How Much Electricity Does It Take to Run a Space Heater?

If you live in a cold climate or have long, harsh winters, a space heater can be a godsend. A lot of people think this type of heater uses up too much electricity and are afraid it might drive up their utility bills, but this simply isn’t true. Ask any electrician and they’ll tell you that a space heater is a great way to save money on your electric bills since it only heats up the space that you’re in. But how much electricity does a space heater actually consume? Here, Bailey & Shipp Electric tells you what you need to know about space heaters. 

How Much Electricity Does a Space Heater Use?

To answer this question, you must first find out the wattage of the space heater you currently have or are looking into buying. This information is usually printed on the heater itself or can be found in the owner’s manual.

The wattage of your electric space heater will determine how much electricity it will consume per hour.

Most electrical contractors recommend heaters that are rated at 1,500 watts, but there are some that go as low as 200 watts. There are also other models that go as high as 5,000 watts. Needless to say, the size of the room you want to heat will determine the amount of wattage you need. A typical 1,500-watt model can comfortably heat a room that has an area of 150 square feet, and a heater that’s rated at 5,000 watts should be enough to warm up an area that’s over 400 square feet. 

If you’re ready to purchase your first space heater, give the trusted residential and commercial electrical contractors at Bailey & Shipp Electric a call at (410) 457-3507, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We expertly service the areas in and around Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, VA.