Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Why it is Not Safe to Use Your Stove or Oven to Heat Your Home

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If you’re like millions of other people, you want to know the safest, most efficient way to heat your home. If your home is a small single-story house or apartment, it might be tempting to turn up the stove or oven, sit back, and let your kitchen warm the rest of your home. Unfortunately, there are several reasons why you should never use your stove or oven to heat your home.

To begin with, gas stoves or ovens should absolutely never be used for anything other than cooking. If a pilot light or burner goes out, it can allow gas to seep out and create a fire, explosion, or inhalation hazard. Even if everything stays lit and burning the way it should, there is a very real risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is hazardous gas with no color, odor, or flavor that is produced when oil or gas is burned. Exposure to it can cause dizziness, headaches, tiredness, and even death.

Next, stoves and ovens aren’t built the way they used to be. Before the invention of central heating, cast iron stoves or stone hearths were used for cooking food and keeping homes warm. Today, things are much more complicated. A modern oven or stove is not designed for the kind of continuous punishment that a heater is, and may not hold up to it. Using a stove or oven to heat your home raises the risk that it will break down, or even cause a house fire.

Even if a stove or oven performs well as a heater, it isn’t a very efficient one. That might not seem like a big safety consideration, but it can be when you consider how much hotter a stove or oven will have to be in order to properly heat the same sized living space that a regular heater would be capable of handling. Since the heating elements in a stove or oven are exposed, there is a very high risk that they will cause burns or adjacent items to catch on fire. 

Lastly, stoves and ovens aren’t supposed to be left unattended. That means that, unlike a heater, they can’t be used while you’re asleep or not at home. So, trying to use a stove or oven to heat your home would require you to stay by your kitchen for the duration.

If you live in the Dallas Fort Worth area and are worried about high heating bills, an inefficiently heated home, or a heater that just doesn’t work well anymore, it might be time to contact a professional. Don’t resort to trying to use a stove or oven to heat your home, contact Ellis Air Conditioning and Heating to discuss better, safer, more efficient heating options. 

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