How Space Heaters Helped Us Get Through Freezing Temps

thermostatRegardless of where you are in the country, you’re probably pretty cold at this point. Very few of us here in Atlanta were prepared for the 6 degree temperature we woke up to earlier this week. On top of that, the central heat in our office is having major issues, leaving us less than toasty at our desks. Luckily, we have a warehouse full of heaters onsite.

We scattered a few space heaters around the coldest parts of the office, and good news: They really helped! Check out how we used different heaters and my suggestions based on our experience. You may want to consider getting one—as we learned, you never know when a crazy cold front (or the Polar Vortex) will wreak havoc on your day.

For Offices or Small Conference Rooms

Our offices and conference rooms got the coldest—being cut off from the rest of the office space and full of windows, they were pretty frigid. We used the Vornado TVH600Vornado Touchstone Vortex Heater in a small conference room and a few offices. This one impressed me a lot because its fan really pushed warm air around the space. Capable of heating rooms up to 16 X 16 feet, it also comes with tons of cool features. A thermostatic remote control actually senses the temperature around it to ensure an even room temperature is maintained. You can also set your exact room temperature with this one (while a lot of space heaters only let you pick a low or high heat setting). The Vortex TVH-600 also has a programmable timer, an LCD screen, and various safety features.

This one is a great buy! Of all the heaters we used, this one stuck out to me. It quickly heats entire rooms and worked really well in offices and conference rooms. I would suggest buying one for any room needing additional heat.  Read more about the Vornado Touchstone Vortex or watch the video below for more information.


For Open Office Space

honeywell-hz-817-lgWe used the Honeywell Whole Room Baseboard Heater in the middle of our office, which houses a set of 4 cubicles. We just plugged it in, turned the manual knob and let it run throughout the day. I quickly noticed a few things:

–It warmed the space very well. In fact, we turned it off for a while in the afternoon because we were adequately warm.

–We plugged it in right next to a shared printer and didn’t even notice it. Its low-profile design and (literally) silent operation was perfect for an office. I get distracted by just about anything in the office, so I was most impressed with how quiet it was.

This is a great heater for offices or bedrooms where you want quiet, consistent heat. It didn’t take long to warm our space either. To learn more about this “Best Buy” heater, check out the Honeywell HZ-817 product page on our site.

For Personal Use/Cubicles

QMark Under Desk HeaterI keep a small heater under my desk all year, since I get cold in the office a lot. I use the QMark Radiant Under Desk Heater, and I definitely needed it while our central heat was acting up. It’s a no-fuss heater without a ton of bells and whistles, which is exactly what I needed. I just turned it on and could feel the warmth pretty quickly. Since it uses radiant heat, there isn’t a fan to help warm entire rooms. But it kept me warm while I worked and I didn’t hear a thing from it all day. Even better, it costs just pennies an hour to run.

It’s affordable, lightweight, and silent while operating. This QMark space heater won’t heat your whole room, but it keeps your immediate surroundings warm. Definitely a good choice for a cubicle or under your desk at the office. To learn more about this particular heater, read our full write-up on it here.

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