How to add heat to a room without changing your central system

Sierra, right, owns and operates a small business out of her 3,000-square-foot home in Happy Valley, Oregon. She turned to Cadet to find a way to keep that room comfortable, while lowering the overall temperature in the rest of her home to save energy and money.

Would it make sense to only have one light switch that turns all the lights in your home on or off at once? How about heating all of a 3,000-square-foot home just to keep one room comfortable?

That’s exactly the situation Sierra from Happy Valley, Oregon found herself in because of her central heating system.

Sierra runs a small business out of the den in her home. During the day, she’s the only one at home. That means she’s heating the entire home just to keep her den comfortable. It’s not exactly practical and has a big impact on her heating bill.

Lucky for Sierra, she ended up finding a solution where she could keep her central system and add a little extra heat in one room.

before photo
Before: Sierra wasn’t able to use an old wall heater in her office because it was blocked by a bookshelf.

Home heating vs room heating

Sierra’s den had an old electric heater low on the wall that was disconnected from power. That heater — if it wasn’t blocked by furniture — could be used to heat the den independently of the central system. That means Sierra could lower the overall temperature in her home to save energy and use the electric heater to keep her den at a more comfortable temperature.

Sierra needed to find a new electric heater that wouldn’t take up valuable wall space near the floor and would work with her furniture layout, not dictate the feel and the flow of the room.

Apex72 electric wall heater
Sierra, a business owner in Happy Valley, OR used the Apex72 electric wall heater to heat her home office, while lowering the central heat when no one else is home.

Cold room solution

After talking with Cadet’s Tech Support team, Sierra decided to take advantage of the unused vertical wall space above her furniture and install the Apex72 electric wall heater. The heater is specifically designed to be installed 6 feet above the floor and circulate warm air throughout the room.

Sierra has done a little electrical work herself, but not enough to take on a major project like this, so she turned to Prairie Electric, a local electrical contractor, to do the installation of the heater. And because there was an old electric heater in the room, Prairie was able to quickly upgrade to the new heater by using the old power cables running to the heater and thermostat.

Now her office is warm and inviting, and in the end, Sierra was happy with how it turned out.

“I love the low profile, and how easy it is to use,” she said.

Emily Titchenal

Emily Titchenal

When it comes to her favorite movie, “Jurassic Park,” Emily spared no expense, picking up multiple copies if each of the films in the series. When she’s not reading the classics, hanging out with bodybuilders, this Communications major from Central Washington University is busy pinning, tweeting, liking, regramming, following and taking care of @CadetHeat’s multiple #socialmedia channels.

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