Heating safety


Posted on December 27, 2018

’Tis the season to be happy and jolly. The New Year is just days away, and with it comes optimism and the sense of a new beginning. Unfortunately, the winter season – even in the mild desert climate we live in – also means our holiday joy should be tempered with vigilance. This is especially true when it comes to fire prevention. Fire hazards increase during the winter weather in a variety of ways. Christmas tree lights and decorations increase electrical usage, which in and of itself, ups the chances of a wayward electrical spark. In our efforts to keep warm and cozy, we build raging blazes in our fireplaces and pull out space heaters only used a couple of weeks out of the year.

And, of course, we expect our home’s heating system to keep our families in climate-controlled comfort while temperatures dip outside. So, let me ask you: have you had your home’s furnace inspected this winter? Do you perform regular furnace maintenance? If the answer is no to one or both of these questions, we urge you to give General Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call … right now! Our licensed HVAC professionals, voted the 2018 & 2019 Best of the Valley, will hustle to your home and perform a thorough furnace and heating system inspection. We will diagnose and repair all issues and get you up to speed on how efficient and safe your system is. This includes checking the carbon monoxide levels in your home to promote the utmost carbon monoxide safety. If the worst-case scenario arises, we will provide you with an estimate on the installation of a new furnace. The good news is, we have plenty of end-of-the year or New Year promotions featuring our complete line of Lennox furnaces.

In the meantime, do what you can to prevent winter weather fire hazards in your home. Prevent fires caused by space heaters by placing them in a well-ventilated area and away from combustible materials; check the cord and make sure it is not frayed or damaged. Speaking of winter weather safety, also make sure you check your CO detectors to ensure the batteries are fresh and they are working correctly. CO detectors should be placed throughout your home, just like smoke detectors; in the kitchen, living room, bedrooms and office. Also put one near your furnace and in the garage where your vehicles are parked.

We hope all of our customers, family and friends in the Palm Springs area and Coachella Valley are enjoying the holidays and we look forward to serving you in the New Year. We also wish you and your family a safe rest of your winter and hope you follow some of these winter heating tips. And please remember: call the General 24/7, and our troops are on the way! And please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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