Oct 1, 2023

October has arrived, and while we all love Halloween, let’s not forget about it being National Fire Prevention Month. Fire safety awareness is super important! Did you know that around 358,500 housefires occur in the US every year? The craziest part is that most of these fires can be prevented with simple practices and regular care. Just like anything else in life, your HVAC system needs some love and care too. While they’re not inherently dangerous, neglecting your HVAC maintenance can lead to potential fire hazards. Let’s come together with your local New Albany Heating & Cooling professionals to raise awareness about HVAC safety.  

Schedule Seasonal Maintenance Checks 

Routine maintenance is key when it comes to HVAC fire safety. Make sure you have a licensed HVAC technician inspect and service each of your units at least once a year – preferably before their first use of the season. During these visits, they’ll not only ensure everything is running smoothly but also identify and address any potential issues, like frayed wires, loose connections, or blocked ventilation, that could pose a fire risk. Regular maintenance alone plays a huge role in keeping dangerous situations at bay. 

Change and Clean Filters and Ducts as Recommended 

Dirty air filters and clogged ducts can really put a damper on your HVAC system’s efficiency. Plus, they can even increase the risk of fires! To keep things running smoothly, make sure to replace filters as recommended by the manufacturer (usually every one to three months). Don’t forget to have your ducts cleaned periodically (every 3-5 years) to keep the dust and debris from building up; the accumulation of large amounts of dust and loose debris in your ductwork is a fire hazard often overlooked.  

Watch out for Faulty Electrical Components  

Faulty electrical components can pose a serious fire risk. So, make sure to keep an eye out for warning signs like flickering lights, tripped circuit breakers, or burnt smells coming from your HVAC unit. If you happen to notice any of these issues, don’t ignore them. It’s important to call a professional to have the problem assessed as soon as possible.  

Keep Flammables Away from the Units 

Make sure to avoid storing any flammable materials or chemicals near your furnace. These items can easily catch fire if there’s a malfunction or overheating. It’s always a good idea to keep a clear space around your HVAC equipment to reduce the risk of fire spreading. Be mindful of items like paint cans, cleaning solutions, chemicals, and flammable items such as cardboard, paper, or fabric.  

Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors on Every Level 

You probably already know how important it is to have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. But it’s also a good idea to have them on every level of your home. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should strategically be placed in the main areas and outside the sleeping areas. Don’t forget to test your detectors every month and change the batteries once a year. Last but not least, most detectors have a lifespan of 10 years, so be sure to replace them once they reach close to that timeframe.  

Form a Fire Escape Plan  

In case of a fire, it’s important to have a well-practiced fire escape plan in place. Make sure everyone in your home, including children, knows the quickest exits and the designated safe meeting point outside. Then, ensure everyone understands the plan and is prepared to follow it. 

By following these HVAC fire safety tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of fires and ensure the safety of your home and loved ones. It’s important to remember that regular maintenance and vigilance play a key role in keeping your HVAC system operating safely. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or if you’re interested in our Whole Home Protection Plan. We’re here to help you preserve the optimal condition of your home and HVAC system. Rest assured, we’re by your side, safeguarding your home and HVAC system with care. 

Call New Albany Heating & Cooling today at (614) 636-5002, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!