrees Comfort Company at 515-965-7272 or email us at

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