Buying a heater

@911Ricki (13602)
Canada
January 24, 2013 5:06pm CST
My room doesn't have any heat in it, the stove is in the basmenet but never hits my room. So my room is cold at night. My parents always say no heater takes up too much room, or hydro, you will burn the house down. So I snuggle with all my covers, well Marco was sneezing today, and I am not sure if this is with the cold or not. But here my parents kept going on saying buy a heating to heat my room. The fact they said no, and whined about it when I said something now, they keep whining about getting one.
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16 responses
• United States
24 Jan 13
You shouldn't have to stay in an ice cold room. No reason why a small heater shouldn't be allowed at least to take off the chill. I had a tiny heater when I was a kid, and it was turned off before I went to bed. It did help though so I wasn't freezing. That's awful.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
24 Jan 13
I had one in college, but they took it away when I came back home (yep that's right). It was tall and thin, and had a safety feature. I would turn it on for a half hour before bed, to heat the room, then with the door closed it stayed in. Even now they whine about it, so I have about 5 covers, and a microwavable heaiting pad.
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• United States
24 Jan 13
I just can't wait until you move. And I'm sure you can't wait either. I think those discussions will be so much fun with you in your new home. There is always something to talk about and we'll all be excited for you.
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@LaDeBoheme (1989)
• United States
25 Jan 13
That's crazy. Space heaters don't take up any room and no, with all the safety features today, they don't burn down houses. I have central heat, but I still use heaters to augment those really chilly days. Especially in the bathroom. I hate cold bathrooms, particularly when taking a shower. Heaters will usually turn off if they overheat and most of them have thermostats. But barring that, have you considered an electric blanket, or even better, an electric mattress pad? I have the latter and I love it. No cold sheets or heavy blankets for me -- just a toasty-warm, snuggly bed.
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@BarBaraPrz (20534)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
25 Jan 13
I was going to suggest an electric blanket, or even just a heating pad.
• India
26 Jan 13
Hi friend, your parents suggestion is good, there is nothing wrong in buying a heater, as you mentioned your room is cool and you got sneeze, i think it is due to the coolness and you are in need to buy a good heater for your room to solve this cold problem
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
25 Jan 13
You know to be honest it's your health and the health of your animals that matter, not what your parents think. You pay rent and I am sure if you had to pay a little extra to be sure your room was warm then you would. Though while they are your parents, they do have a rental agreement with you, whether it be all formal or just unwritten, it's still an agreement and they can't just leave you in the cold. Blankets are great but it does take a lot of blankets to keep oneself warm in the cold, and the animals can't just have a blanket in their cages.
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• United States
25 Jan 13
I don't know how you have survived in the 'tundra' without one. My gosh! I live in Georgia and we are using heat. We also have an Amish electric heater for the sun room. It has an LCD screen that looks like fireplace flames. My room is well heated. I could not sleep without it. I have 2 comforters on the bed even with the heat. We keep the heat on 68 to keep the bill down, so I make sure I have long sleeves on.
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@vivek19 (219)
• India
25 Jan 13
I don't use a heater even it is bloody cold because using heater is not good for health because it's not a natural source of heat. Better i use to get heat from fire produced from wood and use it on my terrace because there are chances of fire in house. You should also prefer to fire from wood.
• Canada
25 Jan 13
Do you have a Factory Direct or XS Cargo store anywhere near you? Tell your parents that you can get a parabolic heater that uses less electricity than a standard heater does. You can get heaters that use up to 800 watts of electricity vs a standard heater that uses 1500 watts. Or tell them to sign up with Canada Energy Wholesalers and get a flat electricity rate for 5 years. In Toronto, they raise the electricity rates every 6 months, so I know I made the right choice when I signed on for a 5 year contract with them. Our 3000 kw hours of electricity use per month would cost over $400 with Toronto Hydro, but with the wholesaler, it costs us less than $200/month and that's with using heaters, vaporizers and other electric options. But we have gas heating.
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@youless (93111)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jan 13
I know how hard it is to suffer the cold weather at home. Here there is no heat system in the building. So it is very suffering at home when it is cold in the winter. Usually I will use an electrical warmer to make myself warm. Although it is not as comfortable as the central heating system, but at least it can be a little helpful for me.
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• United States
25 Jan 13
You are paying rent to live there. You have every right to have a heat in your room. You put up with a lot of garbage from your family, and I'm really not certain why you do so. You are paying them rent, but you could be splitting rent with a friend somewhere else and not have people in your business all of the time. No, having a housemate or two isn't ideal, but I don't think that it could possibly be as much of a hassle as dealing with your family. Of course, at this point, I guess staying and suffering until you buy your place probably makes more sense--at least, if we are talking a matter of months. If it's 10+ months, though, it may be worth going and splitting a rental house or apartment with a friend elsewhere.
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@kingparker (9698)
• United States
25 Jan 13
Well during this winter time, my parents only turn on the heater once as I remember it. Now, I got a portal heater in my room, and they got their own heater. Whenever the weather is cold, especially during the early morning, or night time, I would turn on it. As matter of fact, I am turning on the heater right now while I am moylotting here. You just gotta do what you gotta do. It is cold, and I am want to get sick.
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@brain18 (11)
• India
25 Jan 13
we have halogen light heater,you can try for that.
• India
25 Jan 13
hi, i thought to respond with an idea but now after reading all the responses i think i m not enough qualified to advise you. In fact I am from india and here in my country, we dont need room heaters. Anyway, get a better solution soon.
@urbandekay (18312)
25 Jan 13
cut a hole in the floor all the best, urban
• United States
25 Jan 13
I would just buy me a small electric heater and put it in my room theres no reason to be cold thats ridiculous.
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
25 Jan 13
great idea,.... I have this oil heater in my bedroom. Sometimes heats to good. And I have to shut it off in the middle of the night. Hope you find a good one there. Stay warm........
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
25 Jan 13
That is just ridiculous! You should not have to sleep in a cold room. I am sure the 5 blankets help, but you should not have to bundle up like that just to keep from freezing. Sneak in an electric blanket or something!!