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I am looking to purchase a portable electric heater to help heat the hallway in my 1836 home. We heat with wood, however, sometimes we are not here to feed the stove every 2 hours. We recently had a 36 panel photolvoltiac installation to produce electricity for our home. We have installed electric baseboards in our bathrooms and kitchen to help keep the temp in the areas with water warmer when we are away. Looking for advice on what might be my best bet for an infared heater. Many on the market and I figured that some of you might have information that would be useful to me. Thanks and looking forward to the wealth of educated information that is always available here.
 

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Propane is far better if you don't have utility power. Using solar electric for heating is extremely cost-inefficient, since the photovoltaic system's cost per watt-hour of heating is so high.
 

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Update

Received the heater today. Unbelievable how quick it arrived.
Very nice looking and the controls are high quality and responsive.
Since we are having unusual warm weather, we have not been able to really give it a good try.
Being able to set the temperature and having a timer, if it does a good job heating, I feel we got a great deal. In fact I might just order another one for the opposite side of the house. Near my bathroom.
Great price and free shipping. :thumbsup:
 

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The "plug in" space heaters which say "1500 Watts" will provide the most heat!
It has two settings. Low - 1000 Watt and High - 1500 watt.

I see from the owner's manual that it requires a dedicated 15A circuit. :whistling2:
Do you actually think I am going to install a dedicated circuit for a space heater? :laughing:
 

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Just wanted to verify the heater I bought was an excellent purchase. I leave it on the (eco) mode. It keeps the room evenly heated and is very quite. I am ordering another one for the opposite end of the house.
It did not require the dedicated circuit as I was certain it did not need.
Just an update and feedback on the heater.
 

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Are you trying to keep your house warm, or keep the pipes from freezing. If the pipes are your concern, just heat the pipes. They make heater wires to wrap over pipes, then wrap fiberglass insulatikn. There is a temp sensor that automatically turns the heater kn/off. It will be much more efficient than trying to warm air in order to warm your pipes.
 

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Are you trying to keep your house warm, or keep the pipes from freezing. If the pipes are your concern, just heat the pipes. They make heater wires to wrap over pipes, then wrap fiberglass insulatikn. There is a temp sensor that automatically turns the heater kn/off. It will be much more efficient than trying to warm air in order to warm your pipes.
I am trying to help my heat pump in an old house with not so great insulation. There are hot and cold spots. Especially in the rooms (bath and office) where I tiled the floors over concrete.

Where did the mention of pipes come from?
 
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