A Cheaper Way to Heat Your Home

If your house has oil heat, you already know how much it costs to heat your house in the winter. You buy the oil, and in what seems like no time at all it's time to get another hundred gallons. Thankfully, there are definitely cheaper ways to heat your home. One good way is using kerosene heaters. Kerosene is far cheaper than petroleum,  and I will tell you what you need to know to use it to heat your home.  

The first step to heating your home with kerosene heaters is finding the right one. Figure out how much space you need to heat, as well as where you're going to put the heater, then find one that fits your needs. When you purchase one, make sure that you also pick up replacement wicks and a container to use for transporting the kerosene, as well as a kerosene additive to reduce the smell and help keep the wick clean. 

Once you have the heater, the next step is setting it up. Make sure the area you want to set it up in doesn't contain anything flammable, such as cobwebs or newspaper. You'll want to keep the space around your heater as clear as possible, so avoid places where things are likely to get dropped or thrown. You also want to make sure it's not too close to walls, and try to put the heater around the middle of the area you're trying to heat.

Once your heater has been set up, it's time to fill it and get it started. Kerosene can be bought at most gas stations, and you'll love how little you're spending. Make sure to fill the tank of your heater outside, to prevent spilling it near the heater and starting fires. Follow the instructions that come with your heater to find out how full you need to fill the tank. Next comes lighting your heater. Depending on the model you have, this may involve pushing a button, turning a knob, or actually lighting it with a lighter. 

Now that your heater is lit and heating up your house, enjoy the warmth. Pay attention to your kerosene levels, and add more when necessary. If you keep it on most of the time, you'll most likely need to fill it at least once a day. You also want to air out the house every so often, by opening a door or window, to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, make sure to keep the wick clean. If the wick gets dirty, you can clean it by allowing your heater to burn out. You do this by letting all the kerosene be used (not refilling the tank when it gets low), taking the heater outside (to avoid the unpleasent smells that are sure to result), and letting it continue to burn until it goes out by itself.