A great primary or backup heating solution for a large room or office is a space heater and reviewing the best, most energy efficient models to buy is a sensible step in the right direction. After all, keeping warm during the very cold days of winter especially when you are working is a primary concern.
With that in mind, this article takes a look at highly fuel efficient yet powerful space heaters that could fill your need for warmth that is cost effective as well as adequate for your needs. I'll be looking at their power output and costs as well as their size, compatibility and convenience plus ease of use so you can decide this form of heater is right for you.
Providing Fuel Efficient Heat for the Home or Office Space
One of the biggest problems many people find with providing useful warmth to their living or working spaces nowadays is cost effectiveness compared with the amount of output needed to keep the thermometer above a certain comfortable temperature, especially on very cold days. The laws of physics are immutable and so you really can only get the mercury to rise by as many degrees as the amount of available fuel will allow.
At least that's how we used to view things. But that was when inefficiency at wringing every last joule of energy out of a unit of fuel was the order of the day and we simply didn't have the sophisticated devices at our command as we do today.
Modern space heaters are designed to provide maximum heat for the amount of fuel they burn, making them a very good investment for providing primary or backup heat where it is needed. Of course some models are slightly better than others, but the difference is a lot less marked than it was say 20 years ago.
Making the Fuel Count
There is of course a whole load more to maintaining a comfortable level of warmth in a room than just firing up a space heater and letting it to all the work. The room itself needs to be as efficient at holding that heat in and not letting it escape into the outside world as it can be.
No room is completely heat-tight but there is a lot you can do to improve its thermal insulation and plug any holes where precious heat might escape. This is where some planning and careful attention to detail comes into its own at saving you money on the fuel you use.
Of course the first place to look is always the most obvious and often overlooked by those concentrating on insulating walls and roof spaces etc. That would be the door and windows that represent the largest heat-escaping holes in any room!
You'd be shocked at how many offices operate in cold weather with the heating on full-blast but the door is left wide open! Even worse is when the windows are also left open "to let in some fresh air!"
Shut that Door!
All the thermal insulation in the world will not keep those precious units of heat in a room where windows and/or doors are providing gaping first point exits for heat to escape. Keep them closed!
If you have several people using your office, make sure to tell them all to remember to close the door after them when they leave or come back in again. The saving in reduced energy wastage can be staggering.
Windows can leak a lot of heat through the glass itself even when they're closed. So fitting double glazed units is a good idea.
Insulate Your Room
Where that is not an option, you can create low cost secondary "glazing" by covering the window frames with plastic sheeting and taping it to the frames leaving a gap of between a half inch and an inch between the plastic and the glass pane(s). You should also use caulking to seal any gaps between the frames and the wall that might allow a draft to get through.
With doors, you can also caulk the frames to ensure an airtight seal while fitting a draft excluding strip at the bottom of the door to stop cold air blowing in under the door. Notice I didn't mention heat getting out that way, since hot air rises it is more likely to find its way out through higher gaps whereas cold air will get in through lower ones.
The next biggest target is the attic space above your room (or ceiling space if you're office is on the ground floor with rooms above). In a commercial office, it may not always be possible to insulate this space, but if it is, then getting fiberglass sheets to cover the top of each ceiling tile will certainly help keep your heat in your office and stop the room above from stealing your heat!
In single storey buildings, insulating the attic space with a radiant barrier as well as fiberglass infill is a good investment as you can prevent a large percentage of your energy from simply rising through the ceiling into the attic and out through the roof.
Buy the Most Fuel Efficient Heater for your Space
Now that you are happy that your work space is as close to air tight as you can make it, you need to make sure that you spend your money on the best space heater with great fuel economy coupled with great thermal output you can afford. There are several good models available that you can buy online and it is these I want to recommend that you take a closer look for yourself.
I've written up reviews on what I consider the best of them on the next page, which you can turn to by clicking the link to page 2 below:
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