Home Heating Safety Tips

Heating is the second leading cause of home fires, surpassed only by cooking. Home heating fires can result in devastating losses, injuries and even death. Keep your house, your family and yourself safe with these helpful tips.

Keep up with furnace maintenance

Regular HVAC maintenance is one of the best ways to prevent accidents from occurring. During your appointment, your equipment goes through control checks to ensure it’s working safely and is cleaned thoroughly to prevent buildup that can lead to fires. Carbon monoxide levels are also checked.

Test your detectors

Speaking of carbon monoxide, you should have both carbon monoxide and smoke detectors installed on every floor of your home at a minimum. Be sure to check that these detectors are functioning correctly and change the batteries periodically. These detectors could save your life by alerting you of problems with your furnace, such as a carbon monoxide leak, before you are harmed.

Change your filter

Change your filter every 2-3 months, or more often depending on the type of filter and the equipment that you have. A filter that has collected too much debris or dust can cause your furnace to overheat and catch on fire.

Clean up the space around the equipment

Keep anything that could catch on fire or melt away from your heating equipment. Pay special attention to remove extremely flammable items such as paper, wood, cardboard and gasoline from the area.

Minimize the use of space heaters

Space heaters pose a variety of dangers including overheating, tipping and more. If you absolutely must use a space heater, make sure to use it safety by keeping it on a flat surface away from drapes and bedding, ensuring you plug it directly into the wall and remembering to turn it off whenever you leave the room.

Be smart when using your fireplace

If you utilize a fireplace to add heat to your home, make sure it has a sturdy screen in front of it to prevent sparks from flying out. Before lighting a fire, make sure your chimney is clean and free of buildup. Let ashes cool completely before putting them into a metal container, not a plastic or paper one. Never leave a fire unattended and always keep a functioning extinguisher close to the fireplace.

Educate your family

Discuss home heating safety with your family, especially if you have young kids. Warn them about the dangers of getting too close to your fireplace or furnace and discuss what to do in case of a fire.

Do you have any heating safety tips you practice at your home? Share with us in the comments section below!

Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Problems with Installing an Oversized Furnace

When it comes to installing a new furnace, size matters. You may think bigger is better, but it’s entirely possible (and all too common!) to install a furnace that’s too large for your home. This will lead to wasted money and energy, and may present a handful of other problems, such as:

Unnecessary installation costs

If your home isn’t equipped to handle a larger furnace, you may have to pay additional installation costs in order to make the necessary space, move connections or change ductwork.

Short cycling

If a furnace is too big or powerful for the home it’s installed in, it will heat up the home quickly and turn off prematurely, cycling on and off all day and night long. This is called “short cycling.” While shorter heating cycles may seem like a good thing, the wear and tear that short cycling puts on your equipment can lead to a shorter furnace lifespan, unnecessary repairs and higher energy costs.

Uncomfortable temperature

Because short cycling causes the equipment to turn off before it’s truly done heating your home, it can lead to uncomfortable living conditions and uneven heating issues. You also may find that you’re too hot when the furnace is running and too cool when it’s off. Properly sized equipment will heat gradually over time, ensuring even and comfortable temperatures throughout your home.

Higher energy bills

Installing a new, efficient furnace should decrease your energy usage and utility bills. However, your furnace uses the most energy when it’s turning on and off, and if it’s short cycling all day, you may find that your energy bills are actually higher!

So, how do you make sure that you are choosing the correctly sized furnace for your home? Work with a trusted HVAC company who will carefully help you select the right furnace for your heating needs and install it for maximum running efficiency.

If you’re looking for a new furnace in Akron or Canton, Ohio, contact the NATE certified experts at Crown Group Ohio!