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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Electric Heaters - Otter Tail Power Company's Take

Over at the Fergus Falls Journal there's an article with information on electric heaters - a very popular item this time of year, especially with current temperatures in Otter Tail Country.

The article goes over some important guidelines for using these heaters - here are the ones we found most useful:

1) Look for a portable electric heater that automatically shuts off if tipped over and that has protective casing over the heating element to avoid the potential for burns.

2) The type of heater you choose can help you feel more comfortable. For example, an electric heater that distributes warmth from a greater surface area, such as a portable baseboard or a radiator-shaped heater, can increase comfort by distributing heat more evenly. A small fan-forced heater of the same wattage, meanwhile, will produce the same amount of heat but at a higher intensity and be more localized. But either will heat your room.

3) Don’t fall for claims of added efficiency on overpriced electric space heaters. All electric space heaters operate at 100 percent efficiency. Because they convert all of the electricity they use to heat, they all are equally efficient. So, don’t fall victim to a scam. Electric room heaters in wood cabinets that sell for several hundred dollars are not more energy efficient. All portable heaters use electricity without the advantage of discounted off-peak prices and are, in fact, the most expensive way to heat with electricity. Portable heaters of equal wattage will cost the same to operate whether the unit’s purchase price is $20 or $400.

See the full article here.

Any tips to add? Let us know in the comments!

-Al, Otter Tail Country Tourism Team

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