Some homeowners attempt to save money on home heating by using one or more space heaters in their home, rather than relying on central heat.
However, space heaters are riskier, leading to more fires and consequently more deaths and losses of property than central heating units, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Dangers of Space Heaters
Many people are aware that they must keep any combustible items, such as curtains, clothing or furniture, at least three feet away from a space heater. But we all know life happens. In a busy day, a bag of groceries or pile of laundry could be hastily placed too close to a space heater and forgotten, or your children or pets could accidentally bump a space heater closer to an ignition source. So even well-meaning, safety-conscious people can fall victim to a house fire caused by a space heater.
Because space heaters are not the most efficient way to heat a room, many people place their space heater too close to their bed to stay warm at night and inadvertently put themselves at risk of a fire.
While central heat is a safer way to heat your home, it’s still important to ensure your furnace is in good working condition. You can gain peace of mind by scheduling regular inspections and hiring a professional to make any necessary repairs. We recommend that homeowners replace an old, malfunctioning heating system with a modern heating system that’s not only more efficient, but also safer for you and your family.
Choose Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning
At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star home comfort systems. Looking for a Seattle furnace, thermostat or other climate control products? We are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the products to keep your home the perfect temperature all year long. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.
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