Storing your space heater for summer

Messy closets may not be the best spots to store electric heaters that need a warm, dry place to reside for the summer.

While electric heaters can be a great energy saving device in the winter, warming small rooms with efficiency and helping to lower your heating bills, they aren't much use in the summer. As a result, I packed my units up last week when the weather hit 70 degrees. But, while relatively, straightforward there are some tips and tricks you can use to ensure your electric heater is safely stored for use next fall.

To store your space heater, first turn off and unplug the unit. If it was on previously, ensure that it has enough time to cool down before putting it into contact with a potentially flammable item. (While efficient, space heaters have been known to cause fires when handled improperly or without regard to the information inside their manuals).

Next, ensure that the space heater's exterior is cleaned and that all the parts seem to be in working order. (This eliminates the chance that you'll open it up next year and notice you need to purchase a replacement). Then, clear out an area in the attic, closet or garage where you store your small energy-saving devices, taking down any electric fans, dehumidifiers and other spring items to make room.

If you have the original box, I recommend using this to store your electric heater. By keeping the original box, you can ensure you know how old the machine is, the basic directions for its use (even if you lose the manual) and the information that can help you return the item or purchase a replacement part if necessary.

In pinch, however, garbage bags can be just as effective, keeping out the dust, germs and critters that could be proliferating in the attic. I usually wrap my device in a garbage bag before putting it in the attic, as you can never be too careful with storage.

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