Find out if an electric space heater will save you money. Learn about wall-mounted electric space heaters and if they lower your heating bill.
LESLIE: George in Utah needs some help with heating. What can we do for you?
GEORGE: Oh, well, thank you for taking my call.
TOM: You’re welcome.
GEORGE: I had a question about some electric panel heaters that I saw …
GEORGE: … in the back of Popular Mechanics.
GEORGE: The little ad advertisement was, you know, save at least 50 percent off your heating bills  and it says that it’s a low-powered draw panel heater that you just simply bolt to the wall. It’s supposed to cost you pennies a day and I was kind of curious as to if you have any thoughts on that.
When compared to using gas to heat your home , is this really going to be the big, you know, the big energy – or excuse me – the big monetary savings , using these electric panel heaters in rooms as opposed to your natural gas heater and a programmable thermostat ? You know, they can shut heat down when you’re not using it.
TOM: Do you remember the name of the product?
GEORGE: Well, I know the website that was referred to. It was the letter E – Eheat.com and they sell them for about $100 a piece and it was basically off of an ad that I saw in the back of Popular Mechanics.
TOM: George, I think the kind of product that you’re talking about is essentially a space heater . It mounts to the wall and it has a …
LESLIE: It looks pretty cool.
TOM: Yeah. It usually mounts to the wall and it has – I should say off the wall a little bit so that air flows behind it. It sort of creates …
TOM: … a convective loop, which is fine. I mean, you know, you could have an electric heater sitting on the floor that will do the same thing; this is just a wall-mounted. However, this is not designed to heat an entire house. It’s really designed just to put in some additional heat to one or two rooms, perhaps a bathroom or a basement.
LESLIE: Or a room that has a lot of windows or…
LESLIE: … not enough insulation.
TOM: Yeah. Maybe like a Florida room or a place like that. So I think it’s a pretty efficient electric heater but in fact, it is an electric heater and not designed for the entire house; just designed for those rooms where you just need to add some additional heat.
GEORGE: Yeah. In reading the ad – and that was why I asked you guys first, because it is a hefty investment at $100 a heater and the ad, you know, I think kind of overpitched the product but that’s why I was kind of curious and wanted to ask the question first.
TOM: Alright. Well, we hope we helped you out.
GEORGE: Thank you very much.
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