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Safety Tips For Heating Options In Your Home

Safety Tips For Heating Options In Your Home

When the weather gets colder, people need to start using their heat. It is important to understand the heating options you have for your home.

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Heating Sarasota, FL

With the Florida weather getting colder, many people are utilizing their heat. Whether you have an HVAC system or portable heater, you should always think about safety. In the blink of an eye, your house could be overcome by a burning blaze from something which could have been prevented. There are many factors to take into consideration when purchasing heating options for your home. Do you have smoke alarms installed around your home? Can they detect levels of carbon monoxide poisoning? Fortunately, many tragedies are preventable. It only takes a little education to protect your family and your home. Learning how to identify potentially hazardous situations is what will protect you and your home. Safety Should Always Come First. Safety and protection is crucial when it comes to a heating emergency. There are no rules to follow, however, these guidelines will help protect yourself and your home from preventable fire hazards. Listed below are a few examples of heating options. We will discuss the proper usage and prevention you can have with all heating options.

General Safety

  • DO NOT use your kitchen stove top or oven to heat your home. This is a severe fire hazard.
  • If you don't already have them, install smoke alarms that have a battery back up. You should have one installed for every floor in your home. We recommend that you test your alarms once every three months.
  • Ventilation is very important when handling flames, fire places or candles. We recommend that you open a window or a door to help circulate the air.
  • Always remember to turn off heating options before leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • If you smell gas in your home, leave immediately. Do not use flammable items. We recommend that you contact your local fire department.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.

Electric Space Heaters

  • Children should not have direct access to any type of portable heater, whether electric or fuel powered.
  • Space heaters need their own space. Everything should be kept at least 3 feet away.
  • NEVER refill your space heater while it is on and operating or currently hot.
  • For any type of portable heater, check if it is equipped with "tip switches." Tip switches are designed to automatically turn off the heating element if the heater were to fall over. This safety switch protects your home and fabrics from catching fire.
  • Extension cords are not ideal for portable heaters. They should be plugged directly into the electrical outlet to prevent potential fire issues.
  • Your portable heater should have a thermostat control. This will prevent the heater from getting to a high degree of heat.
  • Always unplug the portable heater if not in use.
  • Use the correct type of fuel, specified by the manufacturer.

Fireplaces:

  • Your fireplace should be protected with glass doors or metal screens. This helps prevent hot ashes from igniting fabrics or other combustible items in your home. It is common to see sparks from the fire as well.
  • Do not use charcoal, for outdoor grills, in a fireplace. They will release odorless toxins and carbon monoxide into the air.
  • Clean your fireplace and chimney annually. Just like your air conditioning system, you should have an annual inspection.
  • Always have the damper open prior to lighting a fire.
  • Do not burn paper, trash or other items in your fireplace. These materials will cause buildup in your fire pit, which could be difficult to control.
  • Do not go to bed with the fireplace still lit. The fire should be completely extinguished before leaving the room.

Generators:

  • Always use your generator outdoors. Be sure the area is open and dry.
  • Carbon monoxide buildup can be preventable. Keep the generator away from windows, doors and air vents.
  • Do not use your generator while it's raining.
  • Cool down the generator before refueling. Look for spilled gasoline on the engine parts. This could cause a fire.
  • We recommend that you follow the manufacturer's instructions. This will provide information and directions on how to use and maintain the generator.
  • Plug directly into the generator. For appliances or other heavy duty machines, plug into generator instead of a regular extension cord. However, you can use an outdoor-rated extension cord that had watts or amps equal to the connected appliances.

It's always nice to come home to a warm cozy house on a cool day. With these heating options, there are many ways to provide heat for your family. Safety is important when dealing with heating elements. If you are not careful when handling these heating devices, you could lose control of the situation. Educate yourself and always talk to your air conditioning company...If you have any questions regarding heating, call AC Today. A technician will be glad to discuss the heating options you have and what will work best with your HVAC system. It is always better to be prepared.

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Identifying Common Heating Repair Issues

Identifying Common Heating Repair Issues

Identifying heating repair issues is very important. AC Today is specialized in heating repair and can assist you with your service.

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Heating Repair Sarasota, FL

At some point in time, we all end up dealing with heating repair issues. That is why it is important to become aware of common heating issues you may face. For many homeowners with older systems, you may already be familiar with a few of these common issues. However, if you are currently experiencing any of the issues we are about to discuss, feel free to contact AC Today so we can schedule an appointment with you.

Electrical and Mechanical
Electrical issues can be a common occurrence with HVAC systems. That is because electrical components make up most of the system. These issues can not only affect the performance, but could completely shut down the heater. Don't wait until the cool air comes around to have your heat inspected. A mechanical issues could also be due to constant cycling. If you notice your heat is cycling off and on frequently, that is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Higher Bills
To lower the heating repair costs, have your system routinely inspected. If you are noticing an increase on your statements, that is a good indication there is an issue. It costs more money to heat your home instead of cool it down. However, there should not be a substantial difference.

Hot and Cold Spots
This is a great indication of an air distribution issue. If it happens within the same zone, it may be due to improper ductwork, registers or vent sizes, etc. If it happens in different zones, it may be due to your thermostat. Either way, it is a common heating repair issue that can be easily fixed.

Air Flow
This is a common issue with HVAC systems. Improper air flow can be a result from defective fan motors, worn out bearings and even belts. A good indication of these issues would be an overheating system or improper heating controls.

Blown Fuse or Breaker
Fuses are what protects your systems, motor or compressor from drawing too much power. The main fuses are located in the electrical panel, there are also low voltage fuses located inside of the air handler. If a motor or compressor is starting to go bad, the first inspection should normally be conducted at the fuse/breaker box. Without improperly sized fuses, your system may not function properly. Fuses can normally fail due to loose lug connections, age, faulty electrical component, an electrical storm surge or simply by being loose. A breaker will result with the same issue. If your breaker is flipped off, try flipping it back on. If it pops back off, there is an electrical problem.

Thermostat
Another more common heating repair issue revolves around the device that controls it. Your thermostat helps control and determine how much heat that is needed to produce the temperature desired. There are many issues that can come from your thermostat if it is not properly functioning. It will be harder to have a maintained temperature around the entire home.

Insufficient Heating
It is important to take care of your system during all seasons, warm and cool. Failure to maintain your system could result in heating issues when you need it most. Clogged filters, musty odors, setting off fire alarms or a burning smell in your home can be situations that can arise from lack of maintenance. A maintenance check is a very simple service that can minimize potential problems

Preventative Maintenance
By far, maintenacne is the most important service you can have for your system. Without proper maintenance, heating repairs could be expected. It is important to think about the longevity of your heating system. Heating repair can be costly if issues are let unchecked. Don't wait until you need warm air to schedule your maintenance check.

Normal Breakdown
Wear and tear go hand in hand with heating repair. Everything over time will naturally decrease in many ways. Whether it is performance, functions or components, wear and tear will occur. But how does this affect your system? Without proper components working together, you will have heating repair issues.

Air Filters
Ironically, this is the cheapest heating repair issue to fix. There is no difference with air flow when it comes to warm or cool air coming from your system, the system needs to breath. You should always change your air filters on a regular basis to improve the efficiency of your system. A dirty or clogged filter will also restrict the warm air flow around your home. This will reduce the overall output of air, could make the heater overheat and trip a breaker/fuse and put undo wear and tear on your blower motor. Unfortunately, the simplest thing you can do, is the most fequently overlooked.

It is important to identify common heating repair issues. Knowing the difference between the good and the bad with your system is what will help you. The longer you wait to call your air conditioning company, the more the issues could escalate. AC Today recommends that all heating repairs be preformed by a trained technician. As simple as an issue may seem, there could be potential hazards to both you and your HVAC system. Please leave your heating repair issues in the hands of your professionally trained air conditioning company

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