When it comes to whatever type of heater you are using, keep in mind one thing: it is a piece of equipment that is running and blowing or radiating heat to counter the chill of cold weather. This means that it can singe or even cause burn injuries to living creatures that are standing too close to it. It can also burn objects that are placed too close to it, and there are some cases where manufacturing fault cause it to melt its own exterior.
That is why it’s important to keep in mind these several safety tips to make sure you will enjoy warm nights only during your winter with your infrared heaters.
Fact 1: Burn risks
Infrared heaters are different with other types of heaters as they don’t actually burn on anything to keep the room warm. It uses infrared to radiate a warmth that is easily absorbed by the body but does not escape to open air. But this doesn’t mean that you can safely use it without considering burn risks.
An infrared heater is still capable of causing burn injuries to living creatures that are standing too close at the direction of the heater. It is also highly important to not place anything in the way of the heater. Children are also suggested to be kept away from the heater.
Use the golden rule of 12-18 inches away from the heater to stay warm and safe.
Including your plants.
Fact 2: Tip-over safety mechanism
Every heater, especially quartz-type when we talk about infrared heaters, must be equipped with automatic shut down when accidentally tipped over. This is to prevent fire hazard caused by the heater.
Householders that own pets and toddlers who are capable of walking and running around the house when not under adult supervision must keep this in mind.
Fact 3: Gas-fired?
If your infrared heater burns on fuel instead of electricity, keep in mind that the gas itself is a fire hazard you need to watch out. Your heater shouldn’t be releasing toxic fume into the room as well as not making weird noises that weren’t there.
Most gas-fired ceramic heaters, for example, burns the gas under a closed system, so it shouldn’t be releasing dangerous byproducts.
Fact 4: Maintenance
Infrared heaters are simple to use, and many of them come fully constructed. The next important thing to do is to make sure that you clean the parts from debris and dust.
Dust is an especially good heat isolator that can prevent you from feeling the same heat as you had when you first used it and cause the kit of overheat as it’s trapped in.
Make sure that you are not completely dissembling the heater while following the manual and procedure advised by the manufacturer.
Fact 5: Following the procedure
A quality heater always comes with a manual that will help guide you the right way to install and maintain it. Do not lose this and make sure you are doing it exactly as it says in the book. Once you have followed the instructions, but still find fault in your heater, contact the support team and explain your situation. Within the warranty period, you can be sent a replacement or refund if you purchase from Amazon.
Fact 6: Not-so-scary radiation
A lot of people are worried about being exposed to the ‘radiation’ of infrared heaters. It sounds like something that will cause cancer, but don’t let that scare you.
Radiation is a type of wavelength that is on a different level of that from an infrared heater. It is not the type that causes cancer, just like being exposed to a light bulb won’t kill you. This type of radiated heat works similarly to the sun.
This is the types of radiation that is friendly to the skin and easily absorbed until it’s on the same heat level as the heater.
Fact 7: Overnight exposure
Some people cannot stand sleeping without turning their heater on overnight. Chilly nights are the worst nights to sleep without getting woken up from having cold feet. But is this a good reason to turn your heater on when you sleep?
Overexposure of infrared heaters is not recommended no matter how safe the manufacturer has claimed it to be. This applies to all types of heaters, actually, because you are letting a high-temperature product which could potentially cause a fire before you even realize it.
Tuck yourself under your blanket and use timers to have it turned off one-two hours after you’ve fallen asleep. It’ll be better if you can wake yourself up and make sure that it’s off before going back to sleep again.
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