Meteorologists say that winter 2013 is going to be a lot colder than the previous one. That’s why it’s essential to prepare for the upcoming cold in order to enjoy the comfort of a warm home without paying a fortune for heating. Here’s what you can do before it gets really cold.
Opt for portable heating hire
According to heating hire specialists, using portable heater hire services is a great opportunity to turn down heating bills without compromising on comfort. Follow the advice of Pratt Fire Chief David Kramer who says that either homeowners or hired professionals can do all the required preparation for safe heater operation. “The number one issue is to make sure your heating appliance is working as efficiently as possible,” explains David Kramer.
Remember about safety
Figures by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s U.S. Fire Administration show that portable heaters were involved in 45% of all fatal heating fires in residential buildings and 52% of portable heater fires happened because the devices where placed too close to combustibles.
If you are going to use portable heating hire services this winter, remember a few simple fire safety rules. Choose a heater featuring automatic shut-off options and make sure there are no damaged cords, loose connections or broken plugs before plugging the device in. Plug portable heaters directly into outlets, not extension cords or power strips.
About 38% of portable heater fires originated in bedrooms as blankets, sheets and other bedding items easily catch fire, so place the device far from these items. Never leave the heater on when you leave the room or go to bed.
Other measures you can take
Energy pros are sure that it won’t hurt you to lessen the blow a little bit. For starters, it’s worth making sure your heating system is working efficiently and, if not, a little maintenance is necessary. In fact, a heating system that loses much warmth because of leaks adds up to 20% to your heating bills, according to Ronnie Kweller, a spokeswoman for the Alliance to Save Energy.
One more important expert advice is to clean the furnace filters of dust and debris as well as remove sediment from the home’s hot water heater to use energy efficiently. According to Kelli Grant, senior consumer reporter for SmartMoney, the type of fuel you use to heat your home may result in 20% higher heating bills so it’s a good idea to shop around for deals on fuel.
The bottom line
As reported by the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs, basic preparations for the colder season may result in long-term savings. Using the heating system properly may help prolong its life and prevent high heating bills, while portable heaters can effectively keep you warm.