Regardless of where you locate yourself during the winter, you're still likely to experience a few chilly nights. One thing that can be counted on to be unpredictable is the weather. Even if you keep your propane filled, having a space heater or two on hand can keep heating costs down while keeping your RV comfortable. There are many different styles on the market, and these days they're safer than ever.
When you're shopping for a space heater, there are several important features to consider. You want to choose a unit that's powerful enough to heat the area, is safe, is easy to use, and fits the space physically and aesthetically.
First and foremost, you need a heater according to your needs; you want one that actually can handle the size of the space you're heating. For example, infrared heaters and big fan heaters can cover a lot of space, where a small fan heater is good for small rooms or for use as a personal heater. Generally, a heater requires 100-watts to sufficiently warm a 1-square yard (or 3-square feet), so for large rooms like bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens, you likely want a heater that has a maximal power of 1500-watts.
Possibly the most important feature is the unit's safety level. You want a space heater that is unlikely to tip over and won't catch fire if it does. Make sure that the options you compare will automatically shut off if they fall over. Optimal units also have an auto shut-off mode that turns it off if it begins to get too hot. The best appliances also have a timer.
Lastly, you need to consider the space heater's usability. What that means is that it should have the features that makes it easy to use for you. For example, some people find having a remote control for their appliance to be more convenient; others think it's a hassle to keep track of one more remote. If you plan to periodically move the unit, is it easy to carry? Does it have wheels so it can be rolled? Does it have a timer? Do you want a timer? Save money by choosing a space heater that only has the features you really want.
Although there are many different models on the market with a variety of appearances, levels of power, and range of amenities, these are a few of the top options.
- DR Infrared Heater: This space heater is extremely attractive with a wooden exterior that looks like furniture. With 1500-watts, it heats up to 1000-square feet and comes with a remote control for added convenience. It's also the most expensive option on this list.
- Honeywell Ceramic Heater: This compact heater is a perfect choice for tiny spaces. It's not strong enough to handle larger spaces, but works well as a personal heater or to warm your bathroom. It's cute and comes in a variety of colors.
- Lasko Ceramic Tower: Since it's narrow, it easily fits into small nooks, so it's out of the way. With 1500-watts, it heats up to 1000-square feet and has a remote control for added convenience. It also has wide-spread oscillation and a 7-hour timer with a programmable thermostat.
Many of these models are available at several brick and mortar, big box stores, as well as online.
Although everyone's personal preference is unique, these are a few of the best options currently on the market. In fact, we have these ourselves. We have a ceramic tower in the bedroom, an infrared heater in the main living space, and a small heater in the bathroom. Although we don't use all of them consistently, they help reduce how much we spend on propane when we're in cold climates over the winter. Stay warm!