Although we’ve had a mild winter in San Diego, it looks like we’ve got a few more chilly nights ahead. It’s important to keep warm but to do so while also knowing how to protect your home against potential heating system accidents. In San Diego, heating systems are often not at the forefront of our minds, but many homes do use them, particularly at night.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 53,600 reported U.S. home structure fires in 2011, with associated losses of 400 civilian deaths, 1,520 civilian injuries, and $893 million in direct property damage. Thankfully, with the proper safety precautions, you can keep your home and family perfectly safe and warm.
1. Create a buffer around your heating system.
Keep the space surrounding your heating system clear of debris or storage items.
Placing things that can burn too close to heating equipment (or placing heating equipment, such as space heaters, too close to items that can burn) was the leading factor contributing to ignition in fatal home heating fires and accounted for more than half (53%) of 2011 home heating fire deaths.
2. San Diego Heater Repair: Annual Maintenance Matters
Regardless of how often you use your heating system, your HVAC system needs to be inspected and have routine maintenance at least one time each year.
In fact, most accidents involving heating systems happen either because the heater has been misused or because the system was neglected. Just like your teeth or your car, your HVAC system needs regular maintenance. Having an annual furnace safety inspection and tune-up performed by a qualified professional is one of the best and simplest things you can do to protect your home from heating system accidents.
Even better, regular maintenance means your heater and air conditioning system will perform at their peak efficiency, saving you money on monthly bills AND your system will last longer!
3. Make sure your furnace is ventilated properly!
This is very important to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Your heating system requires proper ventilation to properly burn gas and produce heat. Improper ventilation suffocates the system, preventing fresh air from entering the space and, as a result, can cause carbon dioxide to accumulate in your home at dangerous levels…and you likely wouldn’t even know until it’s too late.
Alternately, malfunctioning waste air ventilation systems can reduce the indoor air pressure, causing flue gas to spill back into your home by reversing the flow of the exhaust fumes. The placement and size of your ductwork and vents are extremely important and should be installed by a trusted and licensed HVAC contractor.
Keep your home safe and warm by properly maintaining your heating system and the surrounding space. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an annual furnace tune-up, give us a call or request an HVAC appointment online.