Heating maintenance is an essential part of the fall if you want to live comfortably and safely. While the declining outdoor temperatures make warm air in your home more urgent than ever, you also need to make sure you avoid a home heating fire. The U.S. Fire Administration reported 45,000 home heating fires between 2010 and 2012. In addition, these fires brought on 155 deaths, 625 injuries, and $351 million dollars in property damage. It’s not hard to imagine that many of these fires could have been avoided if homeowners simply stayed on top of maintaining their heating system. If you want to avoid becoming just another number in statistics, you need to be attentive to your heating needs before you engage in any fun fall activities. With stats of home heating disasters so high, even the smallest heating issue warrants extra attention. Like the old saying goes, safety first.
Why Should You Call for Heating Maintenance?
You may be thinking to yourself, “Well, where can I go for help?” In that case, you should make Cranney Home Services for your first choice for any heating maintenance this season. We understand just like everyone else how essential a steady flow of warm air can be to a home during the fall and winter, but we also don’t want to see homeowners lose track of their own safety. That’s why our maintenance services aim to strike the right balance between heating efficiency and heating safety. You can’t enjoy a steady flow of warm with the risk of a fire looming over you, but thankfully our team of heating contractors will make any necessary repairs to ensure your safety. With our assistance, you can take greater comfort in your home heating knowing your family will be kept safe.
The 8 Most Helpful Tips for Heating Maintenance
You may also be inclined to do your share around the house in maintaining a high level of heating maintenance. However, plenty of homeowners out there do not even know where to begin. If you’re one of them, here are 8 heating maintenance tips we recommend:
- Don’t Heat Your Home With an Oven: You will be using your oven to cook yourself some hot meals during the colder months, right? If so, great. Just make sure food is the only thing you heat with the oven. Some homeowners will make the mistake of heating their entire home with it, resulting in a higher risk of fires or even carbon monoxide exposure. Rely on your furnace instead, and keep the oven strictly for dinner time.
- Establish 3 Feet of Clearance from Heating Systems: Keeping a 3 feet of distance from any heating fixtures will reduce the chance of home heating fires. It is especially important that any flammable objects are kept away, as one small spark from a furnace onto these objects could easily create a fire. Also establish a safe distance for children so they can avoid any harm.
- Consider a Chimney Sweep: A buildup of creosote and soot can form within your chimney, proving the perfect recipe for a fire. This why it is important to have your chimney inspected annually by a licensed professional who can sweep it and inspect it for any damage that would further put your safety in jeopardy.
- Replace Air Filters: Your furnace’s filters can become clogged with dirt and debris, which will only force the furnace to work harder. This will not only increase the risk of fire, but also damage the system itself and increase energy consumption. Inspecting and replacing filters regularly will go a long way in ensuring safe and should be a must-do during a furnace tune-up.
- Keep Your Vents Clean: Home heating fires are not the only way your well-being will be at risk this season. You also need to watch out for poor indoor air quality, especially with ventilation. Ventilation systems are more likely to build up with dust and allergens if they are not cleaned by a professional. For any allergy or asthma sufferers, this may be the worst, as the allergens will spread throughout the home and make it difficult to catch fresh air.
- Turn off Portable Heaters: If you’re looking for instant warm air, portable heaters are your best bet. However, please remember to shut them off after every use so they avoid becoming overheated. It’s crucial to shut them off if you are leaving the house or before you fall asleep at night.
- Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection: The risk of a home heating fire heightens during the colder months, when reliability on heating systems strengthens. Unfortunately, this can also give way to problems like smoke or harmful gasses emitting from the system. If you want to avoid a scary situation, you should test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to ensure they continue to alert you at the first sign of a problem.
- Call Cranney Home Services for Heating Repair: You should be calling for professional inspection of your heating system at least once a year. Our heating contractors can closely examine your furnace and make any home heating repairs if they see a problem area. Calling us annually will save you long-term money on heating bills and guarantee a safer home for the next year.
Don’t Let The Cold Sneak Up On You – Schedule Your Heating Maintenance Service Today
Contact Cranney Home Services today if you want to enjoy the fall hazard-free thanks to our comprehensive heating maintenance!
Cranney Home Services has over 30 years of experience in home and business service contracting. We are committed to providing a superior standard in residential services in plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical that has not been available in this area until now.
Our heating and cooling technicians, plumbers and electricians are licensed, uniformed and professional. They are trained to respect and protect your home and property, even going as far as putting on booties before entering your home and rolling out a protective carpet that covers the work area. Serving you well is important to us! Our customer service representatives will personally follow up with you, upon completion of the work, to make sure that everything was accomplished to your satisfaction.