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Is It Better To Use a Space Heater or Turn Up Your Thermostat?

Learn some energy-saving tips for heating your home.

Written by Luke Daugherty

Edited by Jamie Cesanek

Last updated 08/31/2023

Man using a space heater to warm up his living room

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Key Points

  • Choosing to heat your home with a space heater or a thermostat comes down to several important factors, from the size of your home to the efficiency of your furnace.
  • Space heaters can be effective for heating individual rooms, but it’s important to use them safely.
  • Overall, central heating is usually more efficient and safe than relying on space heaters.
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