How to Heat a Small Room Efficiently

Efficiency is the key to staying warm and comfortable all winter long, while ensuring that it doesn’t cost you a fortune. If you have a small room that needs heat, there are several ways to do it efficiently.

1. Use central heat.

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If your home doesn’t have central heat, it may be worth the investment to keep it warm. It’s the most efficient and cost effective way to heat a house. No matter how big or small, there’s a central heating system that fits your needs and budget.

However, there are inevitably some homes that have rooms with poor insulation or that are simply colder than others, in which case you may need to employ other solutions.

2. Make sure your windows are sealed.

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The first step to keeping any heat in is to make sure your room is well insulated. Windows are susceptible to leaks, so resealing them can prevent your heat from escaping the room, so no matter how you choose to heat it, you won’t lose the warm air.

3. Keep your curtains and blinds open.

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Use the sunlight to your advantage. Open your curtains and blinds every morning to let the sunshine in. It can warm a room very quickly.

If you need help remembering, set an alarm or a reminder to open up your home every morning and by afternoon, it’ll be nice and toasty, even if it’s cold outside.

4. Use a programmable thermostat.

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Programmable thermostats help you keep control of the temperature in your home, even when you’re not there. That means you can control your environment precisely for extra efficiency.

The best thing to do is get a smart thermostat that connects to your Wi-Fi network. Connect it to your phone via the app and put it on Eco mode. It will learn your habits, like your work schedule, and adjust accordingly when you leave the house.

If you need to override Eco mode or set your own custom schedule, you can. That way you’re not wasting energy when you’re not at home to enjoy it.

5. Turn your fans around.

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Most ceiling fans have a switch that changes the direction of the blades. If you turn your fan around to spin counter clockwise, rather than lifting the warm air out of the room, it will push the warm air back down into the room.

This is especially effective if you have high ceilings. Heat rises, so you’re losing all of your heat to your vaulted ceilings unless you use your ceiling fan to push it all back down.

6. Get a heater.

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Getting a space heater is always an option when trying to heat a small room. It takes about 20 BTUs to heat one square foot, so for a small bedroom, you need about 2000 BTUs. Make sure your heater is sized appropriately or it won’t be effective.

>> Read more about different types of space heaters.

A heater that’s too big will heat your room way too quickly and draw more energy than you need for the room. You’ll find yourself getting up way too often to turn it off, creating more work for you.

A heater that’s too small will run continuously and never heat the room enough. You’ll waste all of that energy on an inefficient heating solution.

If you’re going to invest in a heater for your small room, make sure you get the right size, and make sure you place it where it will be most effective. If you want it to heat the entire room, place it in the corner and turn on the oscillate feature.

If you’re heating an office or a reading area where only one person sits at a time, place it near where you would normally sit to keep you warm.

It’s also important to consider the features of your heater, like a timer or a remote control. You can help control your energy usage by purchasing an Energy Star product, but you can also set the timer so if you forget to turn it off when you leave the room, it will turn off automatically.

Heaters with remotes make it easy for you to control your usage without getting up. If you get too hot or too cold, you can adjust accordingly to reduce your energy consumption and only use energy when you need it.

The Verdict

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Heating your small room doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. There are plenty of great solutions out there for you to try. If you take the proper steps to seal off your room and insulate it well, any type of heating solution will work for you.

Often it takes a combination of these various methods to find what works best. Rather than continuing to lose all of the heat you pump into your room all day every day, consider doing some things that will help your heating solution be more efficient.