Winter is upon us here in the Twin Cities! For being so far north, we have plenty of ways to keep us warm during these bone-chilling cold months. Instead of traditional heating elements like a furnace or a fireplace, you could choose to go with an electric fireplace or space heater.

An electric fireplace, or space heater, is either a stalled or portable heating element you can plug right into your wall. An electric fire palace is, essentially, a faux fireplace that distributes real heat. Space heaters, on the other hand, usually just emit heat from their components.

Fireplaces and space heaters are a less expensive alternative to a regular wood-burning stove. These heating elements can be used to heat more specific areas of your home if your heating system can reach every nook and cranny well enough.

In short fireplaces and space heaters are a great alternative, or compliment, for a warm and cozy home. However, like most things, there are some safety precautions to take!

Keep Objects at a Distance

A space heater or an electric fireplace can get pretty hot! When these heating elements are running, objects near them could pose a serious fire hazard. Things like blankets, pillows, and stacks of paper have a chance to absorb this heat and combust when close by, resulting in a house fire. Be sure to keep the surface and the surrounding area free of any debris.

Don’t Touch the Surface

As mentioned above, an electric fireplace or space heater can hold a high temperature! You should avoid touching the surface of your unit as it may cause serious burns when in contact with your skin.

Make Sure Outlets and Cords are Safe

An electric fireplace or space heater kicks out a lot of energy for an extended period of time. It’s always a good idea to check outlets to assure they are safe for a heater to the plugin. Additionally, check the cord on the heater for damage before plugging it in.

Unplug Heater While Away

If your household leaves for a while during the Holidays to visit family, you should unplug your electric fireplace or space heater. Even when not on, these units can still use up energy and pose a serious fire hazard.

Choose Harrison Electric for Your Twin Cities Home

Whether you’re setting up a space heater, or need electrical services such as electric vehicle charging, troubleshooting, or emergency service, contact Harrison Electric.

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