Now that the kids are back in school and the leaves are changing color,
even a hot cup of your favorite Starbucks beverage can’t get the
chill out. But if the sight of your
electric bill in the winter sends shivers down your spine, you may be interested
in using a portable heater to warm up individual rooms instead of relying
on the furnace.
People tend to use space heaters when their home heating system is inadequate,
or when it costs too much to operate their furnace. Sometimes, a household
can save money with space heaters if they only want to heat one room or
if they need to supplement because there’s insufficient heating
in one particular room in the house.
Space heaters can also raise the temperature in just one room when an individual,
especially an elderly person is sensitive to the cold but the rest of
the household does not want the rest of the house to be warmer. In other
words, the temperature in one room can be boosted without overheating
the whole house.
Portable space heaters are generally run on electricity, but some units
use propane or natural gas. With all space heaters, safety is a top concern
because they are known to contribute to the cause of residential fires.
“While only 32 percent of home heating fires involve space heaters,
they are involved in 79 percent of home heating fire deaths, according
to a new report
Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment,” says the
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
The NFPA found that the leading factor that contributes to space heater
fires was heating equipment being placed too close to things that could
burn, such as mattresses, couches, clothing, and blankets. When using
a space heater, follow these
- Only purchase newer models equipped with the latest safety features. Avoid
buying them at second-hand stores.
- When you buy a space heater, make sure it has the Underwriter’s Laboratory
- Use heaters with thermostats because they cut down on energy usage. They
also prevent overheating a room.
- When selecting a heater for a room, make sure it’s the right size
for that particular space. Don’t go too big.
- Place the heater on the ground, away from where people will be walking.
- Keep the heater away from pets and especially children.
- Plug electric space heaters directly into a wall outlet. If you have to
use an extension cord, use a heavy-duty model with the shortest possible cord.
- Keep the space heater away from beds, bedding, clothing, and other flammable
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