Alternative Heating Sources – Kerosene
It’s been a while since we have had cold temperatures like these. In an attempt to stay warm you might be tempted to utilize alternative or supplementary heating sources. Heaters come in many varieties, such as kerosene, wood burning stoves and fireplaces, and electric ceramic to name a few.
All of these different heating sources have dangers. Always use caution with any heating source and be sure to follow manufactures directions and precautions. Never try to alter a heating device and only use the type of fuel recommended by the manufacturer. Also never use a stove, range or other cooking device as a supplemental heater.
Be sure to have an evacuation plan for your home and make sure everyone is aware of it. I recommend practicing a fire escape plan as a precautionary measure, as well.
As always, be sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order. They are more important in the winter especially when utilizing alternative heating sources.
If you are looking for ways to supplement the heating in your home here is a nice article on familyhandyman.com. The article mentions some not commonly thought of heating alternatives like toe-kick heaters, ceiling fan heaters and cove heaters to name a few which would be great for do-it-yourselfers. If you have questions or would like installation help with a project give Bryant Heating and Cooling a call.