Why you should avoid electric heaters? What is the first thing you do, when you come out of the shower on a cold, wintry day? If you are anything like us, you probably switch on the electric heater to battle the cold as you get dressed for the day.
The cosy and warm feeling
In fact, there is nothing quite cosy and warm like sitting in front of a heater when you have just stepped inside your house, braving the icy, cold winds during your commute, isnt it? A lot of us even sleep with our heaters on.
Do you use heaters in winters?
Sorry to burst your bubble, but if you rely on indoor heaters during winters for warmth, we have some bad news for you. As warm and wonderful they are, electric heaters should not be your go-to solution during winters, and we are here to tell you why.
It sucks in the moisture in the air
This one is a no-brainer. When you switch on an electric heater, the air that blows from it depletes the amount of moisture present in the air around you. This turns the air dry and can, in turn, cause itching because of the dryness of your skin. Secondly and more importantly, dry air is really bad for the skin of infants, as they have really sensitive skin.
It can cause suffocation
This again happens because air heaters deplete the quantity of moisture present in the air and cause the air to become dry. So, people who are already suffering from respiratory diseases can feel really suffocated and uneasy, when these heaters are switched on. What you can do is keep a bucketful of water and take care of ventilation while using air heaters.
It causes fluctuation in your body temperature
Once your body gets used to the room temperature caused due to the blower in the room, going in and out of the room can cause sudden changes in your body temperature which may make you sick.
It may cause accidental injuries and burns
The continuous exposure to the heater for too long may actually cause accidental burns and injuries, especially in the case of infants and elderlies, if you are not careful.
The bottom line
Always remember to turn off your heater after you are done using it and never keep anything on top of it, even when not in use. If it is extremely essential to use it, make it a point to keep a bucketful of water to maintain the moisture content in the air and never sit too close to it. Last but not the least, dont use power cord extensions to run the heater.