Anytime you’re installing a new heating system into your home, the safety of your home and its residents should be at the forefront of your mind. Consequently, if you’re considering a baseboard heating system, you may be asking yourself, “Are baseboard heating systems safe?” In general, yes, both electric and hydronic baseboard heating systems are considered quite safe. However, as with many other heating systems, there are certain risks if the system is used incorrectly. To make your baseboard heaters even safer, follow these safety tips for baseboard heating systems.
Allow Air To Flow
In order to function properly, a baseboard heater needs some space for air to flow. Though they don’t directly need air to operate, baseboard heaters release the warmth into the cool air surrounding them, thereby heating the entire room. A blocked baseboard heater is both a safety hazard and a drain on the heater’s efficiency since it won’t be able to heat the room as effectively as if it weren’t blocked.
Avoid Placing Furniture or Fabrics Next To Heaters
An object blocking a heater not only prevents heat from circulating throughout the room but also poses a serious safety hazard. Though it’s rare, a piece of furniture, set of curtains, or similar object that has prolonged contact with baseboard heaters while they’re running is at risk of catching fire. Better to make sure the baseboard heaters are clear of any obstructions.
Install Baseboard Heater Covers
Because baseboard heaters must generate enough heat to warm an entire room, they can become quite hot while running; touching a hot baseboard heater can result in a burn. Metal baseboard heaters often have sharp edges, which it is all too easy to cut yourself on while cleaning or performing maintenance. To protect yourself and your family from accidental injury, consider purchasing a baseboard heater cover. These covers will block the hot surface and sharp edges of your heater, preventing anyone from anyone accidentally touching it and keeping your household safe.
EZ Snap Covers™ strives to provide you with the tools it takes to keep your heating system safe, efficient, and stylish. Ensure that your baseboard heating systems are safe by following these safety tips and investing in a cover for your baseboard heating system today.