The winter months bring shorter days with less sunlight and unbearable nighttime cold. Your home’s heating system is a vital mechanism that keeps your family warm and dry throughout the winter season. Too often, homeowners experience issues with their heating systems at the worst times possible – during freezing rains or major snow storms. Learn more about what you can do to prevent problems with your heating system this winter.

  • Fire Hazards. If your furnace goes out, you’ll probably turn to alternative heating methods to keep your home warm. Candles, space heaters, stove tops, and generators can start a fire in a matter of seconds. It’s important to call a heating repair company as soon as possible to repair your heater and get it back to doing its job. It’s also important to store flammable items elsewhere. You should never keep flammable items like gasoline, cleaning solvents, or other chemicals near your heater. The vapors from these flammable liquids could ignite when mixed with the proper amount of heat, causing a fire that can do major damage to your home.
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Alternative heating sources like generators can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Your furnace can also cause carbon monoxide poisoning if not properly ventilated. Have your furnace checked annually to avoid carbon monoxide buildup. If you are forced to use a generator, be sure to have a carbon monoxide monitor close by.
  • Water Damage. If your home is left without heat for a prolonged period of time, the cold could cause your plumbing pipes to freeze. Frozen pipes can burst, causing extensive water damage to your home. For this reason, it’s important to keep your heating system running in top condition to prevent other problems around your home.
  • Preventative Maintenance. The best protection is early detection, and that is especially true when it comes to your heater. Having it inspected by a professional will ensure that your home heating system is up to par for the upcoming cold. They’ll make sure everything is running as it should and will deal with any problems as they are discovered.

Your home’s heating system is one of the largest and most expensive investments that you make. If you run into a problem with your heating system this winter, follow these tips to get your problem solved quickly and safely. For all of your heating and plumbing needs, reach out to the experts at McLoughlin PHC.