Don’t Depend on Space Heaters this Winter Say San Diego Plumbing Contractors
In October, we shared with you all of the concerns from the local meteorologists and city officials regarding El Nino. The weather phenomenon is expected to take San Diego’s typically mild winter weather to the extreme. Those cold rains will prompt local home and business owners to crank up the heat more than usual.
If you are having an issue with your home heater unit, you may try to get by temporarily with a space heater. While space heaters can be a short-term solution, they need to be monitored closely because of their huge risks, so please exercise caution.
Top Five Reasons to Exercise Caution when using Space Heaters:
According to the latest consumer report, space heaters are responsible for one third of all home-heater-related fires each year. The National Fire Protection Association recently reported that every year in the U.S., space heaters are the culprits for than 17,600 structure fires.
- May Cause Death
Did you know that space heaters account for more than 80 percent of all home-heater related deaths due to fire? Plus, space heaters are one of the most common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home, which can result in death.
- Potential Circuit Breakers
Unfortunately, space heaters have a high potential to overload circuits. Therefore, you must never use extension cords or even multiple plugs with a space heater. They should only be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Also, be sure that the space heater is not sharing the same circuit as other electric appliances.
- May Cause Burns
Did you realize that it is not recommended that space heaters be placed in high-traffic rooms? Space heaters have such a huge potential to burn family members, especially young curious toddlers and roaming dogs or cats. It seems counter-productive to put a space heater in a room away from where the whole family hangs out, but the risks of getting burned are just too high.
- Location Limitations
Space heaters cannot be placed atop or near carpets, sofas, counters, draperies, or blankets, because all are highly flammable surfaces. Space heaters also need to be place far away from combustible liquids, such as spray cans. An explosion can occur when space heaters are placed too close to all of these items.
Consider Fixing Up Your Heating Unit for the Whole House
During cold El Nino San Diego storms, it will make the most sense to just fix your whole house heater instead of relying on a dangerous space heater. Test the heater now so that, if there are issues, you can make an appointment for a technician to call at your convenience. We covered the 5 signs of a faltering heater in this post. Please don’t leave this until later. Keep your home the refuge it should be by getting quick service, and don’t rely on space heaters for the long term.
Perry Plumbing Heating & Air Will Get Your Whole House Heater Ready for El Nino
Why suffer through San Diego’s cold weather with a faulty home heater unit, and most importantly, why resort to using a space heater with its umpteen risks? Take care of your home’s heating unit today by calling Perry Plumbing Heating & Air at 619-472-2112 visiting www.perryplumbing.com or scheduling an appointment here. We will perform tests that pinpoint the exact causes of your heater’s malfunctions. Our expert technicians are friendly, efficient and reliable. You can also read on our 5-Star Google Plus and Yelp reviews to know that we are true professionals who put customer service first. Perry Plumbing is a 2015 Better Business Bureau Torch Award Finalist for marketplace ethics.