5 Safety Tips to Head off Problems this Heating Season

Posted: October 30, 2017

It’s been a balmy autumn so far, but we all know that cold weather will finally settle in soon. When that happens, there are many ways we can help you stay safe and warm, no matter how cold and stormy it gets this winter.

If you’ve already had your heating system checked and serviced this year, you’re off to a good start. But when winter weather starts to winds its way through the Delaware Valley, please remember these important tips to ensure timely deliveries and to keep your heating system operating safely and efficiently.

  1. Keep the area around your heating system as clean and clutter-free as possible. Never store anything flammable near your furnace or boiler.
  2. If you have an oil or gas furnace, change or clean the filters about once a month; a dirty filter compromises efficiency and can even result in a shutdown. If you have a steam boiler, check the water gauge periodically. Low water levels are a leading cause for boiler shutdowns. Steam boilers should also be “flushed” when the water in the gauge looks rusty. Talk with us if you’re not familiar with this procedure.
  3. After a storm, clear any snow or ice from your tank, fill pipe and driveway so our driver can make a delivery without delay.
  4. Regularly inspect outside air vents for appliances to ensure there is no blockage. If you find a build-up of snow, ice or other obstruction that needs to be cleared, use a broom (not a shovel) so you don’t cause any damage.
  5. If you ever smell gas, leave your home right away. Report the problem from another location as soon as possible.

Lastly, always feel free to contact us if you have any concerns or questions about staying safe and warm this heating season.