“Pure” kerosene heaters are very advantageous and feature many important peculiarities. They are called “pure” because their dual combustion unit burn fuel very clearly and efficiently. When operating at full blast these kerosene heaters produce no fume and consequently no nasty smell. However, some fumes are likely to appear at start up and shut down, because kerosene heaters need some time to dedicate it to inner processes. Opening your windows for some short periods of time is a way of getting rid of the fumes, so you can use kerosene heaters without even noticing its allegedly main sign – fume.
The design efficiency of all kerosene heaters does not offer many options. You can choose either 90% efficiency or 100% of full capacity. However, you should understand that a kerosene heater operating not at maximum is less impressive in comparison to its 100% performance. The main factor of kerosene heaters suitability for you house is their size. The area you want your heater to heat up may be really cold or insulated and less influenced by weather. All characteristics of the area are important for choosing the right kerosene heater.
Being a wise customer, you should be very attentive and informed. There are so many options at the market, so you should do your best not to regret your decision. Quality is the basis of good operation; even the oldest quality heaters can be easily cleaned and rebuilt.
- U.L. listed stand for “Underwriters Laboratories listed”. Only those heaters that have such sign on the nameplates are worth buying.
- Don’t be indifferent to manufacturer’s instructions. For operation and maintenance of kerosene heaters follow instructions without omitting warning messages and special notes.
- When using portable kerosene heaters ventilate the area by opening the window.
- Kerosene heaters are fueled by kerosene. That is why you should use only “clear white,” l-k grade, kerosene. Never use yellow (regular) kerosene, gasoline or diesel.
- For security sake install smoke detectors and residential CO detectors in the home.
- Never refuel kerosene heaters inside the house or while heater is in operation.
- Flammable material such as bedding, drapes, curtains, books, furniture or papers should be at a distance from heaters.
- To protect your children from potential risks connected with heaters set a barrier around it or instruct your children what they mustn’t do.
- Regular checks of heater are obligatory.
- Do not use hairspray and other flammable aerosol sprays, lacquers, and flammable liquids in an area where these heaters are used. Many types of heaters are likely to ignite vaporized fuels.
- The important thing is not to fill too much kerosene in the tank. Cold kerosene expands when warmed. Read carefully the manufacturer’s instruction.
- Be careful with the kerosene you store.