As temperatures drop, many homeowners in Red Springs, North Carolina, turn to portable space heaters to stay warm. Although portable space heaters can help you save money by supplementing your existing HVAC system, they may not be the best option. Here’s why:
Pros and Cons of Space Heaters
Space heaters are generally small and portable, and they require less energy than a central HVAC system. By running a space heater in whatever room you’re occupying, you can dial back your thermostat and use your HVAC system less.
However, space heaters aren’t without their dangers and disadvantages. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year portable heaters are responsible for the following:
- More than 25,000 residential fires
- Over 300 deaths
- An estimated 6,000 burn-related ER visits
Not all portable heaters are a good choice for energy savings, either. You have to choose the right model and make sure you’re using it properly to reap any benefits, and those may be outweighed by the risks.
Other Money-Saving Measures
When saving money on your monthly energy bills is your main goal, other measures may be more effective. Leaky ductwork, a dirty air filter, and cracks around windows and doors can all make your HVAC system less efficient. Here’s how you can reduce your heating bill:
- Have your ducts cleaned or replaced
- Schedule regular HVAC maintenance
- Change your air filter every one to three months
- Take steps to seal your home’s thermal envelope
Consider Upgrading Your System
If your HVAC system consistently fails to operate effectively and efficiently, it may be time to replace it. Upgrading to a new HVAC system brings several benefits. Newer systems are more energy-efficient and do a better job of maintaining a constant temperature throughout your home. As a result, you’ll save money on heating bills. They also tend to be quieter and offer features like variable-speed fans, zoning and better filtration.
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