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bsmith6356 11-16-2008 12:03 PM

What is more efficient?
 
Hi-
Our house has gas heat. Last week I was in the attic, and found a fake fireplace that is electric. It says 120V/60Hz/1500W on the back, runs a fan out of the bottom, and has a thermostat. It's just my wife and I in the house, and she was asking if it would save us money to turn down the heat and just use the electric fireplace. The top has controls for fan, thermostat, and two switches that you can turn on and off that say 750 Watts.

Someone suggested using an electric blanket at night. Night time sleeping temperature is not the problem, it's during the day or evening that we mainly need the heat.

A couple of questions:
1. would this thing end up costing us more to run than relying on our gas? Our house is two story, the upstairs only has a master bedroom. We typically program our heat to run anywhere from 65 (at night) to 69 during the day. We live in Charlotte, NC.
2. Last night I had it plugged into an outlet that also has our TV/home entertainment system. We had all of them going at once, and it blew a fuse. I'm assuming I need to try another outlet?

I would appreciate any help!
Thanks, Brent

Marvin Gardens 11-16-2008 01:32 PM

Electricity is way more efficient than gas. All the heat is left in the house and none is vented outside like gas.

The question should be what costs less for the same results. With gas prices increasing it is becoming a toss up.

750 watts is nothing and would have a hard time keeping a small bathroom warm. Running this heater for an hour will produce about 2500 btu's which is not much.

If you went with electric you would need a much bigger heater.

beenthere 11-16-2008 05:24 PM

That heater on high(1500 watts) is barely enough for the average living room.

kennzz05 11-16-2008 06:12 PM

i havent paid a gas bill in a while so i dont know rates but id be suprized if my gas bill for a month would be higher than my elec bill if i was using straight elec heat (non heat pump) i know it never used to be like that

beenthere 11-16-2008 10:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kennzz05 (Post 185990)
i havent paid a gas bill in a while so i dont know rates but id be suprized if my gas bill for a month would be higher than my elec bill if i was using straight elec heat (non heat pump) i know it never used to be like that

Depend where you are.
Some places have very high electric rates.
Some areas in this country are 25 cents a KWH.

Marvin Gardens 11-16-2008 11:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beenthere (Post 186102)
Depend where you are.
Some places have very high electric rates.
Some areas in this country are 25 cents a KWH.

I feel good with my 6 cents per KWH. Co-op.

beenthere 11-17-2008 05:11 AM

Currnetly 10 5 cents here.
Goes up 30 to 40% in 2010 though.

tk03 11-18-2008 09:32 PM

The unit at 1500 watts is about 5000 btu's. With the fan it may work OK dependent on windows, room size, insulation etc.

hvaclover 11-18-2008 10:34 PM

No buddy pick up on the fuse blowing? Only the TV going.

Does the OP know what the home's electrical system is like?

Is the electrical panel too small for the family's power consumption?

beenthere 11-19-2008 01:37 AM

Entertainment centers can have a high amp draw themselves.
So a breaker tripping with the addition of a 12.5 amp draw(6.75 if it was set to 750 watts) is not surprising.

hvaclover 11-19-2008 09:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beenthere (Post 187135)
Entertainment centers can have a high amp draw themselves.
So a breaker tripping with the addition of a 12.5 amp draw(6.75 if it was set to 750 watts) is not surprising.


Whadda'yamean?? My console B&W 12" Philco TV and '78 speed Victrola only draws 2 amps!:eek:

hvaclover 11-19-2008 09:09 AM

[quote=hvaclover;187212]Whadda'yamean?? My console B&W 12" Philco TV and '78 speed Victrola only draws 2 amps!:eek: j/k . This one was my bad. Iam not up on what all the entertainment devices do amp wise.

beenthere 11-19-2008 09:08 PM

15 amp circuits are good for an electric heater plus anther appliance that draws more then 3 amps.


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