A reliable, efficient and effective home heating system is an important part of keeping your Hilton Head Island home comfortable. Like any other system in your home, though, it must be used properly to ensure both dependable and, more importantly, safe operation. Here are some important heater safety tips from the Hilton Head Island heating experts at AAction Air. Enjoy the comfort that your heater brings to your home safely.
- Keep combustibles or any materials that can burn away from heating equipment. It doesn’t matter if you use a fireplace, wood stove, portable space heater or a gas furnace. When heat is present there is always the possibility of fire. Keep the area clear and heat your home safely.
- Do not use your oven to heat your home. It may be an easy way to heat up a drafty kitchen or seem like a good heating supplement, but ovens were not designed to serve as radiant heaters. Save it for cooking dinner.
- Keep kids away from heaters. They may not realize the potential for burns that hot surfaces present. Inform your kids of the danger that heaters and heating elements can present (this applies to ovens as well!).
- Always let a Hilton Head Island heating professional handle any repairs or maintenance service that your home heater needs. Attempting any do-it-yourself projects on your heater creates the opportunity for malfunction, which can lead to the need for expensive repair or the potential for danger.
- Keep up with regular maintenance. Operating a heating system that is not in good working condition not only puts unnecessary strain and wear and tear on your heater but can lead to dangerous conditions.
- Always turn off portable heaters when leaving the house or even the room. Don’t place them in a spot where anything may fall over them. Space heaters are convenient, but left unsupervised can be quite dangerous.
- Stick to the intended fuel source. Never make any substitutions. It’s better to be a little chilly until you can get more fuel than to create a dangerous heating environment.
- Always use a guard screen or doors when burning wood in your fireplace. A fire is very relaxing and a great heat source, but popping embers and shifting logs can cause a fire easily. Make sure ashes are extinguished and, again, keep the kids away.
We hope that these tips are useful to you. Everyone deserves to be warm and comfortable in their home. Keep things safe, enjoy the cold weather, and call AAction Air with anyone heating concerns you have.