In the winter, it’s time to close up the home to ensure we keep our heated air inside and the cold air outside. Sealing up cracks around doors, windows and other openings to the exterior gives another layer of protection to our home’s efficiency. Unfortunately, this airtight envelope can lead to lack of ventilation and unsafe conditions. Learn what you should know about winter home safety.
Is Your Furnace Safe?
Gas- or oil-powered furnaces burn fuel, giving off deadly carbon monoxide as part of the combustion process. If your furnace is operating properly, with exhaust gases properly vented to the outdoors, there’s no cause for worry. You can ensure proper operation and ventilation by scheduling an annual furnace inspection.
Your technician will inspect the following:
- Thermostat and controls
- Lubrication on moving parts
- Draft pipe
- Fan control
- Temperature rise
- Pilot assembly
In addition, the technician will adjust and clean burners for maximum safety and efficiency. The heat exchanger should also be checked for cracks, which can allow carbon monoxide to escape.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
For added safety, install carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of the house. They should be located about 5 feet from the floor, and close to bedrooms. Test them regularly. Replace batteries or tighten electrical connections if needed.
Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless and invisible, so without a monitor, you will not know when it’s accumulated at a dangerous level until someone gets sick.
If you plan to go away for the winter, have someone visit your home every few days to make sure the furnace is working properly. Set the thermostat at around 60 degrees to ensure the house stays warm enough to keep pets comfortable, and to prevent pipes and plants from freezing.
A Wi-Fi thermostat lets you control the temperature in your home from wherever you are. So if you hear of plunging temperatures, you can adjust the thermostat in your home as needed.
To learn more about winter home safety, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors of Monmouth County. We’ve served our customers for three generations.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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