Buying a space heater for your home is one way you can quickly heat an average sized room for very little cost. Electric heaters include an array of safety features that reduce the risk of fire, but that doesn’t mean all of them are risk-free. Safety is one of the primary considerations for many people who are researching a space heater, since many models can potentially cause burns or feel hot to the touch. You’re also considering which heater is right for your situation…which one will cost the least and be the most efficient and effective. 1. For starters, look for a label from a recognized testing laboratory such as UL (Underwriters Laboratory), ETL (Intertek), or CSA (Canadian Standards Association) verifying that the heater’s construction and performance meet voluntary U.S. safety standards. Fuel-burning space heaters are more dangerous than electrics and should really only be used in an emergency such as a winter power outage. 2. Look for fast, spot-heating if you care more about quickly heating one or two people rather than heating a roomful of guests. Consider larger heaters if you like the look of wood and an electronic flame display. 3. Look for safety features. Most heaters include a sensor that shuts them off if they overheat and become a safety concern. A switch that does the same if they tip over is a welcome plus for taller models, especially with kids and pets nearby. Insist on a model which utilizes a fan as it will help distribute heat more quickly and some models can even oscillate for more even heating. Buying a space heater for your home is a great way to provide an extra source of heat to your home during the cold months without needing to put extra stress on your air conditioning system. You can save money on your electric bill and cut down on the workload your HVAC endures this fall and winter by utilizing a space heater that fits your situation! Your friends at Spencer Heating and Air Conditioning are here to answer your questions about how to keep your home comfortable this fall and winter. Give us a call at (972) 446- COOL (2665) or by logging on to spencerairconditioning.com to find out how we can serve you.