How Will You Stay Warm?
Right now is the best time to begin to get your home in order for Winter weather. Some easy things you can do would be to get your space heaters out and test them for function. Make sure the heat settings still work and the wires aren’t frayed.
If you have a space heater that has a heating element that gets red hot and you have children, pets, or you may be taking care of the elderly, or even handicapped family members, it may be time to purchase a new type of space heater.
An infrared space heater like the Lifesmart LS1002THD13 1500-Watt 4 Element Infrared Electric Room Heater, is really a great buy and a great bargain. This heater heats up to 1000 sq. feet of space in your home. This isn’t anything like old the fashioned space heaters with the wire heating elements. Those old heaters had a concentrated heat. This is different. Please see my Spot Review for details on The Lifesmart Infrared Electric Room Heater.
If you have a fire place, now, before the cold weather hits, would be a good time to invest in an annual inspection and have your local Chimney Sweep come by and give it a good cleaning. Cresol is a big problem. What is this Cresol ? Cresol is a carbon like residue that will build up over time in your flue as you use your fireplace. It has been the cause of many home fires. Another good idea is to make sure that your fire screen is in place when you want to start a fire, and NEVER leave your fire place unattended especially if you have children, pets or are taking care of anyone with special needs or any elderly family members.
If your wood pile is out side it should be protected by keeping it several inches off the ground and by placing a tarp over it to keep it dry, in case of wet weather. A couple of ideas come to mind; If you have to keep your wood outdoors, set some inexpensive bricks under them as a platform base to make a level base. Then get 4 cinder bricks from a big box store, the ones with the large holes that people use to make makeshift book shelves. They are cheap for a brick sized 16in x 8 incx8 inches. They cost about $1.50 each. so four for about $6.00. and place them on the brick base you’ve just made. They are cheap at about $1.50 each, Purchase some re bars,
Right now would be a good time, as I’m sure a lot of people are doing, to pull out your blankets, comforters, quilts and flannel sheets, and freshen them up. Take them to the cleaners or if they can be washed, to wash them to get that stale storage scent out of them. Fluff up your Down Comforters. Then fold them and place them in your closet to keep them within easy reach.Pull out your Long Johns, Pajamas, and Sweat Pants, Sweat Shirts, and wool socks as well so you can freshen them up to use them to sleep in. Using your favorite brand of scented laundry beads is a good way of helping to keep them fresh smelling for weeks.
If the power goes out, one great idea may be to find one room for the family to gather in so you can keep an eye on each other in that one room. Have your family gather together under the blankets for body warmth. If you have air mattresses that you use for camping, pull those out for a more comfortable sleep. Staying off of a cold floor will be very helpful. There are those of you that camp out and have temperature rated sleeping bags that you can use to help keep you and your family warm. What’s great about this sleeping bag is that it has a hood that locks the heat and so, makes it able to provide long-hours of comfort without losing heat. Comfort rated for temperatures of 50°F to 30°F. Extreme use down to 15°F. When you are enveloped you will tend to stay warmer and you can add or subtract extra blankets, comforters, or quilts as needed.
One thing to NEVER do, even in extreme, dire circumstances, is to use your oven to heat your home. It is a very dangerous thing to do. Not only are you exposed to gas fumes but you are also exposed to possible fire and explosion.
There are alternatives to electric heaters but, use extreme caution if you are thinking about using them. Kerosene or Propane heaters.
Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater is a Propane heater. Using propane tanks or smaller canisters you find in the sporting goods or outdoor grilling section at any big box store, you can be ready with emergency heating at your fingertips when ever you need it. This unit has a really good sized heating surface, fold-down handle, swivel-out fuel connection, and an easy-start four-position control, for your heating comfort. Mr. Heater has great safety features such as a low-oxygen shut-off and tip-over safety shut-off system. This heater gives you safe, reliable heat anytime, and because of the portability, anywhere. Mr. Heater is one unit you should definitely look at and see if it fits your budget. I do not have this unit, because I live in a temperate climate but if I lived in a colder climate I would definitely use this when the power goes out.
So to sum up,
- Mr. Heater has 2 heat settings, a fold down handle,
- has four positions for control,
- has a built in igniter for lo, hi and off settings,
- the high temperature wire guard and swivel regulator for LP cylinder and hose installation.
- Low-oxygen safety shut-off (ODS) and tip-over safety shut-off
- Ceramic burner tile mounted with shock absorbing insulation for durability and easy replacement