Using a Space Heater in Your Home: Is it Dangerous?

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Plenty of people in Eastern North Carolina rely on a space heater for spot heating, and as long as it’s used with caution, it can be safe. However, of all the ways of heating your home, space heaters pose the greatest risk. The National Fire Protection Association reported that space heaters were involved in 79 percent of fatal home fires, and blamed heaters that were too close to flammable materials.

Besides the proximity to flammable materials, space heaters that use fuel to create heat may not be entirely safe, either. Non-vented heaters rely on oxygen sensors to alarm you that carbon monoxide (CO) levels are too high, but these types are only as good as their sensors.

If you must use space heaters, make sure you:

Besides the dangers space heaters pose, most aren’t energy efficient. If you rely on electric space heaters for routine heating, consider these safer and more efficient options:

Using a space heater does pose risks to home safety and if you use one routinely, it may be worth exploring other alternatives. To learn more, contact Jackson & Sons, providing trusted HVAC services for Eastern North Carolina homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Eastern North Carolina (including Wayne, Johnston, Greene, Lenoir, Pitt and Duplin Counties) about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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