Do you know how to safely operate your space heater?
Are you using an electric space heater to compensate for cold spots in your home? Cold spots can be a drag for comfort. You invested in a quality heating system, you shouldn’t HAVE to deal with uneven temperatures.
Uneven temperatures can be caused by a lot of things. They could be due to duct placement, drafty windows and doors, number of windows, where the room is located,etc. This is when a space heater may come into play. These can be great TEMPORARY solutions, but you also have to exercise caution. Space heaters can consume a lot of energy, and they can become a danger to your home if left unattended.
While a space heater can be a good temporary fix, there are more permanent, safer solutions that you should look into. If you are using a space heater as a temporary solution, here are some things to keep in mind.
- Make sure you have a least three feet of clearance around the unit.
- Never leave it unattended.
- Keep it out of the reach of children and pets – it gets hot!
- Invest in a newer model that includes safety features.
- Do not leave flammable materials around the heater.
- Plug it directly into the wall.
The best way to deal with uneven temperatures is to invest in energy-efficient windows, a zoning system and/or a variable-speed HVAC system. These are more permanent solutions, AND you won’t have to deal with safety issues mentioned before. If you are interested in upgrading your comfort game, make sure you talk to your local heating and cooling contractor!
Are you planning on making an HVAC upgrade to eliminate uneven temperatures?