Winter Safety Tips for Heating Appliances

fireplaceIf you live on the East Coast, you most likely already switched from AC to heat. The nights keep getting cooler and it’s probably not long until the first snow. While central air heating is a great way to keep your house warm during winter, many people find it rather expensive.

To lower the bill, we use portable space heaters, fireplaces, heated blankets and other alternative means of heating. Discount Appliance Repair is here today to make sure your efforts to stay warm don’t put your safety at risk.

 

Fireplace

If the fireplace hasn’t been used in a while, it’s a good idea to have the chimney inspected and cleaned. It can get clogged over the years or get blocked by unfortunate birds and small critters that get stuck. Once the fireplace and chimney are clean, you can start a fire. Follow these simple safety tips to avoid any injuries:

-      Don’t use flammable liquids to start or feed the fire.

-      Cover the fireplace with a special screen to prevent sparks from landing on your floor and furniture.

-      Don’t build a fire that is too big for the fireplace.

-      Don’t burn charcoal indoors as it tends to emit poisonous gasses.

-      Close the damper only after the ashes have cooled down or dispose of hot ashes carrying them far away from the house.

-      Don’t leave the fire burning overnight if no one is attending to it.

Furnace

Before the heating season begins, invite your local Virginia air conditioning repair professional to examine your furnace.  Have it repaired or replaced if necessary, but don’t attempt fixing it yourself. Also have the expert look over pipes and pipe seams to make sure they are tight and don’t have any carbon monoxide leaks.

Electric Space Heaters

Although it’s tempting and comforting, don’t fall asleep with a working space heater. If anything happens, you won’t be able to promptly react to an emergency. Instead, preheat the room prior to going to bed and keep the doors closed at night to hold the warmth in.

Place the heater in a spot where the hot airstream is not blocked by anything. You don’t want it to overheat and malfunction. Also, make sure it’s plugged directly into the wall socket and not via an extension cord.  Overloaded extension cord can easily start the fire. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safe use.

Other fire safety tips:

-      Make sure every level of your home is equipped with a smoke alarm in a good working condition.

-      Never use heaters the way they are not intended to be used, such as for drying clothes.

-      Never use gas stove as a heater keeping it on for a long period of time.

-      Don’t use heating pads and blankets that are more than 10 years old.

-      Supervise pets and small children around heaters and fireplaces.

-      Know where the fire extinguisher is and how to use it.

-      Have an emergency evacuation plan.

Contact Discount Appliance Repair to schedule seasonal tune up for your HVAC system:(703) 824-3600.