The U.S. Fire Administration reports that fires related to home heating, cooking and holiday decorating are the leading risks associated with winter home safety. Although Coastal Bend winters don’t pose the same hazards that they do in colder climates, it’s still important to address safety issues.
Prioritize the Heating System
The furnace should be inspected by a professional HVAC contractor at the beginning of the heating season to lower the chances it could malfunction. Although gas furnaces are inherently safe, they require periodic maintenance to keep them so.
During routine maintenance, the HVAC technician will clean and adjust it, along with verifying the function of all its safety switches. The fuel-to-air ratio needs to be adjusted, the burner cleaned, and the ignition system tested.
The ductwork will be checked for air leaks that can pull dust and dirt into your home from the areas through which they run. If you use vented gas appliances, ductwork leaks can also pull carbon monoxide (CO) into your home’s air.
As a homeowner, make it a point to check the furnace’s air filter monthly and change it when it’s dirty. Too much dust on the filter slows the airflow through the furnace that presents a winter home safety hazard.
Although heating with a heat pump doesn’t pose the same issues that a furnace does, it too needs professional attention for optimal efficiency and safety.
Inspect the Water Heater
Test the pressure release valve for the water heater. If it doesn’t release any water when pressed, contact a licensed plumber who will change this part to prevent a water heater explosion.
Checking the Detectors
Smoke and CO detectors are only as good as their batteries, and it’s important to check the latter monthly if it’s battery-powered. CO detectors use more energy than smoke detectors that should be checked several times a year.
Minimize the risks to winter home safety by tending to your heating system and checking the detectors. To learn more about seasonal maintenance and its benefits, contact CCAC, Inc., providing trusted HVAC services for Coastal Bend homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 361-678-2495.
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