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The nights are getting chilly and you may have brought your space heater out of storage to help keep you warm. While they are great at bringing you direct warmth, these types of heaters require following some safety procedures.

Tip #1: Keep it in the right place.
Space heaters need to be placed at least 3 feet away from window coverings, furniture, bedding, clothing, rugs, and other things that could cause a fire. If any of these items come into contact with the heating element or the hot surface, you could have an instant fire on your hands. In addition, it should be placed on a hard and level surface and nothing should ever be placed on top of it.

Tip #2: Watch the plug & outlet.
We have had people use these for primary heat for a year, and the plug in ends up melting to the outlet. As a rule of thumb the electric heater right into the outlet and do not ever use an extension cord, as this can increase the risk of overheating or fires.

Tip #3: Unplug when not in use.
When you’re not using the heater and you leave the room, always be sure to turn it off and unplug it. This is extremely important, as just one or two sparks from the machine could cause significant fire damage.

If you’re tired of using your space heater, it might be time for you to upgrade to a new, energy efficient heating system. A new heating system for your home will allow you to be more comfortable throughout the day and night and you won’t need to worry if about a portable heater that could break down or cause a fire. We have a variety of heating systems that can meet your home’s needs and most importantly, your budget. There are rebates and incentives available for some models, so call us today for information!

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