heating systems are designed to maintain a warm and
comfortable temperature in your home — even when the
weather outside is exceptionally cold and frigid.
However, extreme snow storms and dramatically cold
weather can prevent your primary heating system from
effectively warming up your house and can cause cold air
to infiltrate various areas of your home.
you are experiencing frigid drafts in your home,
consider adding an auxiliary heater. We explain the
pros, cons and costs of each type of auxiliary heater to
help you better decide which to buy.
can warm up cold rooms in your home by using an electric
space heater. An electric space heater usually contains
a convection system in which a heat exchanger converts
cold air to warm air, and then a fan distributes the
warm air throughout the room.
heaters are beneficial because the devices are
relatively affordable and can effectively warm up the
air in large enclosed areas, such as living rooms and
the exact price of your electric space heater depends on
the particular type of heater you choose, the average
price of an electric space heater usually ranges from
$25 to $200. However, because the heater requires
electricity to generate and emit heat, the units can
increase the overall costs of your household energy or
electricity bills each month.
the specific amount that your bill increases each month
depends on the power of your heater and the length of
time that you use your heater, most electric heaters
increase your energy bill by approximately $20 to $100
heaters can also successfully provide heat to warm up
cold areas of your home. A baseboard heater typically
uses the convection process to suck in the cold air near
the floor, heat up the air, and release the warm air so
it can rise up and keep the room warm.
heaters come in a wide variety of different sizes and
voltages to accommodate many different rooms and heating
needs, and you can use the heaters for bathrooms,
kitchens or living rooms. Because the heaters allow warm
air to rise up through the room, you can install the
baseboard heater under a window to prevent cold drafts
from infiltrating your home.
average cost of a baseboard heater often ranges from
about $60 to $300. Because baseboard heaters are
electric and usually increase your energy bills, you
should ensure you purchase a unit that can adequately
and efficiently heat up the particular room that is
experiencing the cold draft.
can warm up the cold rooms of your home by purchasing a
radiant heater. Radiant heaters function by generating
very powerful infrared rays and by emitting those rays
into the room.
other types of auxiliary heaters operate by heating up
the air inside the room. In contrast, the infrared rays
emitted by radiant heaters enable the heaters to warm up
the bodies and objects in the room instead of the air.
This feature makes the radiant heaters especially
beneficial for small rooms, such as bedrooms, bathrooms,
offices and kitchens.
average price of radiant heaters often ranges from
around $50 to $250. Although the radiant heaters are
electric and can increase your energy bill, the devices
generates heat with a superior efficiency rate that
increases your bill at a significantly lower rate than
other types of electric heaters.
heaters can also effectively warm up certain areas of
your property. Gas heaters utilize an ignition flame
system fueled by propane, kerosene or natural gas. These
heaters are beneficial because the devices are very
powerful, can quickly generate heat and can effectively
warm up very large areas.
drawbacks of the devices are that the reliance on fuel
makes gas heaters extremely flammable and highly prone
to the emission of harmful carbon dioxide. To prevent
any fires or health hazards from developing, you must
ensure that your gas heater is located in an open area
with sufficient ventilation, far away from any flammable
materials, and at a safe distance from combustible
objects, such as towels, curtains and furniture. Thus,
gas heaters are especially conducive for garages,
worksheds, and areas of your home that are safe and
average price of gas heaters typically ranges from
approximately $200 to $800. Although gas heaters are
generally more expensive than other types of auxiliary
heaters, gas heaters can save you money in the long run
because the devices do not require electricity, so they
don't increase your energy bills each month. Price
various fuel types in your area to see which gas-powered
option makes the most financial sense for you.