Central heating and air systems work to heat and cool your entire Atlanta home throughout the year. However, many homes require a little extra help when it comes to maintaining a comfortable temperature during winter months. Homeowners often turn to supplemental heating sources for added comfort, such as space heaters.
Estes Services professionals want to help homeowners understand the pros and cons of using space heaters to supplement the heat source in their homes. So if you are having trouble heating your home, call Estes Services for a heating and air system inspection today.
Pros of Space Heaters with Heating and Air
Space heaters can save homeowners money. They heat only the areas where they are placed and use significantly less energy than the heating and air system in the home. Space heaters use less power, making them less expensive to operate.
A homeowner can turn down the heating and air system’s thermostat to a much lower temperature and use the space heater to raise the temperature in one particular room.
Space heaters are simple with stylish design. They are inexpensive and simple to operate. You can move space heaters from room to room and easily replace a damaged one.
Cons of Space Heaters with Heating and Air
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states more than 25,000 house fires are started by space heaters every year. The organization also attributes 300 deaths and more than 6,000 burn-related emergency room visits every year to space heaters.
Because of these concerns, many homeowners opt not to use space heaters. The risks outweigh their use.
Needs Constant Attention
To make sure a space heater operates safely, a homeowner must follow these guidelines:
- Only turn on the heater when you are in the room
- Do not run the space heater overnight
- Only use electric or vented gas space heaters indoor
- Never cover or block a space heater
- Never place a space heater in a high traffic area or where there are babies, children or dogs
- Be careful around the heating element
- Only use heaters that turn off if they are knocked over
- Keep the heater away from flammable objects
- Do not use an extension cord with a space heater
- Read the instruction manual before use
- Choose a heater with a fitted thermostat and timer
Requires in-depth research
Homeowners must look at the different types of space heaters and consider power source, output, maximum temperature, safety features, and design.
Consider A Safer Alternative Option for Heating and Air
If you have weighed the pros and cons and aren’t happy with what a space heater offers, consider another option to heat your home. Ductless technology offers convenience and energy efficiency. Additionally, a ductless system can be useful year-round, and you can control it remotely or with a timer.
You can set the ductless unit on a timer and enjoy warm air whenever the room is in use. Find out more about ductless technology by contacting Estes Services today!
Space heaters are not meant to replace central heating and air systems. In specific circumstances, they can support heating and air systems.
Estes Services help you maintain your central heating and air systems so they perform at optimum proficiency thus eliminating the need for space heaters. We serve communities in the greater Atlanta area including: Marietta, Kennesaw, Johns Creek, Peachtree City and Decatur. Call Estes Services today.