Essential Home Heating Tips to Keep Your Georgia Home Safe

Great home heating tips to keep you and your family happy and healthy this winter.

Now that winter is here, all of us in the Atlanta area are starting to crank up our home heating systems. Safety must be your first priority and to help you keep your family safe, we offer 5 basic recommendations that can help your holiday and winter stay wonderful and incident free.

  1. Keep adequate spacing between flammables and your furnaces, radiators, space heaters, fireplaces and central heating systems. Drapery, curtains, toys, paper products and other items that can ignite should be kept at least 3 feet away from your heating sources.
  2. Get your heating system inspected at least once a year. We mention this in almost every blog posts about home heating and AC because it is so important to keeping your family safe and systems working efficiently and properly. While our team remains one of the very best in Georgia for helping you maintain and get the best out of your home heating and cooling systems, we are more concerned with you getting you equipment inspected than who you choose to do the work. Get your system inspected for the safety of you and your family. If you at any time suspect a gas leak in your home, leave immediately and call the gas company remotely.
  3. Install an adequate number of carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors. Most fatal fires occur between 11pm and 6am, while most families are sleeping. CO reaching dangerous levels is imperceptible by the victims. The advance warning that comes with CO and smoke detectors can thus mean the difference between life and death.If you have detectors installed in your home, check them for proper functionality today and install new batteries at least once a year. According to the National Fire Protection Association, CO detectors and smoke detectors should be installed outside of each sleeping area and inside each bedroom in a house and on each level of the house (including the basement). They should be mounted on high ceilings and at least 10 feet away from cooking appliances to minimize false alarms.Do not install them near windows, doors or ducts where drafts could interfere with their operation.
  4. Always follow the instructions from the manufacturer. This will ensure that you’re using the right kind of fuel and that you are using the systems within their specifications.
  5. Never leave space heaters, ovens or fireplaces alone unattended. Any of these can cause sparks when can lead to fires should they malfunction. If you need to leave the room, turn off your oven or heater. Put out the fire or close the fireplace doors.

About Georgia Mechanical, Inc.

Georgia Mechanical is located in Buford, GA and provides heating and air conditioner installation, air conditioner repairs, and air conditioner (HVACR) maintenance for all residents and businesses in the greater Atlanta metro area. Visit our website to find out more about us, and check out the many other posts on our blog for tips, recommendations and industry insights.  To speak with an HVACR professional about your specific heating and cooling needs, please send us an email using the contact form to the right, or call us at 770-614-9214.