Space Heaters | Air Conditioning Installation
Numerous homeowner’s utilize electric space heaters during the winter, which pose serious risks to the safety of family members. The average electric space heater costs approximately 30 cents per hour to operate depending upon the cost of electricity. In comparison, a modern central HVAC system heats the entire home for the same cost or less. In the long run, cost effectiveness, efficiency and safety are best provided by a central heating and air conditioning installation.
Space heaters may utilize electricity, gas or other fossil fuels, with electric heaters being the most common. Electric space heaters use an extremely high electric current to heat the electric coils, and blowing air across them to warm the air and the space.
It is a known fact that space heaters are a common cause of house fires. Depending upon the manufacturer, they generally require that heaters be located 3 to 6 feet away from objects. This includes walls, carpet and rugs, with few people considering these, thinking only of furniture, curtains and similar objects.
Furthermore, electric space heaters can cause house fires by overloading the electrical wiring within a home. Potential clues that an electric space heater is overloading the home’s circuits and potentially causing the electric wiring to overheat are thrown circuit breakers and electrical outlets that no longer work. If this is occurring in your home, lives may be at risk. Call us today to discuss how Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning can assist you with central heating and air conditioning installation.
Gas or other fossil fueled space heaters pose their own hazards. The pilot flame of gas space heaters may go out when gas pressure falls, or components fail. Safety features are more likely to fail in a cheaply made gas space heater than in a furnace or other HVAC system. Gas space heaters also pose a fire risk. The appliances owner’s manual provides the best guide for determining the required distance between the heaters and objects.
Furthermore, gas space heaters rarely have the ventilation flue that a furnace requires. The flue is a pipe through which dangerous carbon monoxide emissions are exhausted to the outside of the home. The lack of a flue places families who utilize fossil fueled space heaters at extreme risk of deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas occurring as a consequence of the burning of fossil fuels including natural gas, kerosene, propane, charcoal and the wood burning fireplace or heater, for example.
Installing carbon monoxide detectors is highly recommended for homes using fossil fuel for heating, cooking or the hot water heater. Even with properly vented appliances, these detectors may save lives if a component fails. The risks posed by fossil fueled space heaters is significantly greater than with central heating and air conditioning installation. Nevertheless, these detectors are insurance that can save lives.
Common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, weakness, chest pain and confusion and it can result in loss of consciousness and death. Persons sleeping when levels become toxic can die without ever being aware of symptoms. This is why carbon monoxide detectors are recommended near bedrooms, with at least one on each floor.
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Call Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning a today for a new heating and air conditioning installation. Our HVAC technicians are experienced and certified professionals trained to accurately configure the system your home requires for an energy efficient heating and air conditioning installation.