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03:13AM | 11/07/06
Member Since: 03/01/05
28 lifetime posts

I have a home office (14 x 14) that I need to heat for the cold months.

I'm interested in knowing what the "best" (most economical, yet effective) method of heating the room will be.

Propane wall heater (I know I have to keep under 10000 BTU's for any vent-free propane heating source)? Some type of stand-alone, electric/oil heater?

Your suggestions are very welcome.

Thanks in advance!



04:10AM | 11/07/06
Member Since: 03/01/05
28 lifetime posts
It is an additional room just built last year. Having said that, the insulation isn't the greatest.

I've been told to stay away from electric heaters because they suck up so much, well, electricity.

Are there better electrical models than others?




05:17AM | 11/07/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
You really need to find out what YOUR cost is for the fuel.

Where I am the incremental rates during the 8 "non-summer" months is 3.4 cents/kWh.

Some other places they are paying 10-15, even 20 cents.

And electric resistive heat is electric resistive heat. You get the same amount of heater per kWh whether they are baseboard, "radiators", or utility heaters.

Another option would be a heat pump. Either through the wall or a split ductless. And that also give AC if needed.

And the amount of heat needed also depends on the climate and the size and quality of the windows.

I do not like the idea of ventless gas heaters. They give off lots of moisture and also a number of sulfer and other compounds from the trace compounds in the gas.

There are small DIRECT VENT heats that are realitively easy to install. Some are designed as wall heaters. Others as fireplaces.

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