Space Heaters - Features and Safety
At this time, when hot and humid weather is pretty much behind us, we concentrate much more on spending time inside, surrounded by family and a warm environment. And, as it's the middle of winter, there will eventually be a chance in which we might need additional heat in some rooms such as our home office or bedroom to produce the adequate indoor temperature. Space heaters are just the right appliance that help us do so.
Space heaters are designed to keep the room warm during the cold, long winter months. Although, it’s advised to be careful while purchasing your perfect heater. Since heaters are produced to have various heating capacities, you want to get that perfect one for yourself, according to the magnitude of space you would like to heat.
Also, these heaters come in a wide variety of designs. What you need to do is pay attention to find one that will look nice and not detract from your home/office décor.
Space heaters mostly use electricity to warm the heating unit. Gas space heaters require ventilation and are most commonly used in workshops and garages. Electric heaters mostly come in options up to 1,500 watts (keep in mind that a 1,500 watt heater, producing 5,100 BTUs can heat 150 square feet indoor space). You should also consider some features like auto shut-off, over-heating protection, digital display and controls, as well as the remote so you can control the heating from across the room.
For every appliance that uses heat, it’s advised to take certain safety measurements and precaution. As with every other appliance, space heaters provide a manual, however, we’d like to give you a few general tips to have in mind before the actual purchase:
- Space heaters are flaming hot! Sofas, beds, curtains, clothes, paper and similar materials should be kept at least three feet away from any side of the heater to avoid causing open flame.
- They need a flat surface that is stable. Make sure your heater cannot be knocked over.
- Never keep your space heater on while sleeping or unattended.
- To reduce the risk of open fires, never use the extension cords or power strips.
- Try to frequently check the heater parts such as the plug, cord, wall outlet and faceplate if they’re hot. If so, have them inspected by a professional.
- Keep your children or pets away from the heater.
- Check for worn or frayed wires. Do not use the heater if any damages are discovered.
- It’s advised to have working smoke detectors on any level of your home.
- When buying a space heater, search for a safety certification from a reliable source, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
Make sure you have these safety measures in mind when you purchase your new space heater. As space heaters cause 43% of home heating fires in the country, it is of utmost importance to take the safety measures seriously and will then be able to enjoy your lovely and comfortable stay at home during the upcoming cold months.