What You'll Learn
A few years ago, we began to notice two closely related trends. First, each season's heating bill was significantly higher than the previous season's. Second, huge pyramid displays of portable space heaters began to appear in home centers, discount stores, appliances stores, and even chain drug stores. Most of us know how good heat from one of these small appliances feels when it's sitting a few feet away. But portable heaters raise a number of questions as well. Among them: Do portable space heaters actually reduce overall energy bills? And, given how hot they get, are they truly safe? We decided to investigate.