Heater Tips for this Fall

By Eliza, November 22, 2010, Energy Efficiency

Americans have been switching to alternative heating systems because the cost of central heating bills have become too much to handle. When using fireplaces, furnaces, or portable heaters be cautious and follow the tips below.

  1. If you are using a central heater, try to get your heating system inspected, cleaned, and serviced annually.
  2. For furnace use, be sure the flame burning is a steady bright blue color. If your house begins to smell like natural gas, evacuate immediately and call 911 to avoid serious injury.
  3. If you are using a fireplace, make sure that the screen protector is big enough to cover the whole area to avoid sparks from flying and logs from rolling.
  4. Portable heaters should be placed on a steady floor for use and away from flammable objects.
  5. Check up on smoke detectors to make sure they are working and think about installing a carbon monoxide detector to avoid poisoning.

Click here for more home heating safety tips. Also be sure to read up on our Top 10 Power Hogs in the Winter to save even more on your winter electricity bill.

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