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Nov 25, 2005 @ 8:03 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
sirdidymus


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i just bought a decent sized heater. my apartment has central air - but it doesn't do a really good job of heating the apartment worse off, the racket that it makes - scares my cats. i feel bad though because lately it's been getting into the 20s at night and i don't know if the cats get particuarly cold.

so, i went a got a heater today that i'd like to keep on overnight while sleeping - this way they'll have a warm spot to sleep if so desired. i would of course unplug the heater before leaving the apartment for work in the morning.

i've just heard so many things about heaters, i'm wondering if anyone has any experience with this and whether or not they think/know if it's safe or not to leave the heater on overnight

thanks in advance for your input...
andy
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Nov 25, 2005 @ 8:08 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
ExacerbatedTaboo


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Most heaters today have thermostats on them that will shut them off after it gets so warm...I don't think there's nothing wrong with leaving it on all night...I wouldn't put anything that could possibly blow up on it and catch fire but I don't see a problem with it.
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Nov 25, 2005 @ 8:11 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
spongebob777


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I think you would be suprised at how good your cats are at finding a warm place to sleep.
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Nov 25, 2005 @ 8:19 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
lecriveuse


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i have a heater that will automatically shut off if it isn't sitting upright. on another note, i detected a burning pot while taking a nap (didnt hear a peep out of fire detector).

my cats always used me as their personal blankie. i'm surprised u havent found them on ur back or chest.
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Nov 25, 2005 @ 9:53 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
Hooks


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If you want a safe heater, find one of the electric oil filled radiator type! They have thermostats, dual power switches, and even at it's hottest, your cat could jump on it and not get burned! It takes a few minutes to start warming a room, but once it has the temp up it maintains it very well! If you get one it's better if you can put it a few feet away from the walls, so that it has a good flow through!
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Nov 25, 2005 @ 11:18 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
devonguy


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sirdidymus!

Can you post the make and model of your heater? We can give you more accurate advice if you do so!
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Nov 25, 2005 @ 11:39 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
sirdidymus


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hey all,

first - thanks to everyone who has responded with your very helpful comments - much appreciated!!!

lecriveuse - Kali isn't a cuddly kitty - never has been, ... Loki is very cuddly, but he's also a major spaz and never stays in one spot in one room even, for long. unless of course i'm typing on the computer, then he curls in a ball and sleeps on my lap to the point where my legs are numb and i feel guilty when i have to cross my legs in the other direction and disturb his precious nap time...BUT...moving right along...lmao...

a few posts ment'd about a security feature - and this model seems to have that. i got a "surround" heater in the hopes the cats wouldn't have to be in only one spot to reap the benefits - don't know if it's functional or just gimmicky at best.

devonguy, that was a great idea so here are a couple of links. if anyone has any familiarity with this type - i'd welcome all comments/suggestions - thank you

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002VXW34/002-8982772-7143218?v=glance&n=284507&v=glance

http://www.kaz.com/kaz/store/product/51adbd03ae937d07957e672981d1b964/

thanks again and peace!
andy
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Nov 26, 2005 @ 12:12 AM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
devonguy


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? Front only or 360 Degree Surround Heat
? Adjustable Thermostat maintains desired temperature
? Child resistant SafeGuard™ Control
? Reach-through handle for easy transport
? Tip-over switch
? Extra long power cord
? Flame resistant plastic
? Overheat Protection


It looks pretty good to me! I wouldn’t lose any sleep over leaving it on! But just for peace of mind I would ‘knock it over’ and make shur the fail-safe device works!
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Nov 26, 2005 @ 12:25 AM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
sirdidymus


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devonguy - great idea about making sure the unit is feeling tipsy - i'll defintely try that - thanks!

danae - do you have a picture of the type of model that you're referring to? i have an idea but i'd like to be sure. does it heat up a good sized area around the heater itself? i'm going through the trial run with the current one - but if it doesn't work - i'll return it and would entertain all suggestions for other models

thanks all!!!
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Nov 26, 2005 @ 12:30 AM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
sirdidymus


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nope - no sir we are not. i'm currently going through the list of models that are waiting outside my door - for me to use and abuse them to see if they can suit my sordid deviant purposes to get, and keep, me hot all through the night.

dang - i so didn't want to have to admit to that - but there you have it - the truth will always find a way to be set free.

lmao............
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Nov 26, 2005 @ 12:46 AM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
sirdidymus


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great thanks and,

ummm...sidenote to you ET, i don't umm have the proper outlet to plug such a tool in so i'm going to have to pass but yeah, thanks all the same...lmao...
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Nov 26, 2005 @ 12:47 AM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
ExacerbatedTaboo


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ah you're welcome.
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Jan 30, 2011 @ 5:56 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
JoSnow


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Quite simply no.
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Jan 30, 2011 @ 5:58 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
clickityclack


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actually, maybe not unless its me giving ya a good ol' pounding in the sack!
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Jan 31, 2011 @ 3:12 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
redhairNfreckles


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My utility room has baseboard heat but because of "stuff" placed in front of them they are unable to be used.

So I bought one of those oil-filled radiator heaters, and it heats up a 14x30 ft. room quite well.

I leave it on day and night and it does shut off occasionally because of the thermostat setting. I can't speak for all styles of heaters but this one is quite safe.
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Jan 31, 2011 @ 9:31 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
Heaveninawildflower


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Yep, when my HVAC system died a few years ago, I used those very same radiator style heaters, with no problem. I also use the electric fireplace inserts, although only occasionally with the heater, but it does have a thermostat that makes it as safe as any other heating source. Of course the two of them are in actual fireplaces that were meant to contain fires, which helps!

The only person I know who caused a fire to break out overdid it with candles, without making sure they were on fireproof surfaces. Not good.

BTW, there are some 'missing persons' in this thread - for anyone who remembers her, Lecriveuse is doing just fine!

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Jan 31, 2011 @ 10:21 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
Dillweed


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I have a couple of electric heaters that are efficient and seemingly safe from EdenPURE
The body of the heaters stays cool to the touch and they heat 1,000 sq. ft. I've left them running without worry, but that's me. You can adjust the temp and they come with a remote.

They were a bit of money, but as they say; You get what you pay for.
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Feb 1, 2011 @ 12:50 AM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
signme


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I don't know the make or model but the cat rescue just got some heaters that will automatically turn off if knocked over. They had heat lamps, but apparently these little heaters are much better at keeping the cats warm.
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Feb 1, 2011 @ 1:14 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
Always_Striving


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Depends on the wiring in your apartment.

Most space heaters are rated at 1,500 watts which is the limit for a 15 amp circuit breaker. Typical circuits - lighting and receptical are protected by a 15 amp or 20 amp breaker.
The circuit breaker is designer to protect the wire insulation (plastic or rubber material) around the electrical carrying conductor from heating up and melting, which could either end up causing a fire or short circuit.
It is important for you to know that only qualified people should service the electrical panel (breaker box) or fuse box. If a larger breaker or fuse value happens to substituted and used in place of a lower rated breaker or fuse. Your apartment could catch fire by defeating protective features before they trigger safety.
Regarding all electric heaters: Space, baseboard, central heating, etc.... A special calculation or service factor must be included when sizing the wiring and circuit breaker or fuse. A 1.5 x multiplication factor "must" be added to all circuit used for 3 of more continuous hours.

So lets look at an example of a "Space" portable heater in use....
The Name Plate on heater indicates the following information.
__________________________________________________________________
120 VAC (or 110VAC) depending on the source from your utility transformer.
1,500 W

Ohm's law for electrical calculations..... Power/ Voltage = Amperage

1,500 Watts / 120 Volts = 12.5 amps

0r

1,500 Watts / 110 Volts = 13.63 Amps

Since heaters are assumed by the National Electric Code (NEC) to be used 3 or more hours continuously we must apply the 1.5 X factor to the Amps.

12.5 amps X 1.5 = 18.8 amps required for circuit (if you have 120 volts)

or

13.63 amps X 1.5 = 20.5 amps required for circuit (if you have 110 volts)
___________________________________________________________________
Electrical wire for lighting and outlets (receptacles) will either be 14 AWG or 12 AWG. AWG: American Wire Gage

The wiring is not generally assumed to be used for space heaters

14 AWG is rated for 15 amps
12 AWG is rated for 20 amps

both wire sizes are protected by the appropriate sized breakers or fuses to trip or open once the amperage reaches their noted values to prevent electrical fire.

So knowing this...

One can see why using a 1,500 watt space heater in an outlet, just by itself, will approach the limit of the circuit or exceed its limitations.

and..... If you turn on a few lights... adding even more load.... pop goes the beaker or fuse.

Please consider using a space heater rated LESS than 1,500 watts
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Feb 1, 2011 @ 2:22 PM is it safe to leave a heater on all night?    
Suthn_Man


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Why run a heater all night, if you've got a snuggle-bunny?

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