For the last century the number of people using paraffin heaters in their homes has been increasing. The reasons for these are simply down to the cost of running them is very low and as they are light they can be moved around from room to room with ease.
If you are having problems heating certain rooms within your home then a paraffin heater could provide a cost effective solution to it. Compared to the older models technological improvements have ensured that these units are far safer to use today. However, before you do consider buying one there are certain things you need to consider and below we look at just what some of these are.
1. Make sure that you buy your paraffin heater with care and check that it meets with the relevant safety standard requirements. It is best to go for the new models as these will come with features such as a cut off switch, which will turn the heater off should not air be able to circulate within it.
2. When buying a paraffin heater use a dealer that you can trust as they will ensure that the correct manufacturing procedures to make it have been. Plus you are also ensuring that the heating equipment you buy does meet the relevant European and British safety and use standards.
3. When you are thinking of buying a used paraffin heater check to make sure that the dealer has carried out the relevant safety checks and repairs to the unit. Ask them to provide you not only with a written guarantee but a copy of the safety check and repairs report along with a copy of the instruction manual.
4. It is important that you use the only kind of fuel that the manufacturer of the paraffin heaters recommends and if this is going to be difficult to obtain then do not consider purchasing one. In most cases today the fuel (oil) that paraffin heaters use must in the UK meet the BS2869 CI standards.
5. Although your paraffin heater will need to have plenty of fresh air circulates around it you should never place it in front of a window or door where the wind can blow directly onto it. Plus look for units that you can care for easily such as those where the wick is removed easily and where working on the inside is easy in order to remove the build-up of dust and dirt preventing air from circulating around it.
Above we have offered some advice on the things to consider when thinking of purchasing paraffin heaters for your home. When considering the various types do not just think about the initial purchase cost but also how much it is going to cost to then maintain it. So as you work out your budget factor in the amount you will need to spend on getting it serviced regularly.