If the primary heating system in your Reading, Pennsylvania home isn’t working or isn’t working like it should, you may be tempted to pull your space heater out for quick comfort. Although these units can definitely be handy, they aren’t meant for more than short-term use. Attempting to use one to heat your entire home is both dangerous and inefficient. Following are three reasons why.
1. It’s in the Name
Just like their name implies, space heaters are only meant for warming up small spaces. When the outside temperatures plummet, you won’t get enough heat from this unit to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone in the building. Relying on a space heater during the coldest portion of winter can leave people within your household at risk of temperature-related illnesses such as hypothermia. Every home in Reading needs a reliable, fixed, whole-house heating solution.
2. Space Heaters Are Inherently Unsafe for Long-Term Use
Modern space heaters have a number of built-in safety features. Most have internal timers that will shut these units off if they’re left running for too long. Others have auto shut-off switches. These kick into action whenever space heaters get tipped over or overheat.
Notwithstanding these things, space heaters can malfunction. Thus, they should never be left unattended and they should never be left on when going to sleep. These units can be responsible for severe skin burns, electrical fires, and more. Moreover, unlike central heating systems, they don’t filter the indoor air.
3. Using a Space Heater Can Be Costly
Even the short-term use of a single space heater is guaranteed to have a noticeable impact on your home energy bill. However, trying to use one of these units as a primary heating source will prove incredibly costly. The cost of using space heaters as an alternative to whole-house heating will increase with each unit that you plug in and turn on.
At ComfortPro, Inc., we’ve been providing reliable heating and cooling installation, maintenance, and repair services to residents of Reading, PA and the surrounding areas for many years. We also offer air duct cleaning and indoor air quality services. If you need to upgrade or repair your home’s heating system, we’ve got you covered. Call us now to schedule an appointment.