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Here are 3 reasons why it’s a bad idea to use room heaters this winter

Published on:20 December 2020, 11:00am IST
Most people use room heaters to stay warm during winters but they might not be the best for your health.
Shreya Gupta
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Room heaters might be tempting but that doesn’t mean they’re good for you! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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The cold weather combined with a cosy blanket is a match made in heaven. The temptation to switch on the room heater only increases with a further drop in mercury. Truth be told, room heaters can make everything more comfortable and warm but they’re hazardous for your health!

Yes, you heard it right! Room heaters can lead to dry skin and amplify the symptoms of allergies. What’s more, sleeping with the room heater on can lead to an increase in the carbon monoxide levels which can prove to be fatal. 

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If you’re someone who uses the room heater regularly, you must know that it comes with these 3 health risks:

1. It decreases the moisture content in the air

The winters are already dry and harsh but using a heater for too long in your room can further deplete the moisture content in the air, making it even drier. The dry air can make your skin dry and rough. If you have sensitive skin, it can lead to redness and itchiness.

2. It can make the indoor air toxic

Some of the room heater models up for sale release carbon monoxide. If your room is not properly ventilated and you sleep with the heater on, it can be really hazardous for your health. It can lead to respiratory issues such as asthma, allergic irritation and some other serious diseases.

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Yes! your indoor air can become toxic. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
3. A fluctuation in temperature can cause problems

It might feel good to sit in a warm room but when you move out of it, you’ll realize it’s cold. You’ll be exposing your body to temperature fluctuation. This sudden change in temperatures frequently can make your immune system weak, making you sick.

Please note that…

If you are suffering from dry skin, nose or throat due to the lack of moisture, you can keep a bowl of water in your room to pull up the moisture level. Moreover, avoid keeping the room heater switched on while you sleep to minimise any fatality. In addition, keep the temperature moderate and ensure that your room is ventilated.

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  1. Many died in darjeeling many years ago due to carbon monoxide in their sleep and people thought it as suicide

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.