Home Safety 101: A Checklist to Keep Your Family Safe Throughout the Year

It is important to have your HVAC maintenance carried out before the extreme hot or cold weather starts as these are when any problems are most likely to show up. Having your HVAC system inspected and maintained by a professional is important both for its longevity and for home safety. While some HVAC maintenance is best left to a professional HVAC technician, there are several tasks that you may be able to handle yourself.

An HVAC Checklist for Home Safety

  • Inspect the flue system on your gas furnace for signs of corrosion or breaks in the connections.
  • Ensure that the area immediately around your furnace is clear.
  • Ensure that nothing flammable is stored in the vicinity of your furnace this includes items such as paint thinner and old rags.
  • Check to make sure that the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are charged and in good working order.
  • Check the color of your furnace’s pilot light. A blue flame means that it is working properly, whereas a yellow flame can be a sign of a problem.
  • Inspect the furnace’s exhaust and air intake vents.
  • Check the wiring of your HVAC system.
  • Look for signs of moisture or rust as these may be indicators of serious problems.
  • Inspect and clean a chimney to remove any buildup that may lead to a fire.
  • Inspect and clean the air filters.
  • Schedule a professional HVAC system inspection.

Among other things a professional HVAC technician will be able to do:

  • Check and calibrate your thermostat.
  • Monitor the pressure of your air conditioner’s refrigerant.
  • Check your condenser coil.
  • Oil the motors if this proves necessary.

We have provided residential, commercial and industrial HVAC services throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties for almost 70 years. The communities we serve include Sterling Heights, Rochester Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe Woods. If you live in any of these areas we can help to keep your HVAC system operating smoothly and safely; contact us to schedule an inspection.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Detroit, Michigan about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about home safety and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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