Cleaning Up Your Ventilation System
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Cleaning Up Your Ventilation System

When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.


Cleaning Up Your Ventilation System

Four Important Home Heating Safety Tips

Rick Wells

Heating your home is definitely something you should be able to do to ensure that everyone is comfortable in the winter season. Without home heating, it can be difficult to stay warm. However, using a heating system for your home doesn't come without potential dangers. That's why it's important to know these four home heating safety tips so that you can use your heater without worry:

  1. Three-Feet Rule: First off, you should know that all items should be placed at least three feet away from all heating appliances in the home. There should be nothing blocking the vents either, which not only constricts airflow, but can also potentially cause a house fire. This is because as things heat up from the hot air, it can easily heat up enough to catch fire, especially if the item is considered to be flammable. 
  2. Don't Use the Oven: If the heater in your home is not working, do not result to the using the oven to keep your home warm. Keeping the oven on can easily result in a fire or even potentially gas poisoning. Instead, call in the professionals to fix your heater right away. If it is going to take some time before your heating contractor can make it to your home, you could consider using heating blankets or a space heater, just be sure that you do not leave these things on when you are sleeping. Also, be sure your space heater has nothing around it. The same three-feet rule applies here, as well. 
  3. Don't Install a Heater Yourself: Heaters need to be installed in a way that meets city codes. Installing a heater yourself in your home can be dangerous. It's much better to hire a heating contractor to do this for you. If you are worried about costs, a heating contractor can actually help you find the best heating option for your home that is going to save you the most on installation costs. 
  4. Always Test Smoke Alarms: Finally, testing your smoke alarms regularly is very important, especially before winter when you are going to start using your heater more often. Even if you are taking all the steps to use your heater safely, you are still at a greater risk of a house fire when you have the heater on. For this reason, you must test the smoke alarms before winter to ensure that if a fire breaks out, you know right away, which will potentially save you from losing your home. 

When you follow these four important home heating safety tips, you can be sure that using the heating in your home is much more effective and safe for everyone and your home. Click here for additional reading.