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Should I Use Space Heaters or Turn up the Thermostat this Winter?

Posted by Empire Blog at 7:00 am on November 28, 2016

space heaterGetting through the winter can be tough! Every time you get cold you throw on an extra layer of clothes or adjust the thermostat a bit higher. But before you adjust your heater this winter consider using a space heater to save some money.

Why Space Heaters?

Space heaters are a very convenient option to help you warm up your house during the cold winters. Since space heaters are small, they are quite portable and can be moved anywhere. They are also inexpensive and range in price from $20 to $200.

Deciding whether or not to use a space heater boils down to the size of the room you are heating. If the room is large like an entire living room, you may need to operate it for much longer or turn on additional heaters. On the other hand, if you just need a little extra heat while working at your desk, using a space heater will be more cost effective than increasing the thermostat temperature.

Potential Drawbacks of Space Heaters

Although space heaters are convenient, there are some drawbacks to using them. If you need to warm up a large area of your home, you will end up needing multiple units. Since the units require a great deal of electricity, you may end up spending more using space heaters.

Another factor that determines whether or not to use a space heater involves electricity prices. If rates for electric power are high compared to rates for gas, you may end up spending more using a space heater.

Besides comparing rates and seeing how many units you will need, consider safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a majority of deaths caused by fires during the winter season were a result of space heaters. When operating a space heater, it is important that you leave no flammable chemicals or materials nearby.

Other Money Saving Ideas

Concerns about your heating bill this winter should not just revolve around adjusting the thermostat or using a space heater. There are many other ways to save money.

First, consider bringing in an HVAC professional to inspect your unit. He or she will perform the necessary adjustments and fix worn out parts to ensure that your system is operating at peak efficiency.

Next, take a look at the gaps in doors and windows. Fill in these spots to prevent heat from escaping.

Finally, consider setting the temperature considerably lower when no one is home. For example, manually adjust or use the programmable feature on your thermostat to set the temperature 3, 4 or even 10 degrees below normal during the time everyone at home is either at school or work. The heating system can recover temperatures very quickly unlike the cooling system

Conclusion

Rather than adjusting the thermostat, space heaters present a convenient way to warm up your home. Before using one, consider several factors including the size of the room you are trying to heat as well as electricity rates. Also consider other money saving ideas. This winter, consider other options including space heaters to keep your family warm and your wallet full!

For Valentine’s Day, Treat Your Significant Other to a Custom Heating Unit

Posted by Empire Blog at 2:57 pm on February 10, 2015

4566336377_0f8ee41e10_zFor a completely novel approach to the most romantic of days, give your loved one a gift that will remind them of your feelings not just on Valentine’s Day, but all throughout the year.

Let our seasoned HVAC contractors come up with a new HVAC design for your house in time for Valentine’s Day.

No more waking up to cold mornings or suffering through humid nights! Our heating and air conditioning specialists can make all your evenings together cozy and comfortable. (more…)

Tips to Selecting a Furnace for Your Home

Posted by Empire Blog at 9:27 am on January 13, 2015

 

Furnace OverviewMost modern homes use central heating systems for their main source of heat in place of the wood burners and fireplaces that were once found in the majority of residential and commercial properties. Furnace technology has evolved over the last few decades, producing many new-age devices designed for maximum energy-efficiency without hindering overall performance output.

To keep costs down and to simplify the installation process, there are numerous central heating AC systems on the market. The convenience and effectiveness of these combination devices has made them commonplace, but even then, it can be difficult to decide which type to buy when upgrading.  (more…)

Tips to Efficiently Heat Your Older Home

Posted by Empire Blog at 9:54 am on December 16, 2014

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Stately and proud, old houses stand as a testimony to the grandeur and incomparable style of a bygone era. However, heating an older residence with its tall ceilings, big rooms and aging heating system can be quite expensive. Fortunately, there are modern ways to heat your older home without compromising its architectural integrity.

Dry Radiant System

If you’re willing to sacrifice a little room height, you can install a dry radiant heating system to ward off the winter chill. In our many years as an Atlanta HVAC company, we have seen this method work quite effectively, especially in old houses.

Tiny PEX plastic tubing attached to aluminum tracks underneath your floors deliver heat to the surface of the finished flooring from the heated water that flows through them. The water temperature required for this type of heating is lower than what is needed for radiator heat. This means you save on fuel and end up paying lower utility bills over time. (more…)

Why Choose Radiant Floor Heating?

Posted by Empire Blog at 10:23 am on November 11, 2014

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More and more homes these days are being designed and built with the environment in mind. From LEED-certified commercial structures to eco-friendly housing products, the green industry is booming, providing savings for homeowners who decide to go this route. Empire HVAC recommends checking out radiant floor heating for your home for the many benefits it can provide. (more…)

Tips for Heating a Single Room or Area that Just Won’t Stay Warm

Posted by Empire Blog at 9:45 pm on February 20, 2014

Heating Tips Decatur GA

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Are you one of those homeowners who for some reason seem to have a ridiculously hard time heating just one room or small area of your house? The problem clearly isn’t your heat pump or furnace since every other room in the house stays warm once you turn on the heat. It’s just one cranky room or that one side of the house or that new addition. What can you do to put a heating damper on that stubborn little area with a permanent big chill?

  1. Insulation
    • You know it’s coming. You hate to hear it. But it’s inescapable. If heating your home to a comfortable state is a piece of cake everywhere but in one specific room, the problem is most likely a lack of proper insulation. As much as you may hate the idea of having to buy and install new insulation, you should actually be thankful if that really is the problem. Why? Because you have so many options available these days when it comes to adding insulation. You may even be able to do the job yourself.
  2. Drafts
    • If you know for a fact that the walls and ceiling of a room that is resistant to heating are insulated, it’s time to inspect the area for drafts. Cold air could be undoing all the effort your heat pump or furnace puts into warming a room. Don’t just look, but feel for even a light draft of air all around the windows and doors in the area of the house that won’t stay warm. Then patiently run your hand along baseboards and the intersection of walls and where the wall meets the ceiling. Cold air will look for any way it can to enter your house and just because there is no immediately obvious entry point does not mean that your problem heating the room is not related to a cold draft in some way.
  3. Add a Space Heater
    • The ideal use for a space heater would be for heating a room that stays cold even when central heating has no problem warming the rest of the house. Space heaters should never be used for heating large areas and should obviously be turned off and unplugged when you are not actually inside that room that won’t stay warm. Space heaters can be a fire hazard, true, but usually only when they are not used safely and following all directions and guidelines.
  4. Flooring
    • When you are inspecting a single room in the house unusually resistant to heating efforts, don’t forget to get down on your knees and check to see if a cold draft is coming from under the house. A bare, exposed floor can put negatively impact heating efforts. That room that just won’t stay warm might well be less of a pain to heat simply by laying down some carpeting. And while you’re at it, adding some thicker curtains certainly won’t hurt, either.
  5. Air Ducts
    • The last resort for heating a room that won’t stay warm for most homeowners will be one that addresses air flow. If you cannot help but notice that the room you are having trouble heating is equipped with air ducts that are smaller than the ducts in every other room, you have likely spotted a solution you probably won’t like. In addition to ducts that are too small, some rooms stay cold because the ducts are not centrally located. Replacing a small duct or adding additional ducts will almost certainly solve the heating problem, but it’s probably not going to be a DIY job.

Contact Decatur Heating Experts – Empire Heating and Air Conditioning

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