are ceramic heaters safe for birds

So every year as the weather turns cold, we get a flurry of questions about “safe” options for supplemental heat for people with birds in the home. First, let me say that if you are comfortable without a blanket or sweater then your bird probably is too as long as it is healthy, fully feathered, and the room is not drafty. Most (healthy) birds will be comfortable in temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In this case you probably don’t need any supplemental heat at all. If your bird is plucked, the room is drafty, or temps are cooler, then you may want to add something to boost the temp while the bird is sleeping.

If the chill if from drafts, then either find the source of the drafts and seal it or move the bird to a less drafty location. If that’s not possible then you can try covering the cage at night and adding a parrot heating panel near your bird’s sleep perch.

These panels provide a gentle heat source that she can move closer to or farther from to suit her needs. There are a couple on the market, just make sure the cord is not accessible. There are also heated perches but there have been reports damage to the skin from standing directly on the heat so we dont like to use those.

If you STILL feel your bird is uncomfortable then consider the following information before putting any portable heater in the bird room.

According to the Department of Energy, space heaters are typically used when the main heating system is inadequate. In some cases, small space heaters can be less expensive to use if you only want to heat one room or supplement inadequate heating in one room. Safety is a top concern when using space heaters. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of space heaters, resulting in more than 300 deaths. In addition, an estimated 6,000 people receive hospital emergency room care for burn injuries associated with contacting the hot surfaces of room heaters, mostly in non-fire situations.

Space heater capacities generally range between 10,000 BTU and 40,000 BTU per hour, and commonly run on electricity, propane, natural gas, or kerosene. Other sources of supplemental heat are wood and pellet stoves.

Unvented combustion units are not recommended for use inside the home, because they introduce unwanted combustion products into the living space—including nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and water vapor—and deplete air in the space. Most states have banned unvented kerosene heaters for use in the home and at least five have banned the use of unvented natural gas heaters.

Vented combustion units are designed to be permanently located next to an outside wall, so that the flue vent can be installed through a ceiling or directly through the wall to the outside. These must be professionally installed and maintained. They use fuel to operate and there is a chance they can back draft and adversely affect the indoor air quality. If the heater is not vented properly, not vented at all, or if the vent is blocked, separated, rusted, or corroded then dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) can enter the home causing sickness or death to your birds AND you. CO also can be produced if the heater is not properly set up and adjusted for the type of fuel used and the altitude at which it is installed. For these reasons, combustion heaters are NOT recommended especially in homes with birds.

Electric space heaters are generally more expensive to operate than combustion space heaters, but they are the only unvented space heaters that are safe to operate inside your home. While theres no carbon monoxide risk with electric space heaters they still can be a safety hazard if used improperly. They pose burn and fire hazards and should be used with caution. Some electric space heaters can have internal components that are coated with teflon, which should never be used in a home with birds. Before purchasing any electric heater ensure the elements and internal components do not contain any teflon (PTFE) material.

There are two basic types of electric heaters: convection and radiant. Radiant heaters emit infrared radiation that directly heats objects and people within their line of sight. They are a more efficient choice when you will be in a room for only a few hours and can stay within the line of sight of the heater. Radiant heaters quickly provide heat to those closest to the heater, rather than providing heat for an entire room. An example of a radiant infrared heater is the bird panel from Avitech pictured

above. Convection heaters provide warmth by blowing or pulling air over a heated surface. These heaters are designed to heat an entire room. For convection (non-radiant) space heaters, the best types incorporate a heat transfer liquid, such as oil, in a sealed system that is heated by the electric element. The heat transfer fluid provides some heat storage, allowing the heater to cycle less and to provide a more constant heat source.

Oil-filled radiator heaters are some of the most popular space heaters in the market today, thanks to their effectiveness, energy efficiency, and safety. This system transmits warmth into small areas by heating a special heat-conserving oil that never needs to be replaced. This oil is then circulated throughout the coils of the radiator, which then allows for heat to be distributed throughout the room. Oil heaters produce no fumes or flames and are usually very quiet during operation because they don’t use a fan that drives heated air into the space. They are a low maintenance choice and provide continuous warmth even after its turned off.

Another advantage of an oil-filled radiator heater is that it doesnt dry out the air quite as much as other types of electric heating units. Still, with all heating applications, be aware that the humidity (or lack thereof) can also negatively affect your bird. Oil-filled units take longer to heat a room because they rely on natural convection, but are safe and will not burn when touched and have a very slim chance of catching fire if tipped or pushed over. This is a good choice for areas that need long-term heating. They are convenient because it is safe to leave them unattended for extended periods of time. Furthermore, a reduced level of activity and air movement and will also increase heat output as horizontal temperature layers can form and increase performance. Since the oil remains warm and still radiates heat even after the unit is shut-off they are the most energy efficient design available.

A word of caution: There have been some reports of oil-filled heaters that emit a distinct smell of oil that resulted in “severe headache.” As with any new appliance it is recommended that you “burn in” a new unit outside the living space (out doors or in the garage) for several hours and make sure that there is NO smell when you walk into the room. Be sure to inspect the exterior for damage or pinholes prior to use.

Ceramic heaters are some of the newer convection heaters on the market. A ceramic heater as a consumer product is a space heater that generates heat using a heating element of PTC (Positive Temperature Coeffient) ceramic. Ceramic heaters are usually portable and typically used for heating a room or small office. They are similar to metal-element fan heaters; these heaters have ceramic plates and aluminum baffles. When electricity passes through the ceramic, it is heated. The heat is then absorbed by the aluminum and a fan blows the hot air into your room.

Ceramic heaters are easily portable and give off a great deal of heat from a small box. These heaters tend to be more energy efficient and safer than many heaters, so even though they heat up quickly, their plastic casings stay cool. A great use for this type of fan driven heater would be in a small office or tabletop. Heater fans use a standard metal-coil element that is placed in the fan to help distribute heat to a room. These convection fans provide a minimal source of heat for a small area, but not an entire room. Ceramic heaters reportedly do NOT have teflon coated elements but make sure you confirm this by checking with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) before purchasing.

Micathermic is a new technology that combines both reflective and convection heating technologies, and provides fast heat and instant comfort where it’s needed most. As natural as sunlight, the heater distributes feel-good warmth evenly and consistently throughout the room. A micathermic heating element is a heating element that has made use of the mineral “Mica” associated with other elements. To take advantage of mica mineral, this kind of heating element can supply 99% heat to the air instantly. The main reason is that mica has wide ranges of properties such as electrical and mechanical strength and high temperature stability. The Micathermic heater also is reportedly NOT teflon coated but again, please check with the OEM to confirm prior to purchasing.

The benefits of Micathermic Heaters are they are energy efficient due to built in thermostats. They provide fast and effective heat to a space that is consistent like a convection heat source. The unit allows heat to disperse from the top and both sides to quickly raise ambient room temperatures. Units have a large surface area to fill a room with a maximum amount of heat each time and the housings are durable metal.

The Department of Energy states that space heaters are usually utilized when the primary heating system is insufficient. When it comes to supplementing insufficient heating in a single room or heating a single room, small space heaters can occasionally be less expensive to use. Safety is a top concern when using space heaters. The U. S. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that the use of space heaters causes over 25,000 home fires annually, which in turn cause over 300 fatalities. Additionally, an estimated 6,000 people, mostly in non-fire scenarios, visit hospital emergency rooms to treat burn injuries sustained from coming into contact with room heaters’ hot surfaces.

If drafts are the cause of the chill, relocate the bird to a less drafty area or identify and seal the draft source. If you can’t do that, you might try covering the cage at night and placing a parrot heating panel close to your bird’s perch of rest.

Before placing any portable heater in the bird room, take into account the following information if you STILL feel that your bird is uncomfortable.

Thus, each year as the weather cools off, a flurry of inquiries concerning “safe” means of providing extra heat for those who own birds in their homes come to us. Firstly, assuming your bird is healthy, fully feathered, and the room isn’t drafty, chances are good it will be comfortable without a blanket or sweater if you are. The majority of birds, if in good health, will tolerate temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In this instance, you most likely don’t require any additional heat at all. You might want to add something to raise the temperature while the bird is sleeping if it is plummeted, the room is drafty, or the weather is colder.

Ceramic heaters are compact, highly portable, and produce a lot of heat. Although these heaters heat up quickly, their plastic casings stay cool because they tend to be safer and more energy-efficient than many other heaters. A small office or tabletop would be ideal places for this kind of fan-driven heater. Standard metal-coil elements are inserted into heater fans to aid in the distribution of heat throughout a space. A small space can be minimally heated by these convection fans, but not a whole room. Teflon-coated elements are said to be absent from ceramic heaters, but before making a purchase, make sure you verify this with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

Rather, only buy heat lamps safe for birds from vendors who sell them especially for use with birds. Certain light bulbs on the market are covered in a material that contains PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), a polymer found in nonstick cookware that, when heated to a high temperature, can release harmful fumes. Heat lamps usually use incandescent or infrared incandescent bulbs. Because of its distinctive red light, the infrared bulb warms objects rather than the air around them, keeping birds’ sleep cycles intact.

Additionally, because ceramic heating elements don’t emit light, they don’t interfere with the regular cycle of day and night. The 30-, 60-, 100-, 150-, and 250-watt Pearlco brand infrared heat emitter was created especially for use with animals. Although water splatters won’t break the ceramic, it does heat up quickly and needs to be kept out of the reach of birds. Avi-Tech Exotic Birds (www. avitec. offers Pearlco heating elements, a clamp-on reflector/lamp holder to secure the heating element, and a plug-in dimmer control to adjust power.

Avoid placing cords, switches, heating elements, bulbs, and lighting tubes near birds or other animals as this could lead to electrocution or other injuries. Hot light bulbs may shatter if spattered by water. Move hot or incandescent lightbulbs out of the splash zone for your bird. When used carefully and in accordance with manufacturer instructions, supplemental lighting and heating products are advantageous and safe.

Owners of birds wonder how to heat their homes safely when their pets are around. Some others would like to know how to keep their tropical pets warm in the dead of winter without turning on the heat to 80 degrees throughout the house. There are solutions to both problems.

With regard to our pet birds, using space heaters, gas fireplaces, and other human-oriented winter heating devices can result in tragedies. Certain components of space heaters are coated with polymers that contain polytetrafluroethylene (PTFE), the same material found in nonstick cookware that releases fumes that are lethal to birds when heated. For information about the particular product you’re interested in buying, get in touch with the manufacturers.

FAQ

Are ceramic heat emitters safe for birds?

The main body of the ceramic heat lamp is made of porcelain, which can ensure anti-cracking and work in high humidity areas. It is an ideal 24-hour heat source for small mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, can last for 10,000-15,000 hours or even longer.

Are ceramic heaters safe for pets?

The nature of the ceramic heating element allows for efficient heat transfer without reaching scalding temperatures associated with other types of heaters. This makes them a more practical option, especially in homes with children or pets.

Is Lasko ceramic tower heater bird safe?

A: From Lasko’s FAQ: “We understand that birds are more sensitive than other animals and to our knowledge, Teflon is not found in our products. However, there could be other compounds found in the product that could potentially be harmful to birds. Therefore, we do not recommend the use of our products around birds.”

What is the best heater for an aviary?

If you have an electricity supply in the aviary, a powerful bulb or two (120 watts is good) or a ceramic heat lamp (up to 250 watts) will do the job. These will need heat-proof covers to prevent the birds burning themselves.