As tempting as it is to want to cover up our unsightly baseboard heaters, it’s often considered dangerous. It’s a hazard to cover a heater with some objects. However, this isn’t the case with professionally-made baseboard heater covers. Learn whether it’s safe to cover a baseboard radiator and how to appropriately do so.
Why It’s Important to Be Careful
When a homeowner blocks off their baseboard heater with a piece of furniture or a blanket, it’s very easy for the heater’s airflow to become restricted. As a result, flammable items nearby are more likely to ignite and the heater itself becomes less effective at heating the home. So, if done improperly, covering a heater can often have several hazardous consequences. But, it’s important to note that there are alternatives that make covers a more viable option.
The Safest Route
Baseboard heater covers can withstand the high temperatures and properly disperse the air through its openings. Manufacturers design and measure each cover to fit perfectly over your pre-existing heater. As such, its circulation points will remain unblocked, and it will allow the heat to easily escape. Professionals mold and create these covers from galvanized steel to more effectively radiate the heat rather than absorb it. This design technique cuts back on the risk of burns.
In addition to using a heater cover, it’s also important to properly care for your baseboard heater if you want to further reduce the fire risk in your home. Tasks such as cleaning and repairing it can also have a large impact on the way your heater circulates air throughout your home.
Promoting optimal airflow from your baseboard heater is key to keeping it a safe and effective part of your home. That’s why at EZ Snap™ Covers, we provide you with the tools to make that happen. We cut our custom baseboard heater covers to fit a multitude of baseboard heater sizes without blocking any of the heat from the vents.