Large rooms can sometimes be difficult to heat with a normal furnace due to the fact heat can be distributed very unevenly throughout the room. This is a major reason some people use a space heater in addition to their furnace or only use a space heater for that specific room. Depending on your individual needs and situation will determine what you do, but if the room isn’t warm enough or has dead spots, a space heater may be the right solution.
So how do you determine what space heater you’re going to need and which is the best one? A lot of this will depend on what you define as large. For the purpose of this article, we’ll consider a large room to be the master bedroom, living room, or any area that covers over several hundred square feet. If you haven’t already, I would suggest reading over this guide here, to familiarize yourself with BTU’s.
For larger rooms you’ll want to look for a few basic features in specific space heaters. Besides the obvious safety features, and basic functions you’ll want a heater that is capable of producing at least 16,000 BTU’s. This is to ensure enough coverage over the entire room so you’re not left cold in the corner. Secondly, you’ll want to take into some other smaller considerations such as the design, other miscellaneous functions, or cord length, so you know whether or not you’ll have to purchase the proper extension cord.
Lastly, if it matters to you, you can look at factors such as energy efficiency, heat up time, physical weight, or type of heater. As of writing this, I’m choosing heaters that are able to produce the most amount of heat over a long period of time. If I have to spend a dollar or two more a month on the electric bill, then so be it! As I may have mentioned before, I do have children, so I will take that into some consideration. For some heaters, the surface temperature can become very hot and easily cause burns to those that are unaware.
Lifesmart Corp Lifelux Series Ultimate 8 Element Extra Large Room Infrared Deluxe Wood Cabinet & Remote
Quite a mouthful that title is, regardless, the heater does its job and does the job well. This heater uses 8 heating elements that wrapped within the body to produce heat, which makes it relatively safe to have around children or pets. It claims to use up to 1500 watts of power, however actual user testing shows it to produce more around 1400 watts. What I like about this unit is it can continuously draw 1400 watts, which basically translates to continuous power = continuous heat. 1400 watts should be enough for a large room, and it even has a 12-hour start and stop time. It’s relatively quiet and wasn’t too expensive either. As of writing this it is about $120 on Amazon.
Bionaire Silent Micathermix Console Heater for Large Spaces
Bionaire has produced lightweight home (or office in my case) heater uses convection heater to raise the room’s temperature. If you read the first bit about Lifesmart’s heater, you can tell I have that model in my home. This specific model is the one I use in my office throughout the harsh Minnesota winters. My office is fairly large and along with the furniture, bookcases, desk, etc. the heat can sometimes take a while to dissipate throughout the room. I became tired of cold mornings and decided to give this a try; I love it.
At $99.99, I found this unit to be a great deal. Similar to the last one it is rated at 1500 watts, however, I’m skeptical whether or not it actually produces that much. This heater heats my office up fairly quickly, usually by the time I leave for a short 5-minute coffee break I can come back and the room is warm. It’s very quiet, as I sometimes have to check the side panel to make sure it’s off before I leave for the day. The unit is set on two wheels and is fairly lightweight. Now this can be a good thing or bad thing depending on who’s in your office. It’s not uncommon for me to find one of my coworkers down the hall has ‘borrowed’ it on a morning where I decided to sleep in a little bit. He thought I wasn’t coming in, and he was a little cold.
Before going out and buying a heater, be sure to take some other information into account. Read the Amazon reviews, check out the manufacturer’s website, and remember other factors that may play into your purchase as well. For my home, I had to remember I have small children and a dog that could get burned very badly if I purchase the wrong heater. For my office, it really doesn’t matter as much but I still have to pay attention to where the heat is coming out of the unit so I know where to place it. If the heat dissipates from the side, I can’t place it up against a wall.
If you have any questions or need help in picking a heater feel free to email me at Scott@heaterbuyingguide.com