How much does it cost us to have the heater on while we watch a movie or a football game?


The coldest time of the year arrives and with it the ‘weekends’ of movies and blankets. The winter months are accompanied by long afternoons sitting on the sofa at home watching series, football matches or any entertainment program. And although we spend less on going out, the electricity and gas bills skyrocketso it is interesting to know how much does it cost us to heat the living room or room with the typical heater that we all have to avoid turning on the heating of the whole house from the first days of cold.

The OCU has prepared a report detailing the price of having a heater on for an hour. They point out that this type of heaters “consume electricity to heat and they all have, more or less, the same performance, close to 100%. That is return practically all the energy they consume converted into heat” But “they differ in the way they distribute that heat, in the power they demand and in their price.”

The advantages of small heaters is that they are cheap, we can find them from just over 20 euros, and they are easy to move from one place to another. And the main thing, they heat a small space in just a few minutes. On the contrary, they are noisy devices and whose heat is not distributed well, so the room cools down quickly when turned off. And what matters most to us in this case, they have a high electrical consumption, which means 46 cents every hour they are on.

Two hours on, 92 cents on the electricity bill

That is, if we have the heater on for the two hours that it usually lasts a movie and a football match, the cost of the heater is a little less than a euro, a fairly high cost if we do it regularly. That is why these devices are designed for specific moments, second homes or similar.

Other systems that are used with similar functions are the convectors, which emit hot air, but they are larger (they look like a radiator) and also consume 46 cents per hour. In the case of halogen stoves that distribute heat by infrared radiation are somewhat cheaper, about 27 cents an hour, but they heat less. And the most expensive are the oil radiatorswhich are heated through some resistances that are inside and that spend almost 60 cents per hour.

The most and least economical heating systems

The most economical system, according to the OCU, are the air conditioning splits as long as we use them correctly, that is, turning them on in each room when it is not empty. The report indicates that “they are very efficient, for every kWh hour they consume of electricity they provide 4 kWh of heat. Despite the high price of electricity, this allows them to be very economical, one€455 per year”. Although it is true that its installation has a very high cost.

They are followed by pellet stoves, a system that distributes hot air through a circuit that reaches the rooms of the house. Although it is true that you have to have space at home to be able to store the bags. In contrast, the least efficient systems are electric radiators, which can increase the annual electricity bill by more than 2,000 euros if they are used on a recurring basis to heat a 150-square-meter house, according to


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