If you are new to Spain or just moved to a new place, which is colder than you are used to, then you may want a heater (estufa). Yes, Costa Tropical has a mild winter, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t cold. Mild means we don’t have 2 feet of snow and the temp doesn’t drop below zero. No matter what, just having a cup of hot chocolate doesn’t always do the trick. Sometimes you need a little more to help keep you warm.
For those who may live in the city center or back in a canyon where the winter sun is limited, it can feel really cold. When talking of “cold” we are referring to lows of around 5-10 Degrees Celsius at night, during the winter months. This isn’t exactly freezing like other parts of Europe, but is enough to make you feel chilly. Especially in the early morning and evening times when you step onto that cold tile floor. This is because the majority of houses in Spain don’t have insulated walls, and possibly no double glazed windows or central heating. The direction your home faces, will also play a key factor in its general temperature, determined by the amount of natural sunlight received. South facing homes tend to be warmer and North East facing homes colder, as they receive less sunshine.
What should you look for?
So if you don’t want to be bundled in several blankets and wearing slippers, mittens and scarves around the house, you may want to get a portable heater. This way you can heat up your home a bit and we have researched some of the best heaters available online. There are many different types of portable heaters available to you, from electric heaters, to heaters with fans, estufa de pellets (heater with pellets), estufa de gas (heater with gas). When you are doing your search in Spain look for an estufa. Estufa is the term used for heater and you are likely to have more results return, searching with that word. Just to make things easier for you, we have done the searching and have our results below!
Heaters with gas – Estufas de Gas
These are portable heaters with a housing to hold a bottle of gas. Often in Spain it is a bottle of butane and called and estufa de butano. When recommending a portable heater, the estufa de gas is what we recommend. This is what we have and like to use, as it is easy and very cost-effective. I bottle of butane is only about 16 euros and will usually last the entire winter. So it is worth the investment for the heater. Click on each image below to view pricing and info. These are the highest rated available on Amazon Spain. Click on the title or the photo for more information.
Heaters with pellets – Estufas de pellets
A heater that is fueled with pellets can also be very economic for you and really put out the heat. The heater itself can be quite an investment, but they last. Once you own the heater, you just need to buy the pellets and you are all set. More information on pellet stoves or heaters.
Portable electric heater – Estufas Electricas
Okay now we are getting into the electric space heaters with fans and without. These tend to be lower cost for the unit, but look out for that electric bill! It can really add up if you aren’t careful. These are great as you can easily move them around the home to heat the room you are in. They often heat up very quickly and are easy to find out shopping.
Caution! As with all heating devices, please take caution with any heater around kids and pets. Do not leave them on when you are not home. Stay safe.
Enjoy the season!
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