Choosing a Space Heater & Fireplace

Choosing a Space Heater

space heaterWhen choosing a space heater for your home, you need to figure out exactly what you need it to do. You need to first determine your needs and then evaluate the many options and different types of heaters. You can get a space heater that easily moves from one room to another or you can get a heater that will heat up a room quickly. There are lots of different kinds to choose from, so you really need to know what you really need.

Electric space heaters are the most popular because you can get heat anywhere you have an electrical outlet. Because there are various different types of electric space heaters, you can’t help but find one to do the job.

Radiant heaters are nice and compact and portable. They are ideal for quickly heating up small spaces. Workers will place them under their work desk to heat up their immediate space. When you switch it on, immediately you feel heat, but that heat doesn’t go far. If you are always cold in your house, don’t stay under the blanket, get a heater to warm up your spot and stay cozy.

Quartz infrared heaters are one of several types of radiant heater. The invisible rays that they emit heat object and not the air around them. Because they just heat the objects within the room and do not heat the entire room, infrared heaters are very efficient. They also work very quickly. Because there is no hot air being pushed around, it doesn’t get as stuffy.

Convection heaters use a fan to blow the heat over the coils and out in the air. They are great for heating up the whole room. Convection heaters with fans are used in garages and larger work spaces. Even the big heaters are made on wheels so they are more portable. Don’t worry that the fan will be too loud. In many models you can barely hear the sound of the fan.

Propane space heaters do not need electricity to operate. That makes them handy for winter storms when you might lose electricity or on trips or places where you might not have electricity. Portable propane space heaters are ideal for using outdoors. They are lovely on a patio or deck. Even if it’s a little chilly outside, you can have a great night on your patio or deck with a propane heater warming you.

Investigate many different space heaters to find the kind that will work for you. If price is a factor, keep looking indoor air quality equipment online, you should be able to find something appropriate that is within your budget.

A Fireplace May Make Your Room Colder

FireplaceWhen you see the picture of the perfect American living room in a home, there’s a cozy room with a couch, recliner and a fireplace burning beautifully. People love to sit by the fireplace watching the flames encircling the logs. Not only does the fireplace add warmth but it adds atmosphere. Unfortunately a fireplace in a home is not perfect. There are many issues that make a fireplace very inefficient.

When a fireplace is burning, it radiates warmth into the air around it. But it also creates a current that actually pulls that air out of your room and up through the chimney. So basically warm air is escaping and your fireplace has to work even harder to warm your room. Yes, there is a damper on a chimney that supposedly keeps the inside air from escaping and the outside air from coming in. But most are not constructed very well and the seal around the edges of the damper still allows air to escape.

There are some things you can do to fix this problem. There is a damper that you can buy which is installed at the top of the chimney. This damper acts like a storm door and has a seal so that the air cannot sneak around it. You can get such a product online and you can install it yourself if you’re comfortable going on top of your roof.

Another option you have is to change your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace. You can get a gas fireplace insert which can look just like a regular wood burning fireplace. These heaters have artificial logs that look just like they’re burning. Depending on your home construction and budget, you have several options on how to install and vent the fireplace. Most gas fireplaces use propane or natural gas sources. Many homeowners go with this type of change because they get tired of having to keep cut wood around and disposing of the ashes. A gas fireplace eliminates that need.

You can also replace your fireplace with an electric heater. There are portable electric heaters that look just like fireplaces. You can get an electric fireplace heater that has a fan which can very efficiently heat a whole room quickly. Electric heaters are very efficient in the way that they heat a room. 100% of the electricity that is used is turned into heat and put back out into the room.

Another inconvenience is that the fireplace is usually in the room with the thermostat. The room with the fireplace becomes very warm and the thermostat turns off the heat. This makes rooms in the rest of the home cooler because the fireplace is not heating them. This may cause you to look into getting a portable space heater for other rooms in your home.

Different Styles of Double Strollers to Choose From

When you are shopping for double strollers, you might have noticed a few different styles to choose from. Before you can begin reading different double stroller reviews, it is in your best interest to decide on which style to go with. One style will be suited for you and your lifestyle more than another. Getting stuck with a double stroller that does not meet your needs will just be frustrating to you and your kids. Spend some time deciding which style will work, so you are sure to get the best double stroller for you.

Side-by-Side Double Stroller

This style of double stroller is exactly what it sounds like. It looks like two single strollers that have been connected side-by-side. The children sit next to each other. The length of the stroller is like a single stroller. From this aspect it is easier to maneuver around in places. The width of the stroller can be troublesome if you are not careful. Some of these types do not fit through standard sized doorways. If you will be going through a lot of standard doors, make sure you get a stroller that is less than 32 inches wide. Some models allow infant car seats to be snapped in to them as well. One of the most popular styles of side-by-side double strollers is the Britax B-Agile Double Stroller.

Tandem Double strollers


In this type of stroller, the children are positioned with one in front of the other. Kind of like a tandem bicycle, but a stroller instead. The largest down fall on these kinds of strollers is that they are longer, and some parents feel like they are pushing a bus around. They do have some advantages though, that parents are quick to point out in double stroller reviews. They are the width of a single stroller, allowing them to fit through narrow doors much more easily. There is also more room for the kids. The seats are not made more narrow allowing children to have a little more room to grow. The Contours Options LT Tandem Stroller is a very popular model of a tandem style double stroller.

Sit and Stand Double Stroller

These styles of strollers are best when you have a toddler who wants to walk sometimes, and ride other times, and a smaller child that will be riding all the time. The front seat allows the smaller child to sit and ride, and in the rear there is a small bench seat, or a platform for the toddler to stand on. Allowing children to choose between walking and standing makes them much happier, which makes parents much happier. They are narrow like a single stroller, but because there are not two full-sized seats, they are not as long as a tandem double stroller. It is kind of a compromise between them, bringing the best of both worlds in one stroller. One model of this style of stroller that is popular with parents is the Graco Ready2Grow Classic Connect LX Stroller.

I hope knowing a little more about the differences in the types of double strollers that are available helps you make an informed choice about the best double stroller for you and your family. It is possible you will need more then one style to meet your needs, and that is okay to. Not everyone is going to be able to make do with one stroller. Figure out which you need and look at double stroller reviews to help narrow the list down even further for choosing the right stroller.