Regular guest poster, Jess Nichols of Sweet Eventide, weighs in on keeping warm in the winter.
We moved into a rental last summer that fit almost all of our needs: it was in our budget, accepted our large dog and was within walking distance to my son's school. Check, check, check. Unfortunately, while it is the age of home we adore (1940s), it is showing its age a little too much. In fact, we are going to be the very last tenants in this home. When we move, it's going to be torn down.
There are many things we love about this house, a few things we hate, and some things we love and hate. Take our family room for example: it is awesome extra space that we have never had before, 450 square feet that houses our television, home office and a table dedicated exclusively for arts, crafts and games (hello, dreamy). The family room was an addition to the house who knows when, and it was not built well or with insulation. In summer, it was roasting hot in this room, making it almost impossible to live in.
Now that it's winter, it gets unbearably cold. Once upon a time, there was a wall furnace but our electricity company came out to inspect it for me in the fall and deemed it a hazard, promptly disconnecting it altogether. So I was on the prowl for an affordable, efficient heating solution since so very much of my family's living takes place in this room. I would like to introduce our new Eco Heater.
It was easy to install with only four screws and a template that was included. It heats approximately 120 square feet (we have installed two for this room) and is mounted away from the wall to create a convection heat stream. It is totally silent and the company claims it costs less than four cents per hour to operate. We'll see when the first bill arrives.
This may not be the *most* eco-friendly space heater on the market, but for our circumstances, I feel that we have made a good choice. We already got stuck with a lemon of an oil-filled space heater that went kaput. The manufacturer of that heater is bankrupt so now I'm faced with finding a way to dispose of it. That is obviously less than ideal. I am looking into adding a thermostat to each Eco Heater to make it even more efficient. A total bonus is the heaters can be painted, although in my case the white is a welcome contrast to the seemingly endless wood paneling.