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Monday, September 3, 2012

Kerosene Heaters - A Cost-Effective Alternative to Electric Heating(guest post)

Kerosene heaters are viewed by most as an archaic, outdated method of heating. But in reality, kerosene is a very cost effective, easy to use source of heat. While most of us picture the ancient glass lamp when we think of kerosene heaters, there are many modern, high efficiency kerosene based heating systems on the market today.

With impressive BTU production, these units are powerful enough to warm a very large living area at a reasonable cost. While many people enjoy the ease of electrical space heaters, the biggest flaw with these units is the very high cost of operation. With electrical bills skyrocketing in recent years, it's a viable option to explore kerosene as an alternative.

Kerosene can be stored for many years, and, contrary to what some might think, it's no more dangerous to store than any of the chemicals that are already kept in your household. Kerosene heaters, in fact, can be considered much safer than gas heating systems. With a gas heating system, even a small gas leak can be catastrophic. Something as simple as a pilot light going out can lead to an entire home filling with gas. In addition to the risk of combustion and fire, these fumes are very hazardous for family members who may be unknowingly breathing them in.

Another wonderful advantage of kerosene heating is the portability. Do you have a garage or workshop that's constantly ice cold in the winter? Having additional duct work run to this area can cost an arm and a leg, and to make matters worse, you're then stealing away valuable heating BTU's from the main living areas of your home. For households with an freestanding structure that's not directly attached to the home, this isn't even an option.

With a kerosene heater, it's as simple as filling it and turning it on. You can use it as needed. Once a day, once a week, or once a month, with kerosene, you pay only for what you use. Kerosene heaters are great for camping trips or outdoor activities as well. There are no wires, no power outlets, no gas lines, and no pilot lights to deal with. Simply set it down and turn it on, and you're enjoying comfortable, efficient heating immediately. An old fashioned kerosene heater can be a great conversation piece as well.

Nothing is more relaxing than enjoying a good book during the winter months in a comfortable chair beside an old fashioned kerosene flame. With constantly escalating electricity and gas bills, it's no surprise that people across the world are searching for alternative forms of energy. With the flexibility to heat only a portion of your home, it may be worth investing in a kerosene heater. Why turn on an entire central air unit and heat up the entire home when you're only using one room? Try out a kerosene heater and enjoy the savings that many people have known about for years!

Sarah writes about ways to save money on heating and cooling bills. Among Sarah's most recent work is an extensive write-up on the topic of portable kerosene heaters and how to effectively and safely use your heater in a kerosene heater safety guide.

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3 comments:

Gas ducted heating units said...

go to your local hardware store and buy gas leak detector which is a diluted soap and bush it on the fittings if it bubbles you have a leak i'd call a plumber or your gas company just to be sure and have all the fittings checked and tightened
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autumnesf said...

For some reason I thought you couldn't burn kerosene inside because of fumes. No idea where I got that from. Maybe its because I usually see them used outside or in open garages.

Bloggers said...

yeah you can and also in an emergency you could cook on it.

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