Unfortunately, even the most reliable home heating systems can have their issues occasionally, and depending on scheduling, staffing and demand, it can sometimes take some time before an HVAC professional is able to arrive for assistance. When this happens during cold weather, a popular temporary solution is the use of space heaters. Space heaters can do quite well at keeping certain rooms heated comfortably, and can help in warming open spaces that could prevent frozen pipes. However, the manufacturer instructions must always be followed carefully to prevent accidents or issues.
According to the United States Department of Energy, electric space heaters are the only type of unvented heater that is safe for use indoors. This is primarily because there is no risk of carbon monoxide production or poisoning from this type of unit.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) published the following tops on space heater safety, which should be followed closely anytime you operate an electric space heater indoors:
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For more information about space heater safety, please visit www.esfi.org.