If you're preparing to heat your home this winter, you might be thinking about purchasing space heaters. Although space heaters can work well as supplemental or emergency heat sources, they aren't usually the best option for heating a home. Instead, you will probably want to install a furnace for these reasons and more.
Buying Multiple Space Heaters is Costly
If you're thinking about buying space heaters instead of a furnace, you could be thinking about doing it because you're short on cash. You might assume that buying space heaters is going to be significantly cheaper than installing a furnace, but you may not be able to save as much money as you think. After all, you will probably have to purchase multiple space heaters to heat your entire home, and bigger space heaters are quite expensive. If you talk to a heating contractor, you can find out how much it will cost to install a heating system in your home. You may find that your furnace installation will be more affordable than you think.
You Shouldn't Leave Space Heaters Unattended
You can leave your furnace running when you're at work or when you walk outside so you can keep your home warm and cozy all the time. Space heaters, on the other hand, shouldn't be left running when they're unattended.
You Won't Be Able to Enjoy Even Heating
Space heaters provide uneven heat. You'll probably find that the areas around your space heaters are nice and warm, but other areas of your home will probably be quite chilly. If you would like to have nice, even heating throughout your home, you will probably find that a furnace will work more effectively. Then, you can avoid hot and cold spots in your home.
Your Heating Bills Might Be More Costly
Running space heaters is often more expensive than running a furnace. If you choose an energy-efficient furnace, you should find that it will be a more affordable way of heating your home. A heating contractor can help you choose an energy-efficient furnace that will do a good job of heating your home, all while saving you money and being friendlier to the environment.
You May Have to Worry About Space
Space heaters typically sit on the floor, and some units are quite sizable. In smaller rooms, they can take up a lot of space. This shouldn't be a problem with a furnace, however, so you can make better use of your home's square footage.
Contact a heating contractor for more information.