During the colder months of the year, nearly everyone across the country needs some kind of heating system installed in their homes and offices. There are a lot of heating options available on the market. In my house, I have central heating and cooling installed. Regulating the gas furnace is really quite simple. I just flip the switch from cooling to heating mode and set the thermostat to my preference. The hard part is the monthly energy bills and paying for the heating. Gas furnaces are probably the most popular heating choice, but there are also oil furnaces, boilers, heat pumps and dual fuel systems. Gas furnaces and boilers are more efficient types of heaters. Almost all the buildings in the northern region of the country use some type of packaged, rooftop commercial heating system. In warmer areas of the country, some people get by with portable heaters to keep their houses warm. Even though portable heaters have improved safety features, they can still be dangerous. I think one the greatest risks of fire in the home are portable heaters. They can cause nearby items to catch on fire. This is why I it is especially important to be careful when decorating the house for the holidays. The space heater should never be in close proximity to the Christmas decorations! Portable heaters ten to get hot to the touch, and anything that rests against it can easily ignite. This includes curtains, stockings, garlands or ribbon. It is a lot of fun to decorate for the holidays, but it’s necessary to take safety precautions. Make sure to use portable heaters as instructed.