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Heating System Maintenance & Repair Can Prevent House Fires

Sunday, January 26th, 2014 at 11:51 am

As temperatures stay cool in the evenings and mornings here in Phoenix, many homeowners find themselves turning up the thermostat before heading to bed. Before February hits, have Cool Touch come out to your home to look at your heating system. If any heating repairs need to be performed, we’ll be sure and take care of it as this simple action may save your life and your home this winter.

The Leading Cause of House Fires

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that heating is one of the top causes of house fires nationwide, especially during the winter months. In order to keep themselves and their homes warm, many people use a variety of devices, such as fireplaces, home heating systems, and space heaters that could potentially cause a detrimental house fire, injuries, and even death.

You can easily reduce this high risk by having heating repair done on your heater before you start using it regularly and taking other protective measures. For example, if you choose to use a space heater, never leave your home with it turned on, and keep it at least three feet away from anything flammable. Space heaters cause approximately 90,000 house fires each year so be careful with these devices and use other heating methods with care.

You should also have your ducts inspected to make sure debris, lint and large quantities of dust aren’t clogged up in them. Having debris and lint clogged in your household ducts could be an easy way for a fire to start.

When looking at your heating system, make sure the flame is blue, a yellow flame may be a sign that the burner could be out of adjustment.

If your home has a fireplace have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually for creosote build-up and cracks in the mortar or chimney flues. Do not exceed the fuel capacity of your fireplace.

Protect Your Home and Your Safety

Don’t go any longer without having heating repairs done by us at Cool TouchContact us at 623-584-3762 to schedule heating maintenance and repair, serving the entire valley to protect the safety of your home and your loved ones this winter.

 

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