Most people use a gas heater, as a cheap alternative to heat up their house and stay warm during cold months. The vast majority of people often ignore the dangers of using gas heaters in enclosed spaces. Using a faulty gas heater can actually be in fact fatal in some cases. Most studies have proven that gas heaters can increase indoor air pollution and pose some health concerns. Find our more in the article below.
Gas heaters lower the amounts of O2
In order to burn and provide some heat, gas heaters need to consume oxygen. If the room is not properly ventilated, you life could be in danger because this process. Children, elderly and pregnant ladies, as well as asthmatics and heart patients are at a more risk of suffering respiratory problems from a decreased level of oxygen in the room. Rooms should be also ventilated in order to avoid poisoning from gas leakages in an enclosed space.
Health problems caused by nitrogen dioxide
Gas heaters can also release nitrogen dioxide in the air, which is an upper respiratory irritant. NO2 is toxic and can cause health problems, especially if we are talking about lower concentrations being released in enclosed spaces. Some of the signs of a NO2 poisoning include: sore throat, vertigo, cough, nausea and severe headache. NO2 has also been signaled to increase asthma and other respiratory problems.
The hazard of water vapor
If you have a home that is too dry, especially during cold months, then the water vapor will not pose any health concerns. It will even provide extra moisture in a dry space. On the other hand, if there’s a high level of moisture in the house, the humidity will be further increased, causing health problems.
Gas heater need maintenance work and you must always keep an eye on them. A faulty gas heater can cause carbon monoxide poisoning that can lead to unconsciousness and in severe cases even death. The symptoms most often consists in dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath and chest pain. Carbon monoxide is invisible to the naked eye, so it’s almost impossible to determine if there’s a high level of carbon monoxide in the room. This gas is very dangerous for people with heart diseases or respiratory problems, as well as children and pregnant women.
What type of heater is recommended?
Even though gas heaters are generally more cheap, it’s more recommended to invest in a good-quality infrared heater. The prices of infrared heaters all vary so make sure that you get one to suit your needs. An infrared heater uses electromagnetic radiation to transfer heat to a body with a lower temperature.There are many models from where you can choose. For more versatility, opt for a portable infrared heater that can be easily transported from one room to another.