Furnaces, hot air systems, and radiant heat are just a few of the different types of heating systems your home can have. And, sometimes people use supplemental heating systems like fireplaces, space heaters, or ovens. Each system might deliver heat differently, but one thing they all have in common is safety rules. Regardless of how you heat your home, there are certain safety precautions that need to be followed. One of the most common causes of home fires is from heating systems, which is why following safety tips is so important.
1. Have your furnace tuned-up before winter.
Having a professional check that the electrical components of your furnace are safe and working properly is important for safety and for the quality of your airflow. It's especially important before winter time, since it will be working hard to heat your home for the months to come.
2. Have a carbon monoxide detector in the same room as your furnace.
While it's important to have carbon monoxide detectors all over, having one in the same room as your furnace is especially important. If your furnace were to malfunction, it could trap carbon monoxide, which is lethal.
3. Have a professional chimney sweep at least once a year.
Wood-burning fireplaces can create a build-up of creosote in your chimney, which could lead to chimney fires. An annual sweep will get rid of any residual build-up.
4. Make sure your space heater is laboratory tested.
Space heaters that have been laboratory tested must meet specific safety requirements that can help prevent fires. Never leave your space heater unattended, and always turn it off when leaving the house or going to bed.
5. Don't use an oven to heat your home.
Because ovens weren't meant for heating homes, using them for this purpose can cause a build-up of carbon monoxide in your home. Not only is this dangerous, but using an oven to heat your home is ineffective because the oven doesn't have the ability to make the heat circulate.
Heating systems, like those from Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., provide everyone the warmth they desire during those cold winter months. Unfortunately, however, accidents with heating systems happen all too often. Following safety tips is the best thing you can do to prevent home fires from occurring. In addition to following safety tips, always make sure your smoke alarms are up to par by checking them regularly.