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For smaller rooms, a space heater is a good option.
Not only do electric space heaters provide instant heat, but today’s models are also super energy efficient. Instead of cranking up your thermostat, a space heater is a convenient way to stay warm & save money!
Modern space heaters offer cool features too:
adjustable temp, auto shutoff, lots of power levels, timer controls
Below is a top list of the best space heaters for home.
Portable electric heater prices range, $79 – $219.
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1. Dr Heater DR998 Heater
The Dr Heater DR998 infrared heater is the best option for heating large rooms – it’s a favorite in senior homes and city apartments!
Designed for large rooms, it’s a dual space heater which combines infrared and convection heat.
If you’re stressing about staying cool this summer there’s a few types air conditioners to consider ~ each comes with a tradeoff between price, convenience and cooling efficiency.
During peak summer months, a good air conditioner can make a world of difference.
Believe me – there is nothing worse than living in a home that’s unbearably hot.
Sleeping is nearly impossible in 90-degree heat.
I know. I’ve done it.
The apartment didn’t have central cooling and the ceiling window was 11 ft. high.
I rented it in winter… bad idea.
In case you haven’t done so, you’ll want to first measure the room(s) you want to keep cool. Since an air conditioner’s cooling power is measured in BTU you’ll want to get the square footage.
100-150 sq. ft.
150-250 sq. ft.
250-300 sq. ft.
300-350 sq. ft.
350-400 sq. ft.
400-450 sq. ft.
450-550 sq. ft.
550-700 sq. ft.
700-1000 sq. ft.
1000-1400 sq. ft.
BTU estimates assume your home has an average ceiling height. Also new mildly flammable refrigerants are proven to be more energy efficient and produce lower emissions.
Other factors that may require a higher BTU estimate:
large windows, region humidity, or open home layouts.
Best Types of Air Conditioners for Home
The Energy Institute at Haas Berkeley reported President Obama’s Clean Power Plan that calls for a 32% reduction in emissions by 2030. And that Biden’s new energy reform will call for 100% reduction by 2035.
Below is my list of the four most popular types of air conditioners for home.
For each I detail the pros and cons, features, and price range ~ I also provide tips for best efficiency and scenarios they’re ideal for.
#1. Central Air Conditioning (HVAC)
The newest and most efficient type of home air conditioning is central air.
It’s also the most expensive option, by far.
However compared to others, central air are the best type of air conditioners you can buy.
For new homes central heating and cooling is the standard.
Instead of cooling a single room, central HVAC systems are designed to heat and cool your entire home.
Another benefit is the “smart home” control panel or remote control – simply set your desired room temp and let the HVAC do the rest!
Portable AC units are affordable, versatile, energy efficient, and fast install – takes only 10 mins!
Powerful and fast cooling ~ portable acs are actually NOT designed to be the primary cooling source in your home. They’re often used as a secondary cooling source (usually alongside an HVAC system).
One of their key benefits is their energy efficiency.
Many portable air conditioners today are Energy Star Rated (EER)- this means they’re certified by the U.S. EPA for the highest energy efficiency.
Portable units are more efficient than HVAC or mini split systems.
For residential use, here’s a few scenarios to consider.
It’s a waste of money to have a central air conditioning system or purchase a mini split for an apartment or small home, especially if you’re renting. Portable units are efficient and do not cost a lot to operate.
Also good option for college students.
Awkward Sized Windows
For those who have awkward window sizes (usually in city apartments), a portable air conditioner hose will do the trick!
Home Cooling on a Budget
Portable air conditioners are fairly affordable for most homes
Of all the types of air conditioners, portable units have the most Energy Star Rated models
For high humidity, most portable units include a powerful dehumidifier. Looking online I’d say that most are capable of removing 55-65 pints of air moisture daily.
During Power Outages
Some portable air conditioners have the ability to operate even when if the power goes out. Keep in mind you will have to look for this feature on the label since it’s a unique feature.
Camping or RVs
A few portable units can be used on vacations or camping trips. As battery-operated models, they can be powered using a portable generator
Users have used them to cools tents or RVs.
FYI: remember to check the product label to make this function is avail.
The basic models fairly affordable in terms of home cooling.
Some of the newest features include a built-in heater, smart air conditioningusing your smartphone, and adjustable temp.
Expect a good portable air conditioner to cost $219 to $699.
Top manufacturers include Honeywell, Black and Decker, Costway, LG and Whynter.
#4.) Window Air Conditioners & Wall Units
Window units are the most popular type of air conditioning for apartments or renting a home.
They’re super affordable – especially compared to a HVAC system or a ductless mini split unit. In city apartments, window air conditioners are the go-to type for air conditioning.
FYI: Wall units can be mounted in a hole cut into the exterior wall.
Like portable air conditioners, today’s window units are more efficient than ever before – many are Energy Star Rated and have an EER (energy efficiency rating) of 10 or higher (the higher the better).