Top 5 Home Heating System Safety Tips

When you wake up in the morning and feel a bit of a chill in the air or you find that you have to scrape frost off of your windshield on the way to work, these are signs pointing to the fact that winter is on its way. This means that rather than relying on your air conditioner to keep the rooms in your home at a comfortable temperature, it’s now time to switch over to the heat.

And to make sure that you and your family are protected while you use your home heating system, we wanted to provide you with five home heating system safety tips below:

Keep clutter out of the way of your fireplace. If you’re someone who has a fireplace in your living room, not only is it a great way to keep that area warm but it’s beautiful to look at as well. Just remember that you need to keep as much clutter out of the front of the fireplace as possible so that someone will not trip and lean into its direction. Also, for extra safe measure, place a screen in front of the fireplace too.

Move furniture (and drapes) away from your built-in radiators. Do you live in an older home? If so, you might have the kind of radiators that are actually built into the wall. While they can provide a great amount of heat, if your furniture or drapes get too close, it could actually start a fire, so make sure to move both them both out of your radiators’ way.

Turn off your stove at night. A simple way to make your house a few temperatures warmer is to turn on your stove (between 300-350 degrees) and slightly crack it open. Just remember that if you have small children or pets to put a protective fence blocking them from entering into the kitchen and that you also turn the stove off (and close it) at night.

Have your furnace and water heater professionally serviced. Thanks to all of the information on that’s on the internet, you can read about all kinds of things like how to clean your fireplace, theĀ pros and cons of air source heat pumps and also why you should look into getting a tankless water heater. However, in order to make sure that your furnace and water heater are working at an optimal level, it’s important to get them both professionally serviced once a year. Although it might be tempting to use a DIY article to take care of these things yourself, it really is safer if a technician does it instead. The same thing goes for heating systems that need to be cleaned too.

Upgrade your heaters. Whether you have a kerosene heater or an electric space heater, it’s a good idea to replace them with newer models from time to time. When it comes to kerosene heaters, if they are rusty, that’s your cue that it’s time to get another one. And electric space heaters? Typically they need to be replaced about every three years. For more information on how to get the kind of heaters that are best for you, contact a home improvement store in your area.

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