Every home located in countries are expected to have a central heating system but not everyone has the money to have one fitted while some make do with the ones they have been using for the past decade because they cannot afford to replace it. If your heating does not provide enough warmth or if you want to heat up your house faster, there are other alternatives such as a space heater.

For first time buyers, there are a number of things to consider such as petroleum-based space heaters or electric space heaters. Petroleum-based is found to be more efficient but it requires proper ventilation. Electric heaters, on the other hand, are not as efficient as the former but it wins when it comes to safety and versatility. There are different types of electric heaters such as convection heaters, infrared heaters, ceramic heaters and panel heaters.

Prior to purchasing, there are a few factors to keep in mind. You will know the efficiency of a space heater based on its heat distribution. This is the rate by which the heater can distribute the heat and increase the temperature in a room. An ideal space heater heats up every part of the room and not just the person or object in its line of sight.

If you want to conserve energy, make sure that the space heater you are purchasing has a timer. This will give you the freedom to schedule when the heater will turn on and when it will shut off. Timers are made to ensure that appliances and machines are not left running unnecessarily.

A good criterion for a space heater is that it must have thermostat. This is the best way to monitor the temperature of the surrounding to make sure that it is just enough. Even a one degree difference in the thermostat setting can result to a lot of savings annually.

For the tech-savvy homeowners, there are space heaters attached to central heating systems that can be programmed which means that different temperature can be set at various times considering that the outside temperature is different during nighttime and daytime.