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Space Heater Safety Tips

Picture1A new wave of winter weather is hitting us again, particularly in the Northeast. The freezing temperatures and snow have people hunkering down at home. If you’re worried about staying warm, remember that space heaters are inexpensive, easy ways to add warmth to rooms. Before buying the first one you see online, there are a few space heater safety tips to keep in mind.

Shopping for Safe Space Heaters

Space heater safety begins by choosing the right type of heater for your application. Electric heaters are the only heaters considered safe for use inside non-vented rooms. Fortunately, a wide array of safe space heaters fall within this general category, from convection heaters that circulate warmth around a room to radiant heaters that direct warmth right at you. Check out all the different types of space heater technology here.

Safety Features to Consider

Many space heaters come with an auto shut-off feature that switches the heater off immediately in the unlikely event that it overheats. To avoid fire hazards, the U.S. Fire Administration recommends purchasing a space heater with a tip-over safety switch too. The agency also advises consumers to make sure that the heater has been evaluated by a third-party organization like Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Another consideration, particularly if you have kids or pets, is cool-touch housing. You won’t have to worry about wandering fingers or your dog getting burned when brushing up against it. Continue reading…

Top 5 Space Heaters for 2015

Frigid winter weather has definitely arrived. An extra boost of warm air can make a huge difference in these conditions—and that’s exactly where space heaters come in.

To help you sift through your options and figure out which one is right for you, we picked our top 5 space heater recommendations for 2015. Read on to learn more and pick one for your home or office.

1. Honeywell HZ-980 EnergySmart Infrared Heater

Benefits
Quiet, gently warms whole rooms, and currently on sale!
Ideal Uses
Bedrooms, living rooms, and basements

The Honeywell HZ-980 is a customer favorite. Recently named a “Best Buy” from a top consumer reporting agency, this model is simple to use, will fit in with just about any room, and gently spreads heat around your space.

  • Efficient: Automatically regulates power consumption; Energy Usage Indicator displays amount of energy used
  • Technology: Infrared heating technology with a fan to distribute warm air around rooms up to 1,000 square feet
  • Thermostat: Set your ideal room temperature and heat level (low to high)
  • Save Your Settings: Program 2 settings as favorites, programs to turn off up to 8 hours in advance.

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Sylvane Heaters Earn “Best Buy” Nods by Consumer Reporting Agency

Winter is admittedly not my favorite time of year: While I love cuddling up on the couch on a cold night, I don’t love the spike in energy bills I see when I run my central heater.

I’ve become a huge fan of space heaters since I joined Sylvane. They’re inexpensive, easy-to-move, and give off targeted warmth where you really need it. I tend to turn my thermostat down and use a good space heater in my living room (and then my bedroom at night). This plan actually keeps me warmer and saves me some money too.

A top consumer reporting agency just released its top picks for single-room heaters. Lets take a look at why these models ranked so highly and who should consider adding one to their home:

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Prepare Your Home for Polar Vortex & Winter Cold

thermostatIt looks like more than 200 million people will get a very cold welcome to winter in the coming days, as the Polar Vortex slams into most of the United States. This pocket of very cold, windy air has people scrambling to prepare their homes for another cold winter. Winterizing your home is perhaps more important now than ever—whether or not the cold Polar Vortex hits your home state.

Preparing your home for winter takes a bit of effort, but it pays off and can save you money on heating costs. Winter is an ideal time to reconnect with friends and family, so don’t let unexpected Polar Vortex or frigid weather get in your way. Follow these 6 easy steps on how to winterize a house: Continue reading…

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Allergic to the Cold?

As a native southerner, I often say I’m allergic to the cold. Until recently, I had no idea this was not only an actual condition, but one with life-threatening consequences. After learning about Cara Yacino’s journey to a cold urticaria diagnosis and the precautions she takes to control her risk of an allergic reaction, I’ll think twice before carelessly claiming a cold allergy.

According to the Weather Channel’s video that chronicles her allergy (below), Yacino began experiencing hives that she originally thought were due to a food allergy. The initial outbreak occurred while she was drinking a cold coffee drink. However, the hives manifested once more when Yacino put her hand in a cold shark and ray petting tank. Continue reading…