Tips for Staying Safe and Warm This Winter

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There’s no doubt about it: Minnesota winters are cold. Staying warm is a necessity – whether it’s from a ductless heat pump, a gas furnace, or a combination of a furnace and lots of clothing layers. Unfortunately, residential fires are common during the winter. In fact, 2019 data from the U.S. Fire Administration shows that 9.3% of residential fires were due to heating problems, including issues with heating systems, fireplaces, furnaces, and more. Here are some tips to ensure you, your family, and your home stay safe this winter. 

#1: Avoid space heaters.

Using space heaters can be dangerous. They always require your attention, and even then, they can spark or malfunction causing fires. The best way to avoid an issue with a space heater is to not use one at all. Rely on an energy efficient furnace or heat pump to do the job of keeping you and your family warm this winter. If you current heating system is not up to the task, contact our team of experienced professionals at Metro Air Heating and Cooling for a free quote on getting a new system installed. 

#2: Don’t neglect maintenance.

Just like your car, your heating system needs to be tuned up regularly. During routine maintenance appointments, our team works through a 30-point checklist. We will check the internal parts of the machine, clean and check all the connections, controls, sensors, and make sure the thermostat is working well. If we notice anything that needs to be adjusted or repaired, we’ll talk to you about that, in addition to advising you about anything else you can do in between visits that will make the system run more efficiently. Regular maintenance extends the life of your furnace and helps minimize the change of expensive unexpected repairs. 

#3: Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

In the event of a fire or a carbon monoxide leak, you need to have working alarms or detectors that will alert you to a problem. These products can help give you the critical seconds you need to escape safely, but they can only do that if they work properly. Make sure to test your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors regularly and set a reminder to change their batteries at least twice a year.

Our experts at Metro Air Heating and Cooling are committed to the comfort and safety of our customers. Contact us today to schedule preventative maintenance on your heating system, or to learn more about repairing or replacing your unit.

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