When you live in a milder climate like Texas, the winters are not super harsh, but it can be cold enough to want to turn the heat on. Some want to save on energy bills by leaving the house colder but heating the rooms they use the most. Here are a few ways to efficiently heat an individual room this winter when the weather turns chilly.
1. Convection Heaters
Most know convection heaters as those used by bakers to warm the air in an oven to create beautiful pastries. Traditional convection heaters are built the same way. A fan pulls warm air across a heating source to warm it. It then kicks the warm air back into the room. The heat constantly circulates and warms the room. One element of convection heaters that tend to be unpleasant is that they can be loud. However, some tend to find the noise soothing and similar to white noise. They can also stir up dust as the heater circulates the air, aggravating those with allergies. In this case, a conduction convection heater would be a better choice as electricity flows through a resistor that converts the energy into heat.
2. Infrared Heaters
Everyone loves the warming sensation you get when outside on a warm sunny day. Infrared heaters use a similar method of warming but with infrared light. Think of it as having your own personal sun to use whenever you please. One benefit of this type of heater is that it instantly emits heat with the click of a switch to turn the light on. They are also energy efficient as they don’t heat the air or burn fossil fuels. They are quiet, but you must be in the line of sight of the light to be warmed.
3. Radiant Heaters
If your goal is to heat a person quickly, not a whole room, a radiant heater could be the ticket. Electricity heats stone, metal, ceramic, and then the reflector directs the heat where you want it. One popular method of using radiant heaters is to install them underneath flooring to heat a whole room. It makes a nice touch to bathrooms, bedrooms, and other cold areas of the home. They typically use less energy than a furnace or convection heater.
4. Wood Pellet Stoves
Wood pellet stoves can be used to heat small homes, but more commonly, they are used to heat small spaces. Dogs and cats also love to cozy up to them. Unlike some of the heaters previously mentioned, wood pellet stoves run off of renewable energy – wood. However, you may be surprised to know that modern stoves use a small amount of electricity. These stoves are energy efficient, even though you can lose some heat from the chimney, and they do create some air pollution, but much less than traditional burning wood-burning stoves.
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