I live in an apt (in an 8 story bldg) that has baseboard heating. It also has a through the wall HVAC unit in the living/dining/kitchen area and another one in the bedroom. The HVAC units have dedicated 3 pronged 240v outlets, with one of the flat prongs at a different angle than the other flat prong.
Heat (for the baseboard heat only) is included in my rent. But, the baseboard heat isn't doing a good enough job for me. If I use the HVAC unit, I have to pay for any extra electrical use, plus it doesn't heat up the area that much. The HVAC units' purpose is for air conditioning in the summer, not for heat in the winter, according to the unit owner (I live in a building of 90% condo owned units, about 10% are rentals).
I plugged in a 4-yr old Holmes small space heater to try to keep warm. Whenever the space heater would go on, my living/kitchen/dining area lights would dim for a few seconds and then go back to normal. The space heater doesn't have a fan--it's radiates heat only in one direction. Based upon the space heaters I've seen in the stores, mine is about 1300-1500 watts.
I stopped using the space heater, afraid I'd blow a fuse.
I want to purchase one of those oil-filled or water-filled radiant electric heaters. But they are 1300-1500 watts.
Would using one of those have the same effect on my lights?
Are 240v to 120v adapters/transformers sold in which I could unplug the HVAC unit and use an adapter of some sort that would allow me to plug in the new electric radiator into the HVAC's outlet? I'd thought this would be a good idea, if possible, because I read that the HVAC unit is pulling about 2500 watts when it's running heat. Since the electric radiator would pull about 1500 watts, my electric bill would be lower if I could use that.
Any help would be appreciated.