Heaters & Fireplaces – What You Need To Check Now
It’s rather cool across Acadiana this morning. The temperatures are expected to get even colder by the time mid week rolls around. You are going to want to feel the warmth of your space heater, central heat or fireplace I’m sure.
There is always a danger that occurs with the first cool snap of the year and that danger is fire. Most of those fires could be prevented with a preseason check by you or a heating professional.
Gas Fireplaces- Gas fireplaces don’t require quite the extensive preseason check that wood burning fireplaces do. However it is recommended that you have your gas fireplace serviced annually. This allows for a good cleaning and inspection and is great for piece of mind. If your gas fireplace has a glass screen built in, you should not remove it.
Wood Burning Fireplaces- The biggest issue with wood burning fireplaces is the build up of deposits in the chimney. Chimney fires are dangerous and deadly and they are caused by the deposits in the chimney igniting. The best way to prevent chimney fire is to have your chimney cleaned. You’d be surprised at the other things your chimney can become full of during the off season months. Birds, bees, raccoons and opossums have been known to find the shelter and security of an unused chimney to be quite the home sweet home.
Central Heating- The most obvious thing that a homeowner can do for any central system is change the filter. When was the last time you changed your filter? If you can’t remember then you need to change it. You will save a lot of money if you do. It is recommended especially for homes with allergy sufferers to have the air ducts swept and vacuumed on a regular basis. This will also help rid your home of that annoying burning dust smell too. It’s always a good idea to run the heater a little bit every month, even in the Summer. This will help removed the build up of dust in the system. It will also insure that your pilot light is on and functioning if you have a gas system.
Space Heaters- They sit at the feet of almost every female’s desk in Acadiana. There is nothing worse than cold feet and nothing that can be a potential danger like a space heater. When used properly, space heaters are safe and work wonderfully. It is when we put them too close to papers, drapes, children or other combustibles that space heaters become deadly. Remember the space heater is designed to heat a small space so think before you turn it on and leave it on.
Open Flames- Charcoal grills, gas stoves and any other product that is not designed for the express purpose of providing heat is never a good idea. Charcoal fumes can kill you in an inclosed space. Leaving a gas stove turned on all night increases your risk of fire and should one of the burners go out, your home could be filled with gas. Just don’t do this. You are better off finding some blankets.