Gas space heaters can be an effective means of warming a room without incurring expensive electric bills. Not only do they operate independently of your home's electrical system but they also reduce the work load of your home's original heater. When the two units are combined, the space heater enhances overall production thereby creating a comfortable environment for you and your family.

A home's standard heating unit usually functions by heating the entire house, which can be less effective and frightfully expensive. Gas space heaters can save the day by providing that extra heat to keep you warm with or without running your home's original unit.

Gas space heaters are usually powered by liquid propane (LP) or your home's natural gas line. They usually range from about 25,000 to 65,000 BTUs per hour, but vary from model to model.

Gas space heaters can come in a variety of forms and either be a wall unit installed by a HVAC licensed professional or incorporate a more portable design with easier installation. However, in less your model specifically states that it does not need to be installed by a professional; one should consult with a licensed professional and not attempt installation by themselves.

Gas space heaters can be either vented or unvented. Unvented units require a large ventilated area to reduce risk of fumes. Vented models are usually safer and highly recommended. Wall units incorporate the use of outside air which can increase both effectiveness and safety.

Gas space heaters can function by convection or infrared.

Convection units heat a liquid and then use a fan to disperse the air into a room. Infrared units work by heating objects in a room directly. Their range is usually one of the main differences. Both are highly effective designs, it really just depends on your preference and needs.

Newer gas space heaters are the most reliable and safest. One should highly consider upgrading to a newer unit because older heaters pose greater risks.

To minimize risks, one should ensure that there is proper ventilation and isolate units from all objects especially flammable ones. Leaving a heater on while no one is monitoring it is one of the largest causes of fires related to these machines. So only use while one is in the room and be sure that everything is turned off and all operation has ceased before leaving. Also, choosing a model with extensive safety systems is always highly recommended. Of course, these features vary depending on manufacturer and model yet common ones include oxygen sensors to reduce the risk of fume build up, sensors to cease operation if items are located in close proximity to the heater, and tip over devices that automatically shut down the machine if it is accidentally knocked over.

In all, gas space heaters are a very cost effective means to achieving a pleasant environment within your home and can be safe as long as the proper precautions are consistently followed.