Turning Up the Heat

As the leaves turn and the cooler weather creeps in, you’re getting ready to fire up your home’s heating system. Whether it’s a furnace, fireplace, or central heating unit, our heating systems play a vital role in keeping us snug throughout winter. But before enjoying the warmth, it’s crucial to know that safety goes hand in hand with comfort. Did you know that heating equipment is among the leading causes of house fires in the U.S.? Heating equipment caused one in six of the home structure fires that took place in 2016–2020. 

The good news is that there are several ways to prevent heating system-related fires from occurring. In this blog, we’ll offer practical tips to ensure that your home stays warm and safe all season long. 

  • Check for Maintenance
    Regular maintenance is crucial for heating systems. It ensures efficiency, extends the system’s lifespan, and identifies safety hazards. If you have yet to have a recent professional inspection, schedule one to keep your system running smoothly and safely.
  • Change Filters
    Changing or cleaning air filters in forced-air systems is essential. Clogged filters restrict airflow, reducing system efficiency and increasing energy costs. Regular maintenance ensures proper air circulation, improves indoor air quality, and extends the system’s life.
  • Clear Vents and Registers
    Ensure that vents and registers are free from obstructions to ensure proper airflow.
  • Test Carbon Monoxide Detectors
    Use working carbon monoxide detectors and regularly test them for safety.
  • Avoid Fire Hazards
    Keep flammable items away from heating sources, such as space heaters and radiators.
  • Ensure Proper Ventilation
    Double-check that heating systems have proper ventilation and aren’t obstructed, as poor ventilation can lead to overheating and increased fire risk.

A safe season is a happy season. Take the necessary precautions to ensure your home stays hazard-free this winter!

Eric Hughes