Safety advice for heating your home during winter | The Islander
With the winter cold affecting our comfort drastically, now is the time to learn (or be reminded) the best ways to heat your home.
When it comes to home heating, what you do with it can affect not only the temperature, but your general safety as well.
In time for those cooler months, Atesh Mani, Mitsubishi Electric’s National Product Manager, has created a checklist of safety tips to keep the house warm, while keeping an eye on the well-being of your family and pets.
It can be easy to assume that you are aware of all the potential dangers in your home, but there are often hidden dangers lurking. What are they and how should you identify them?
When it comes to heating, any object within a meter of the heat source is a hazard, especially those that are flammable – think textiles (loungers, blankets, pillows, etc.), some artwork, electronics, the list goes on.
Move all items at least three feet away from your heating source for complete peace of mind. In addition, it is recommended that you never dry clothes on or near your heater.
Check your heat source annually
While it would be great to assume that all devices are fail-safe, this isn’t always the most practical assumption.
A simple solution is to have your heating system thoroughly checked by an accredited professional at least once a year. Don’t worry if this is hard to remember, just consider it another one of your annual housekeeping chores.
Time to clean your filter
Air conditioning is probably the safest way to heat your home. When you have a system installed, you wonder when you last cleaned the filter.
Filters build up dust over time, and if you’ve blown the cool air in the summer, something will build up there. This reduces efficiency and the air flowing through is not as fresh as it could be.
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Take into account the type of heater you are installing
The most popular forms of heating in Australia are electricity and gas. While gas heaters are cheaper to run in some cases, they can also leach out the odorless, toxic gas and carbon monoxide.
Regular heating maintenance will reduce the risk, but a working carbon monoxide alarm is a necessary addition to any home.
Discharge heating systems are those that expel airborne pollutants and fumes from the home, while non-discharged systems get into the house.
In the case of flue gas heating, ensure good room ventilation and regular maintenance of the system in order to avoid gas accumulation.
Avoid using external gas heaters indoors
When your home is getting colder without a heater, the idea of using your outdoor heater to heat your room might quickly spring to mind.
Note, however, that outdoor heaters don’t have to pass the same rigorous safety tests as your indoor heaters.
Since outdoor heating is used for well-ventilated areas (and they cannot be better ventilated than outdoors), external heating devices are allowed to release larger amounts of gas. It is recommended that you never bring your external heating indoors.
Invest in a heater with WiFi connectivity
As our lives get busier by the minute, one could forgive the occasional run out of the door in strange socks without lunch and perhaps forgot to turn off the switch on your home heater.
With a WiFi-connected heater, you can easily turn off your heater from anywhere without having to walk home, saving you time and money.