Winter is rapidly approaching. The weather reports are already starting to indicate a need for bundling up and piling on hats and scarves. Your home should be a place of comfort and warmth. While most houses come with built in major appliances that keep the home from dipping too low in temperature, it can be a challenge to figure out which to choose. A space heater is the perfect solution for heating any room in a hurry. With minimal cost outlay and increased standards in safety, space heaters have become a fixture in American homes. Struggling to decide which to buy? Consumer Reports offers a few tips.
Tips For Purchasing A Home Heater:
- Type: Choose a fast heating option if you are more interested in quickly heating a couple of people, rather than a roomful of people. Consider larger heaters if you like the look of wood. Propane or kerosene heaters are strictly for screened-in porches and should never be used in your home.
- Safety: Look for a heater with a built in sensor that shuts the machine off if it overheats. Additionally, if your model is exceptionally tall, look for models that have a switch to quickly turn off the heater if there is a problem.
- Insist on a Fan: Buy models that come with a fan. Not only do they distribute the heat quickly, they have been shown to be safer as well.
Those are just some general guidelines. To learn more about how a specific heater ranks on Consumers Reports, check out this article.