In an effort to save money on heating their homes, many people have started using portable heaters to provide direct warmth two rooms in their home. Now, while they seem to be energy efficient and economical, you should take precautions before beginning to use one. Here are a few things everyone should know about portable heaters.
Buy the right size.
Portable heaters are usually designed to warm small areas, not large rooms. However, if you buy one that is too small, it will overwork itself and use even more energy, costing you more money. Before purchasing one, make sure you’re buying the right size for the right room.
Look for every safety feature possible.
Portable heaters aren’t always the safest way to heat your home. Make sure you find one that has tip-over and overheating protection. This way, if it gets knocked over or becomes too hot, it will turn off and eliminate the risk of starting a fire.
Be careful with their placement.
The general rule of thumb is to keep portable heaters at least 3 feet away from furniture, window treatments, and anything else that could catch fire. Most importantly, never put anything on top of the heater, no matter what material it’s made of.
Maintain the heater.
Once in a while, inspect the wire coming from your heater to make sure it’s not frayed or damaged. You should also wipe down the heater every so often to reduce the amount of dust particles that attached to it.
When it comes to keeping your home comfortable and safe, let the experts at Air Treatment Company help. We offer HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance, as well as whole home air purifiers to keep you and your family breathing easily. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at (703) 270-0881.