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Things to Know About Your Home Heating System

When it comes to a comfortable home during the winter months, heat is high on the list of desired amenities. But heating systems can become a serious problem if they’re not maintained correctly. Make sure you’re not only getting the most out of your heating system but keeping your home and family safe with these tips from ABCO.

Fire

Fire is one of the most obvious dangers of a problematic heating system. Yearly maintenance is the first thing to do to help prevent fire hazards with your heating system.  Make sure your heating system is maintained by someone who knows what they’re doing. Getting your heating system in order should be something you do at the start of every winter season, if not before. The same goes for fireplaces and chimneys; have these inspected every year.

Gas leaks can lead to dangerous situations both from inhalation and from the potential of this flammable gas causing an explosion or fire. Natural gas is colorless and odorless, but the gas company adds a chemical that makes it smell like sulfur or rotten eggs. If you notice this smell, call your gas company or 911 and leave the house immediately.

If you use portable heaters or space heaters, be careful not to leave them running while you’re not there. And make sure not to leave heaters like this on overnight.

Carbon Monoxide

You’ll also want to be mindful of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the silent killer and any type of combustion process can produce this colorless, odorless gas. Regular maintenance for your heating systems and a carbon monoxide detector can help keep your family safe.

Water Damage

You may not think about your heating system causing water damage, but if your home is heated by hot water, broken pipes can leak and cause major damage. And damaged or missing radiator valves can cause steam to leak out, which can cause severe burns. You’ll want to make sure you drain your boiler periodically to help prevent leaks from acidity and water impurities.

Further Protection

Regular maintenance and some common sense can go a long way to keep your home’s heating system operating safely. But there’s always the chance for something to go wrong. You can further protect your home and possessions with an insurance plan. You never know when disaster may strike, but with a homeowner’s insurance plan from ABCO, you can rest assured that you’ll be covered. Contact us today to find a plan that suits your needs!

 

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