Defrost Your Rental with a Space Heater

To space heat or not to space heat. If you're renting an old, drafty house, that's often the question.

A space heater can seem like a good quick fix, but some fear they're dangerous and would rather just avoid any potential fire-starters. But no need to fear them. Space heaters can save you money if you use them correctly. They're a great way to quickly heat a room or small area and they enable you to turn down the heat in the rest of the house. Just think of it like the old-fashioned model of lighting a fire in the room you're sitting in. Keep the heat with you and avoid high heating bills. (Check out our heating Savings Experiment.)

Here are a few great, inexpensive ways to heat your rental:

Holmes Ultra-Quiet Ceramic Heater ($29 at QVC)
  • Great safety feature: It automatically shuts off if it's tipped over
  • Grill changes color as it gets hot so you won't burn yourself
  • It's quiet and works quickly

Honeywell HZ 7200 Cool Touch Heater
($45 at Target), at right
  • Stays cool to the touch and has an auto switch-off
  • Compact design
  • Oscillates to spread heat around the room
  • Thermostat will keep the room at your chosen temperature

Lasko 5628 Silent Touch Heater ($40 at Home Depot), below
  • Remote control
  • Low profile works well against the wall to replicate baseboard heat, but takes up more floorspace than the others
  • Quiet operation
  • The handles allow you to move it even if it's hot

Want more info on space heaters? Check out the recent stories on the topic from The Washington Post and The New York Times.
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