Winter is a great time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the warmth that surrounds you in your favorite comfortable chair. Having a warm home can carry risks if you don't take the proper precautions, however.
Homeowners insurance claims can be exponentially expensive in the winter months due to the added complexity. It's best to make sure any systems that will be put to work and prone to fires are clean and ready.
So, start this winter off right by preparing your home to stay safe and keep you comfortable by following these easy tips.
Keep it Clean
If there's one way to reduce your risk of fire this winter that will provide the most protection, it's making sure you keep everything clean. For example, make sure fireplace chimneys are clean and free of creosote to avoid a chimney fire. Ensure your furnace is free of dust and debris that could result in a failed burner, resulting in a buildup of highly-flammable gas. Finally, if you're using a space heater, make sure you keep the area around it clean and free from any flammable materials. Together, these steps will ensure that your heating devices can operate both safely and efficiently, allowing you to stay safe and save money.
Check it Out
Heating a home puts a lot of demand on the systems that provide energy around that house. To avoid a fire risk this winter, it's important to inspect these systems to ensure they are ready to take on the harsh winter weather. Check out outlets and electrical systems to ensure it can bear a load of your furnace blower motor, as well as any space heaters you decide to use.
Also, make sure that the ducts that carry air throughout your home are clean and free from any holes or other issues. Finally, check the gas or electrical supply for your furnace to ensure it is working correctly and efficiently. As a homeowner you want to ensure that your AC and heat always operate at maximum efficiency and any developing faults are highlighted and rectified before they develop into an expensive full-scale problem.
Even after you've made all the preparations to ensure you have a safe winter, issues could still develop during the long winter months. If something looks, smells, or sounds strange, don't ignore it. Call a professional as soon as you can so they can take a look at it and identify the source of the problem.
If you just let it go, whatever is causing the issue could develop into a more significant problem that's potentially hazardous. Often, it will be a small issue that is easily corrected, but either way, the peace of mind you gain by taking this step will allow you to relax even more.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
Avoiding a fire risk in the winter doesn't have to be difficult, but it is vitally important. Don't skimp on the proper preparation required for safe operation of heating components in your home, so you don't end up with an emergency on your hands later. Then, you really can sit back, relax, and enjoy your warm, comfortable home.