Electric and Gas-powered Heaters
Four basic types of space heater are available on the market. Each is best suited to certain applications, although all provide heat and can be used for a variety of heating requirements.
An electric fireplace is a type of space heater that lends a decorative element to a room and emulates the ambience of a traditional fireplace.
Many space heaters need to be properly vented, and when this is the case it's important that the heater and flue are professionally installed according to local codes. Space heaters that aren't properly vented can cause carbon monoxide or nitrogen dioxide to leak into the air, resulting in serious — sometimes fatal — health effects.
Regardless of what kind of heater you choose, you'll want to ensure its safe use. First of all, make sure that any heater you choose has been tested and approved by a recognized testing laboratory. Not only will this ensure that the heater you buy meets certain safety standards, but also that proper use and care information is included with your space heater product.
To avoid burns and ensure the safety of children and pets, make sure the heater you select has a guard around the flame area or heating element. You'll also want to make sure that the heater you choose is the correct size for the area you're heating. Heaters that are too small won't provide adequate heat, while heaters that are too large can deposit excessive pollutants into the surrounding air.
Be sure your home has at least one smoke alarm on each floor, and outside of the bedrooms. A carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher are also necessary to have in the vicinity of your space heater.
SpaceHeaters.us features a convenient directory of popular space heater dealers, manufacturers, and consumer information where you can shop, compare specifications, and read about heater safety. Once again, remember that space heaters can be hazardous if not operated and maintained correctly.
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