Space heaters offer convenience and provide heat directly. Learn about the four types of portable heaters to find the right one for your space.
Types of Space Heaters
- Has a short body
with a ceramic
- Can be placed
atop a table,
chair, bench or
- Uses radiant heating to
- Can use fan-forcing
Space Heaters' Electricity Consumption
|Quadrillion Btu||Billion kilowatt-hours||Share of total|
Heating Up the USA
Space heating makes up the largest portion of household energy use in the majority of the country.
- For decades following the 1990’s, space heating has amounted for over 50% of residential energy consumption.
- After 2009, space heating usage dipped to 41%.
- Space Heating Fuel: 56% natural gas - 38% electricity - 20% other/none.
- It costs $2.82 per day to use an electric space heater for 16 hours.
- Space heaters resulted in 79% of fatalities in home heating fires.
- 110.1 million units in the U.S. use space heaters.
Where to Keep your Space Heater
|Portable Heater Type||Best for use in:|
|Oil-Filled Radiant Heater||Long hallways, spaces which require a lot of transporting|
|Pedestal Heater||Facilities in need of timing heater use|
|Flat Panel Heater||Small offices, packed rooms|
|Ceramic Heater||Places with a table or available mounting space, ex: a shelf with enough space|
Tips for Safe Use
- Keep all flammable items at least 3 feet away from space heaters.
- Don't let kids within 3 feet of an open heater.
- Keep heaters away from water to prevent electrocution.
- Don't stack anything on heaters.
- Heaters should be monitored while in use.
- Keep space heaters away from exits, walkways and traveling spaces.
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