Tips For Your Heating System As The Temperature Begins To Drop
GAINESVILLE - More than 50,000 times a year, that’s the number of fires that FEMA says ignite in residential buildings in the United States because of heating systems. And the temperature is finally beginning to drop. Here are some tips to have a warm but safe winter.
Heating and air conditioning systems can be one of the costliest appliances to fix in a home. But money aside, they can also be the most dangerous. For your safety, now that the cold has set in you want to make sure your heating system is working properly before the cold weather really hits.
As more leaves fall on the ground and trees brace for the winter months ahead, so do the residents of North Central Florida. Not only do they prepare with a blanket on hand but also by turning on the heater.
"Our air conditioning broke a couple of weeks ago so the guy that came down and repaired it said that we had a part that was broken and if we turned on the heating that we might get some carbon monoxide," Richard Burt a Gainesville resident said.
Burt is glad this problem was detected before he actually turned on his heater. Ryan Dollard of Bertie Heating and Air Conditioning says Burt's problem is common among furnace type units. "Those units burn and once they burnt hey shoot carbon monoxide out of the flue pipe... If the flue pipe is clogged or it’s having a situation the carbon monoxide runs into the house and it can kill your family. We call it the silent killer because you can't smell it, you can't taste it and it happens right away," Dollard said.
Whether you have a furnace, chimney or central heater like this one, it should be serviced at least once a year to prevent fire and smoke damage.
Burt says a carbon monoxide detector is something he recently acquired to ensure safety for him and his family. Another suggestion Dollard has is changing your filter as that's something people tend to ignore.
"It is a low cost to make sure that your family is safe and that it's running correctly. Biggest things are making sure that flu pipe, there's no debris on that flu pipe... That the filters are cleaned and checked and also that the safety operations of the system are checked and inspected," Dollard said.
Dollard says before it gets cold, you should turn your heating system on and check out how it's working. If you detect a smoke or burnt smell that may mean something is wrong, like too much dust in the system. That sign should trigger an inspection.
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