It is no secret that our winters can feel brutal and create road hazards. Beyond travel delays, however, the freezing temperatures can lead to safety issues in the home. Here are winter home safety tasks to tackle to make sure your home and its occupants have a safer winter season.
Have Your Furnace Checked
A heating system maintenance check is best done before heating season begins, but having your heating checked at any time in the winter is better than avoiding it. Your technician will make sure the system is running safely and will take care of maintenance tasks such as cleaning inside the furnace.
Change the Filter
If you let the air filters get clogged with debris, HVAC system components can become coated in dust. This can cause some safety issues, such as interfering with the correct functioning of burners.
Install and Check Carbon Monoxide Detectors
CO detectors should always be among the top winter home safety tasks on your list. Now is the time to make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in the home are working. Often this only involves pushing a test button on each one.
If you haven’t already installed CO detectors in your home, don’t put it off. Remember that carbon monoxide has no taste or smell and can easily rise to dangerous levels before anyone in the house understands what is going on. Detectors alert you to the presence of this poisonous gas, giving you time to get to safety.
Prevent Burst Pipes
Frozen pipes don’t always lead to bursting, but you don’t want to risk it. Burst pipes can cause costly water damage to the home, which can also create many safety hazards. Here are a few ways to prevent this.
- Insulate all pipes that run through unheated areas
- Drain and shut off outdoor faucets
- Open taps when weather drops below freezing. This won’t always prevent freezing in pipes but it will help to relieve some of the pressure and can prevent bursting.
To learn more about winter home safety, please contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about winter home safety and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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