Space heaters: Energy efficient or money waster?

The winter chill is beginning to set in, and if you want to heat a small space or supplement your primary heating system, you might be tempted to use a space heater. Is this an efficient way to heat your home or a money waster?

Ultimately, it depends on how large of a space you're attempting to heat. If it's a small space or a single room, you can use a space heater to efficiently heat the area quickly using less energy than a central heating system, but it's a different story if you're trying to heat more than a studio apartment or one single room.

Trying to heat each room individually with a space heater will mean your power bills will soar quickly. When heating an entire home, central heat will almost always save when it comes to energy costs. Space heaters generally only warm small, enclosed areas quickly and well. For large spaces, furnaces and radiators will disperse heat more evenly.

If you're interested in purchasing a space heater, there are a number of energy efficient models on the market today. Check out the list below for the most efficient heaters as rated by consumer report:

1. Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater

2. Honeywell HCE200B

3. Dyson AM09

4. Dr Infrared Heater Portable Space Heater

5. Mr. Heater MH18B Propane

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