Four Tips To Keep Your Family Safe When Heating Your Home This Winter

As the weather begins to become cold, you will be using your heating more often. You may have gas or use a stove or fireplace. With home heating systems, there are also dangers that can cause fires, smoke and gas problems. It is important that you are safe when using your home heating systems. Here are some tips to ensure you and your family are warm and safe this winter:

1. Keep Clutter Far Away From Any Heat Sources

Many homes have clutter stored in corners, which can sometimes be near heat sources. If you have items stored near the furnace, keep it a safe distance away to prevent fire. This will also help to make it easier to do emergency maintenance. In addition, keep clutter away from other sources of heat, such as radiators, fireplaces, stoves and boilers.

2. Clean And Inspect Exhaust Pipes And Chimneys Regularly

The exhaust pipes and chimneys of heating systems can have a resin that builds up on the walls. This is a combination of ash, soot and other fuel byproducts. If you do not have these areas cleaned, it can be a fire hazard. You should have a chimney-sweep clean the exhaust pipes and chimneys in your home regularly to reduce fire risks.

3. Having Your Heating System Serviced And Inspected Regularly

It is also important to service your heating system regularly. A technician can check all the components of your furnace to ensure that there are no problems. They can also check the flow of air and exhaust to ensure that there are no dangerous gases escaping into your home. When servicing is done, they can also inspect and clean fuel system to ensure they are working safely and correctly.

4. Always Use Fuels That Your Heating System Was Designed For

Heating systems can use many different fuels. Modern systems often use natural gas, but can also use heating oil and other forms of fuel. If your system does not use natural gas, do not use fuels that were not designed for your system. This can cause problems with your system, as well as hazards, such as oil creating problems with debris building up on different parts of your system.

These are some tips to help keep you and your family safe as you use you heating this winter. If you need help with maintenance and repairs to your heating system, contact an HVAC contractor from a company like Arlington Heating & Air Conditioning to ensure your system is working properly.  

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