Winter is here, which means cold weather is upon us. In addition to their home’s heating system, many homeowners like to find extra heat sources to ensure they stay warm. Space heaters are a popular option and can be a great way to keep warm, but they can also be dangerous if not used correctly. In this blog post, Intelligent Air Services, LLC will discuss some of the dangers of space heaters and give tips on staying safe while using them.
Never Leave Your Space Heater Unattended
First, you should never leave a space heater unattended. Make sure to turn off the heater when leaving the room or going to bed. Additionally, keep the space heater away from flammable objects such as beds and carpets. Placing the heater on a hard surface like tile or concrete will also help prevent fires.
Keep Children and Pets Away from the Space Heater
Be sure to keep children and pets away from your space heater. Not only can they be burned by touching the heater, but they may accidentally knock it over and cause a fire. If you have small children in your house, make sure to place the space heater out of their reach.
Do Not Use Extension Cords
Don’t use an extension cord to turn on your space heater, as this can cause the cord to overheat and start a fire. Plug your space heater directly into the outlet on your wall.
Do Not Use a Space Heater as Your Main Source of Heat
Space heaters are meant to provide heat in addition to your heating system but should never be relied on as your primary source of heat. Space heaters use a good amount of energy, so you might see the consequences in your next electric bill if you're overusing it.
Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions
Finally, always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions when using your space heater. Each model will have specific safety instructions, so be sure to read and understand them before use.
Space heaters can be a great way to stay warm during the winter months, but you should always make sure that you follow safety precautions. Following these tips can keep yourself and your family safe this winter season!
If you have any questions about your current heating system or need to schedule repairs, contact our team at (512) 675-6997 or fill out our online contact form to speak with one of our technicians today.