The recent cold snap we have been experiencing brings to mind the usefulness of the humble space heater. Although the space heater often gets a bad rap, it can actually represent a good option for taking the edge off the winter chill when used correctly. Here are some tips about how to safely use a space heater and when it’s a good choice:
- Are you heating a whole house when the family is concentrated in the living room? Turn down the central heat and use a modern space heater rather than heat the empty rooms.
- A space heater can be a wise choice when you live in an un-insulated or poorly insulated home.
- Avoid un-vented combustion space heaters. Instead, look for electric space heaters, preferably with a fan to circulate the hot air.
- Never plug a space heater into an extension cord.
- Maintain three feet of clear space around the heater in all directions. Be aware of loose rugs, blankets, or other potentially flammable objects nearby.
- Unplug your space heater when no one is around to keep an eye on it.
- Do not use a space heater in a damp room (i.e. bathroom!) unless it is specifically designed for outdoor or bathroom use.
- Don’t hide the space heater electrical cord where it might get torn or degraded under foot. Run it where it is visible, but does not create a tripping hazard.
If you’re shopping for a space heater, consider this handy Consumer Reports buying guide: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/space-heaters/buying-guide.htm
By the way: Heating and cooling a large home after the kids have moved out can be a waste of your retirement dollars. If you’re thinking it might be time to downsize (or rightsize!) your home, get in touch today: (914) 374-8354