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Do you use a space heater to help warm up your home in the winter?

Response Percent Votes
Yes, I use at least one
51% 427
No, I don’t need one
26% 220
No, I think they’re too dangerous
16% 139
Not yet, but if it doesn’t warm up soon I might
4% 37
Total 823


PJ Karasek 7 years, 4 months ago

I only use one occasionally when it's "holy s***" cold like last night. In general it's less efficient than just using your gas heater so I try to stick to that, but on the really cold nights my leaky apartment needs a little boost

ralphralph 7 years, 4 months ago

High-efficiency furnaces work well when the temperature outdoors is at least 20-F. Below that, they are outgunned, and they run constantly to unsatisfactory effect. It's comparable to your Government-mandated low-flow toilet on the morning after a visit to Border Bandito ... they aren't rated for that kind of load, but our Momma in DC doesn't let us decide for ourselves, so it's plunger time.

Gub'munt heeturz.

kernal 7 years, 4 months ago

Great recommendation for Border Bandito! Hahahaha

sr80 7 years, 4 months ago

the powers that be in DC ,"now i've only heard this from a (anonymous) source" that they have poop comparable to a rabbits,hence the low flow toilet was introduced .Also your flatulence is destroying the ozone and causing climate change!!!!shame on you!!ralphralph.oh yeah about space heaters,i think they are dangerous!!!

gphawk89 7 years, 4 months ago

Space heaters are perfectly safe when used correctly.

Just be sure the electrical system in your home can handle that amount of sustained current - be sure the wiring is firmly tightened to the outlet terminals - don't use an extension cord - don't use a power strip - be sure the circuit breaker is the correct size (and that it actually works) - etc.

Blow dryers pull as much or more power, but they're only on for a few minutes at a time so any home wiring problems don't have time to heat up enough to cause a fire.

Laura Wilson 7 years, 4 months ago

Due to the kitchen sink hot water pipe liking to freeze, when the temperature is below 15 degrees I run one constantly in the basement where the pipes are located to warm that corner (also run the hot water). I'm so happy I'll be able to shut off the heater and stop wasting water this weekend!

kernal 7 years, 4 months ago

This may sound like a dumb question, but do you have insulation on your pipes?

Adrienne Sanders 7 years, 4 months ago

People who think space heaters are so dangerous are living in the past when people used kerosene heaters & whatnot. Modern electric ones really aren't unless you have bad wiring or are utterly lacking in common sense. (Okay, that second one happens a lot.)

I use one frequently to warm up the room that I'm in without having to crank up the heat to the whole house and incur a huge gas bill. I always unplug it when I'm not using it... been doing this for over a decade and never had a problem. I actually have two of them and it came in handy when my furnace broke a few weeks ago- put one in the kitchen and one in the living room, closed off the bedrooms, and was able to keep reasonably not-freezing until the repair guy got there.

LadyJ 7 years, 4 months ago

Had one last year that was only a few months old burst into flames but went out by itself quickly. Fortunately it wasn't near anything flammable.

LadyJ 7 years, 4 months ago

To heck with the sweater, put some clothes on and shut the front door.

JerryStubbs 7 years, 4 months ago

Sometimes I might use a heater in the fall or spring, when I don't have the furnace going.

Electric heaters cost more to run than a gas furnace, their only advantage is in their easy portability.

Always try to use the low setting and don't leave one one while you are gone.

kinder_world 7 years, 4 months ago

Gosh you all must have your thermostat set at 78 degrees. If you set it at 68 degrees as recommended by utility companies your house is cold. New doors, windows, insulation, wearing sweaters, hoodies, wool socks, any time you are not in motion, you feel the chill. Even wear gloves with fingertip cut-outs while on the computer, still cold. Yes I have a space heater in my bathroom that is on the north side of the house but only run when someone is in that room. Now matter how much you lower your use of fuels, the utility companies, especially Westar are asking for a guaranteed income so you will still be paying the same price.

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