Having a space heater is one of those things that just comes hand in hand with living up north. Unless your home has HVAC zone controls in every room, you’ll probably want a space heater to keep your area of the house a little warmer. Then even if you do have zone control, like I do, you may want the additional assistance of the space heaters to save money on your home heating bill. Since my old farmhouse runs on an oil boiler, the central heater costs a lot more to run than say an electric heater does. Oil can be incredibly expensive, and the price only goes up the further we get into winter. However, winters are incredibly long this far north, so often you’ll need to fuel up again before the spring comes. In order to prolong my need to do so, I bought an incredibly nice space heater. You can get cheaper models for about $40, but with these types you will get what you pay for. Not all space heaters are created equal. Some are older types called a quartz coil, which tend to look like giant toasters, heating coils on the inside that warm up and make hot air. These are often hot to the touch and can be fairly dangerous, so it is important to read the safety labels with care. If you want a top dollar space heater, go for infrared. Infrared space heaters are cool to the touch and work to heat up living things, not just make hot air. For this reason, they work far more efficiently than coil space heaters. An infrared electric heater can keep you nice and cozy, while saving money on your utility bill.