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Use a Space Heater

A space heater costs less to run than a furnace. Most space heaters cost about 20 cents per hour to operate. A furnace can cost up to $1.85 per hour to operate

Types of space heaters

Quartz

  • A quartz heater heats an object without heating the air. It loses its effectiveness at 10 to 15 feet.

Kerosene

  • Kerosene heaters are uncommon. For safety reasons, they are prohibited by law from use in houses.

Convection

  • A convection heater has glowing coils that are exposed to the air, or uses electricity to heat a liquid. Convection heaters are often found in the bathrooms of older homes. Convection heaters warm air in a room.
  • Some convection heaters have fans in them. The fan circulates the warm air.

Tips for using Space heaters

  • If you have a room that you can seal off, consider using a convection heater.
  • If you have a home with high ceilings or open architecture, consider using a quartz heater.
  • Don't leave the heater on if you don't need it.
  • Buy a space heater that has an 'alarm' on it so you will know if it tips over.

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