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FAQ - Are Indoor Gas Heaters Safe To Use?

With the many benefits of using gas appliances in your home, you may finally be considering making the switch from electrical appliances and wondering, “are indoor gas heaters safe to use?”.

Many people have burning questions about the safety of gas heaters and other appliances in the home.

In this article, we aim to answer any questions you may have related to the safety of using gas heaters to warm your home.

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Are Indoor Gas Heaters Safe to Use?

The answer is absolutely! However, the safety of your gas heater is determined by you. There is no reason that your gas heater should be harmful in any way, as long as you do your bit to follow all the relevant gas heater safety procedures.

Furthermore, keeping your gas cylinder, as well as the heating unit well maintained, and in good order, will further ensure that you stay out of harm’s way.

Can You Leave a Gas Heater on Overnight?

Some might say that it’s okay to leave your gas heater on overnight, as long as you have a window open for ventilation.

However, we strongly advise against it. There are serious implications that can come from leaving your gas heater burning all night while you sleep.

Apart from carbon monoxide poisoning, there is also a potential fire risk of leaving a gas heater burning unattended.

Under normal circumstances, gas heaters that meet all the gas safety standards don’t pose a fire risk. However, leaving a flame unattended for extended periods of time makes fire a realistic possibility.

Are Gas Heaters Bad for Your Health?

Can gas heaters make you sick? Gas heaters cannot make you sick unless they are faulty. Therefore, it’s imperative that you have all your gas appliances, including heaters, installed by a registered gas installer.

Additionally, proper care and maintenance of your gas cylinder will prevent any health issues from developing.

If you experience the following symptoms after using your gas heater, it could indicate that it's faulty:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

Please stop using your gas heater immediately in the case of experiencing any of these symptoms.

What is an Unflued Gas Heater?

An unflued gas heater does not come with a built-in ventilation system which is used to send fumes away from the room and into open air. These are most commonly portable gas heaters.

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It’s important to note that many gas cylinders and appliances come with safety mechanisms designed to minimize any potential hazards as well as special instructions from the manufacture. It's important that you read these instructions carefully.

A well looked after gas cylinder or gas heater combined with safe practices can provide years of safe heating for your home and family.

In addition, a natural gas heater can save you tremendous amounts of money spent on energy consumption in your home, making it an excellent choice for heating your home.

If you have any questions that we did not answer in this article, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to address any concerns you may have related to the safety of gas heaters in your home.


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