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Space heaters can be quite convenient for heating a small space in a house or building, particularly in older buildings where the central heating system might not provide sufficient heat for the entire structure.

But, while space heaters can provide easy, convenient warmth, they can be safety hazards and must be used with caution.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 25,000 house fires associated with the use of space heaters every year.

If you are considering purchasing a space heater, you’ll want to consider the hazards­ – and the safer alternatives – before making a decision.

Three Hazards Of Space Heaters

There are a variety of hazards that space heaters can present, including the following:

  1. Falling Over – Many space heaters are designed in a way that makes it relatively easy to knock them over (tall and thin). The electrical chords can present a tripping hazard, and knocking over a space heater can not only cause burns but also start a fire. If you are purchasing one, make sure to look for model that has a “tip over auto-shut off” feature.
  1. Overheating – Some types of space heaters are more prone to overheating than others. If you have a combustion or kerosene-powered space heater, use extra caution, as it could present a serious hazard.
  1. Fire – Space heaters can become quite hot during operation and can easily cause fires by making certain nearby objects get hot and catch fire themselves. Make sure that there are no flammable objects within three feet of your heater when it is turned on.

Alternatives To Using A Space Heater

Considering the hazards of space heaters, you might want to investigate other heating alternatives. If you live in an older, drafty house or maybe a newer house that experiences certain cold spots, it’s a good investment to have a licensed heating and cooling expert inspect your heating system. There can be many reasons why your heating system may not be performing up to par, and a knowledgeable heating and cooling expert can diagnose the issue for you and suggest methods for improving your home’s heating circulation.

At Simply the Best Heating & Cooling, we are here to help you determine the best solution for your heating needs. It may be that a space heater would be a good option for your home, but before you run out to the store, call us to schedule a consultation and discover how we can make your heating system work for you!