27 Oct '14, 11am

Is it better to crank up the thermostat or buy a space heater?

Is it better to crank up the thermostat or buy a space heater?

Q. When trying to boost the comfort and winter warmth in my home, is it better to turn down the thermostat and place a space heater in the room we are using, or should I just turn up the thermostat? If a space heater is the answer, what kind is best? We live in a 100-plus-year-old home with a forced air gas furnace. When it was installed in 2005 it was a high efficiency model. Anna Tacoma, Wash. A. Dearest Anna, For me, the surest sign of the change of seasons isn’t the proliferation of pumpkins at the grocery store or neighborhood leaves gone scarlet and gold. It’s the sharp increase in questions about home heating that flow into my inbox like steam filling a radiator’s coils. I’d know winter was coming even if I camped out in this basement office 24/7. So, what’s the best stay-toasty strategy? I am obligated to start with the disclaimer that it’s tough to give a precise ...

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