Wed. Oct 20th, 2021

How to Select a Kerosene Heater for Your Home

The use of kerosene heater indoor is really not advisable. You have to make sure you secure all of your windows open while you use a kerosene heater inside your house. Trying to close yourself in to a closed room by tightly closing all of the windows and doors is extremely dangerous, especially if you have a kerosene heater in place. However, if your house is air tight and the air is able to get stale, you may consider another space heater for your house, such as a propane heater, so you can ensure that everyone in your house will be safe, and even comfortable. Read on to learn more about this topic.

There are two main dangers with kerosene heaters: carbon monoxide and fire. Can you guess what the underlying problem with kerosene heaters is? Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas produced when you light kerosene and it easily seeps through cracks, ventilation systems, and other porous materials in your home. This makes it particularly dangerous to use kerosene inside your home because everything you breathe in has the possibility of being contaminated with carbon monoxide. As well, burning kerosene can create black soot which can cause health problems. For these reasons, you should always avoid putting kerosene heaters indoors, no matter how convenient they may be.

While kerosene heater indoor models can provide some warmth to your room, they are not efficient at doing so. Unlike electric or solar powered heaters, a kerosene heater takes a long amount of time to heat up. Also, once a heater is turned on, it takes a long time to cool down because it is consuming fuel, meaning natural gas, to operate. Finally, a kerosene heater only produces radiant heat, meaning that it warms up the surrounding air before it warms up your house. By heating your house from the outside, you are effectively transferring heat from outdoors into your house. This can increase your cost of living and make you feel uncomfortable.

Radiant heaters, like kerosene heaters, also take a long amount of time to heat up. Also, they generate a lot of exhaust and need to be vented regularly in order to keep your home comfortable. Finally, if you place a permanent heating unit underneath your carpeting, you will have to drill holes and place carpet pads in order to protect the surface and prevent any fires. Although these pros may sound good in theory, most people do not place heaters adequately above their carpeting and because of this, the cons of using Propane heaters for indoor use outweigh the pros.

One of the biggest issues with Propane heaters is the fact that they produce toxic carbon monoxide while operating. This substance is odorless and colorless but can cause dizziness, headaches, and can even cause death in extreme circumstances. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen when a propane heater runs or when a house owner accidentally turns on the heater without properly venting it away from the room. By ensuring that your heaters have a proper venting system, you will ensure your safety and prevent this type of accidental poisoning from occurring.

Regardless of the specific issues with carbon monoxide poisoning or the efficiency of your venting system, it is vital that the area where you intend to place your heater has been properly lined with a barrier to prevent the escape of the poisonous gas. The best way to line your space heater is with thick insulation; however, this can become expensive to install and may not be an effective solution for all spaces. If you cannot afford this type of insulation, you will want to look into electric space heaters as an alternate form of heating your space. This will save you money and allow you to choose any type of heater you wish, including propane heaters.


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