In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the initial issues with indoor space heaters used by some homeowners during the cold season. These devices may indeed be helpful with heating, but they provide this service at the cost of possible issues ranging from increased energy costs to fire risks and other hazards.
At My Buddy the Plumber, we offer furnace installation and repair services with a quality level that make the use of such indoor heaters generally unnecessary. Through our whole-home heating systems, plus modern thermostats including smart thermostat options, we’ll help you and your family stay warm throughout the winter without any additional items required. Here are a couple other forms of indoor heaters that can be risky, plus some alternative strategies we can offer you when it comes to ensuring everyone stays warm with no additional risk.
One of the oldest indoor heater formats that’s still sometimes used today is the steam heater, which has been around for decades. In fact, there are still some newer models being made. Steam heaters are mostly reliable, but here’s the catch: They take significant time and money to keep them properly maintained, and will not last long otherwise.
In addition, steam heaters tend to deal with several common issues over time. They’re not efficient, for one, meaning they’ll add significant sums to your heating costs each month if they’re used regularly. For another, steam heaters are noisy and often frustrating to be around, not a good quality for an item that needs to be in the same room as you to keep you warm.
A smaller indoor heating option is the filler heater, which uses oil for power. But just this oil presence creates a risk of spilling and fire hazard, one you’ll have to pay attention to at all times.
On top of this, a significant risk with filler heaters is carbon monoxide spreading. These items can release this invisible gas, sometimes in high quantities that threaten human health.
Alternatives to Indoor Heaters
Okay, so we’ve established that indoor heaters are risky and often add major costs to your heating. What are some alternative tactics you can take if warmth has become an issue?
- Filters: For starters, ensure your HVAC filters are changed regularly. These are a big factor in the efficiency of the heating system itself, not just the air quality. Clean and change air filters often.
- Clean vents: If air flow has become an issue for you, clean vents to ensure air flow remains as strong as possible.
- Programmable thermostat: If you don’t already have a programmable or smart thermostat in your home, consider installing one to allow for easy temperature adjustment and scheduling, even when you aren’t home.
- Professional maintenance: Finally, regular professional maintenance on your HVAC system will keep it working optimally and providing quality heat throughout the home this winter.