October 13, 2016
Heating maintenance will not only guarantee you stay warm during the fall, but also prevent safety hazards from putting the well-being of your family at risk. The safety of your home heating isn’t anything to take lightly. From 2010 to 2012, the U.S. Fire Administration reported over 45,000 home heating fires resulting in deaths, injuries, and millions of dollars lost due to property damage. You may be focused on doing whatever it takes to stay comfortable in your home, but that doesn’t mean you should lose track of what’s keeping you safe. Fires aren’t the only setback you will experience either. There is also the risk of lower property value and frequent calls for heating repair, both due to less-than-safe heating fixtures. Any heating concern should be addressed now, so you avoid all these troubles later in the year.
Why Should You Call Air Tech for Heating Services?
Ensuring 100% safety with your heating system begins with calling Air Tech for service. We have a team of licensed heating contractors ready to provide you with heating services that will keep your home warm and family secure. As far as we’re concerned, the dangers of an unsafe heating system are too costly for any issues to simply go untreated. Our years of experience lends itself greatly to fixing a wide range of heating issues and ensuring even the smallest heating system problems are fixed quickly. But in order for us to do that, you need to call immediately. Waiting later in the season to call for service can mean all the difference in how warm you stay this season. More importantly, it can determine how secure you feel in your home.
7 Helpful Tips for Heating Maintenance
You should plan to call Air Tech for heating this fall, even if it is just for annual maintenance. However, you should also give your heating system a check on your own time as well to guarantee your home remains issue-free. Not sure what to do? Keep reading to find out:
- Turn off Portable Heaters: Portable heaters can provide warm air, no matter where you need it. However, once you’re no longer using them, they need to be shut off. This is especially true of you are leaving the house for the day or going to bed at night. Failure to do so will mean the system will continue to run, resulting in the system overheating and a higher risk of a fire.
- Change and Replace Air Filters: Though furnace filters will regulate air flow, they also can become clogged with dirt and debris. Since this will effectively block air flow, the furnace will work even harder to produce warm air, resulting in poor efficiency and higher energy costs. Changing filters once a month will prevent this situation and further prevent the risk of furnace replacement.
- Keep a Safe Distance from Heating Systems: Highly flammable objects or personal belongings need to be kept 3 feet away from any heating fixtures. If these objects are kept too close, all it would take is one small spark from the furnace to create a huge fire. Also make sure any children in your household are kept at a safe distance as well.
- Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection: Since you will be relying on your heating system during the fall and winter, there is a higher risk of smoke and carbon monoxide leaking from the system. With the risk of home heating fires already high, you should test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly, to ensure they are working properly and can alert you of danger immediately. The tests will help you determine if batteries need to be changed or if detectors need to be replaced entirely.
- Check Electrical Connections: Heating safety hazards may boil down to faulty electrical connections. Though you can give them a closer look, you should avoid fixing them on your own and instead call a professional who will know the proper safety precautions in fixing the problem. A professional will know how to tighten any connections or make any necessary repairs to ensure your furnace does not become a detriment to the level of safety in your home.
- Check Gas Connections: For furnaces or other appliances running on gas, you need to make sure you avoid a gas leak at all costs. It may result in a fire or, worse, an explosion. Before the season begins, the gas line should be checked for any leaks and any necessary gas furnace repairs should be made. With a risk so serious, this is not a step you should take lightly. Even the smallest leak should be worthy of your immediate attention.
- Call for Annual Heating Inspection: It is recommended you call for annual heating maintenance from a heating contractor at Air Tech. An inspection from our team will identify any lingering problems within your heating system and make quick repairs on the spot. This will ensure you avoid hazards, and high heating costs, over the next year.
Don’t Get Caught In The Cold This Fall – Schedule Your Home Heating Maintenance Services Today
Contact Air Tech today if you want to ensure you have safe yet efficient warm air this season thanks to high-quality heating maintenance.