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House Sense: Electric Heaters



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With the cost and hassle of replacing central heat, a lot of people are investing in space heaters.

Whole-Room vs. Personal Heater: Select the Right One.

An electric space heater that is too large for an area will consume lots of energy and lead to higher utility bills. Buying a portable heater rated for a small space and expecting it to cover a large area will make it work harder to heat the space.


Tip-Over Protection
A heater with a tip-over or tilt-over switch will automatically shut off if tipped over for any reason.


Pick the Right Place
Install at least 3 feet away from furniture, window treatments, bedding, clothing, rugs, and other combustibles.


Directly Plug into an Outlet
Sufficient power capacity is required. An extension cord increases the chance of overheating.


Regularly Inspect and Maintain Your Purchase
Frequently clean and maintain the heater to ensure safety. Wipe down the heater to reduce the amount of dust and allergens that may be dispersed.


Shut Off and Unplug
When leaving an area, disconnect the portable space heater or buy one with an automatic programmable timer.


Keep Heaters Away From Water
Refrain from running a heater in a bathroom or a humid basement. Moreover, do not touch the heater if you are wet or have wet hands, as this increases the risk of electrical shock.



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