Getting naked or partially naked while camming in your room during the winter is not for the faint of heart – it’s flippin’ COLD!
Unless you’re one of those lucky people who has central heating that warms up every nook and cranny of your pad, you’re dealing with a heating unit that’s sporadic at best for keeping you cozy (and for some reason it never seems to hit the cam room).
You can flip on a fan to reach more areas which sometimes works, but the noise is annoying, and obviously you can’t be running it while you’re camming, so that’s out. Another option is to layer yourself up in bulky clothes, once again not an option for camming. So, that leaves us with the last alternative of jacking up the thermostat, which is sure to leave you with a nasty surprise at the end of the month when the bill arrives.
But whadya gonna do? Gotta make a living. It’s either freeze or shell out your hard-earned cash for some heat so you don’t turn into Frosty in your cam room.
No, wait! There is an alternative – you can get a space heater.
But don’t they cost just as much to run?
The good news is nowadays space heaters are super-efficient and inexpensive to run if you follow some of these tips from Indiana Connection: turn down your main heat while it’s on, only use it in one room and not a huge space like a garage, close your door to avoid losing heat, buy the right size for your space, and get a heater with a thermostat so you can run it at the lowest setting that makes you comfy.
Also, you’ll need to follow some safety precautions.
According to HouseGrail, 21,800 home fires a year are caused by space heaters, so you want to be safe while using yours. As reported on by Consumer Reports, that means to keep it at least three feet away from furniture, bedding, clothes or anything else that can catch on fire. Make sure it’s on a hard, even, nonflammable (duh) surface so it can’t topple over, don’t leave it on unattended, turn it off when you’re ready to sleep, and don’t plug it into an extension cord with other electrical devices.
Follow those rules and a space heater is a lifesaver!
I speak from experience. I froze for four years every winter in my apartment until I finally got a space heater. Not only did my heating bill go down because I was running my gas heat less (and my electricity bill was barely impacted), but I was also toasty. And yes, I followed all the rules, so I’ve had no problems!
Below are a few top-rated space heaters that you can check out if you want to take the plunge and invest in one. Whatever the case, you deserve to work in a space where you don’t freeze your tuchus off.
- Dr Infrared recommended by Bob Villa.
- Lifesmart HT1013 recommended by Shrink that Footprint.
- The De’Longhi Comfort Temp Full Room Radiant Thermostat recommended by Best Product Reviews.
- The Lasko Ceramic Portable Heater (cheap!) recommended by New York Mag.
- The Vornado VH200 recommended by the New York Times.
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Alyssa Collins hails from Minnesota, where snowy days were the perfect excuse to stay warm inside and write. Over the years, she turned that joy into a career and has authored numerous articles for various publications (under pen names). Email Alyssa via email@example.com.