Space Heaters | Air Conditioning Repair Plano, TX
Many people use electric space heaters as supplemental heat. When appropriately used, space heaters can provide safe supplemental or emergency heating. However, in terms of energy efficiency, a single space heater consumes as much energy as a central heating system. If your HVAC system needs repair, contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning for expert heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.
Space heaters use electricity, gas or other fossil fuels to produce heat. Electric space heaters are the most common, and use a large amount of electricity to heat the electric coils, with a fan blowing across them to warm the air and the space.
Unfortunately, space heaters are a common cause of house fires, generally due to homeowner error. Space heaters should be located 3 to 6 feet away from objects, such as walls, carpet, rugs, furniture, curtains, and other. Following the instructions in the owner’s manual can prevent a fire.
In addition, electric space heaters can overload a home’s electrical wiring, especially in older homes. Common signs of overload on the home’s circuits are tripped breakers, and electrical outlets that no longer work. If this is occurring in your home, lives may be at risk as damaged wiring is a fire hazard. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning can assist you by providing heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX, or a new system installation.
Space heaters that utilize fossil fuels pose their own hazards. 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 rarely provide the ventilation that a central gas furnace requires. The lack of ventilation places your family at risk of deadly carbon monoxide poisoning, and should never be used in your home.
Electric space heaters are the only unvented space heaters that are relatively safe to operate. They don’t pose a carbon monoxide danger. However, they do pose a fire hazard, and should be used with caution only on a temporary basis. Contact us for new system installation, or the heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX that you need.
Safety with electric heaters includes plugging them directly into the wall outlet, and never into an extension cord, which greatly increases the chances of a fire. If the use of electric space heaters is tripping circuit breakers, your home’s wiring is probably being overloaded. When using more than one space heater, move heaters to other locations with no more than one heater on each circuit. Overloaded circuits are a major fire and safety risk. You don’t have to risk it, Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning experienced technicians can provide the heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX that you need.
When purchasing an electric space heater, use these guidelines to increase safety in your home:
- Purchase heaters that have the current safety features, and display the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label. Ensure the features include a tip-over safety switch, which automatically shuts off the heater if the unit is tipped over.
- Select a heater with a thermostat to prevent unnecessary waste of energy, and overheating a room.
- Choose a heater rated for the size of the room it will be used in. Most heaters indicate the square footage for which they are rated. Don’t purchase oversized or undersized heaters. Oversized heaters will use unnecessary energy, and undersized heaters may run constantly resulting in increased energy usage.
- Place the heater on a level surface away from high traffic areas, and combustible materials. Exercise caution and consistent observation when used around small children and pets. Maintain at least 3 ft. around the space heater to reduce the risk of fire. Read your owner’s manual for additional information.
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