Tips to keep your heater working through the winter
Winter 2018 is here and particularly frigid in certain parts of the United States. Areas like Chicago, New York City and Boston have all been caught in unusual cold. Whenever there is an especially frozen winter, it pays to keep your heater in tiptop shape.
Here are several tips to ensure that your heater keeps your home warm, no matter how low the temperature falls:
Clean it regularly
Any machine works only as well as it is cleaned. Keep your heater regularly cleaned and dusted, particularly focusing on the air intake and exhaust vents, using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Clean the body of the Heater with a soft cloth only, using harsh solvents to clean your heater's exterior may result in damage to the surface finish. However often you need to do this depends on variables within the heater's environment but a basic cleaning should happen every two to three weeks to ensure that your device maintains its optimum effectiveness.
Avoid power strips or extension cords
Always plug your Lasko space heater directly into a 120V wall outlet. We do not recommend the use of other cord connected devices such as a power strip, surge protector, multiple outlet adapter, cord reel, or outlet-type air freshener. The use of such devices may create a safety hazard because of the high current flow needed to power space heaters.
Today News cautioned against using a power strip because the device would overheat as it tried to keep up with the space heater's power needs. This overheating can cause a fire hazard. Additionally, it's important to check the quality of your wall outlet connection. Older, loose connections may cause the wall outlet to overheat. Be sure that your heater plug fits tightly into the outlet before each use. During use, check to make certain the plug is not overheating. If necessary have a qualified electrician check and/or replace the wall outlet.
Use it correctly
Knowing where to place a space heater in your home is key. Lasko space heaters are designed to be used as a supplemental heat source in residential settings. Of course you'll want your heater to be in a room that you frequently use to maximize effectiveness and comfort. Unless a heater is specified as a bathroom heater, it should be kept out of bathrooms and laundry rooms because the high humidity levels can damage internal parts and functioning.
It's always important to monitor your space heater and avoid leaving it unattended—especially when children or pets are around. Place it out of the path of heavy traffic and on a stable, flat surface to minimize tripping or tip-over hazards. When your heater is not in-use, it's always best to unplug as an added safety precaution.
Staying warm in the winter is a challenge. While a heater can be your best friend in those cold months, it needs you to take care of it. You also need to be sure that you're bringing the right device into your home and supplying it with the proper support to keep it functioning whenever it's needed. Winter may leaving in a couple months, but it will return again at the end of this year.
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