Servicing your HVAC unit each year is to your benefit.
I once had a friend that drove an SUV, and in the entire 5+ years that he owned it, he never once checked the oil, let alone changed it. On average, you should probably change your oil every 10,000 miles, but life gets in the way, and sometimes we may go for longer between changes. While my friend was lucky that his engine never experienced a catastrophic failure as a result of his poor maintenance (same can’t necessarily be said for the next owner) it is always better to practice good preventative maintenance rather than react to a major equipment or system failure, especially when it could have been prevented. The same is certainly true when it comes to your heat pump.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can be emitted from fuel-burning appliances in the home, and is capable of displacing oxygen that the body needs to function, resulting in illness or death. It is essential that homeowners identify risks for CO and take precautions to ensure the welfare of their family. Below is some basic information about CO and CO related illness, as well as methods for preventing CO buildup in the home.
Weather reports say that we can anticipate a few nights with temperatures in the 20s over the next few days. With temperatures below freezing, most heat pumps will have a difficult time comfortably warming your home, leaving many to wrap up in extra blankets, build fires, and use space heaters for extra warmth. Space heaters in particular can be a convenient and practical way to warm small areas of your home when we have the rare drops in temperature, however, it is important to exercise good safety practices.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), space heaters and similar devices account for the second leading cause of house fires, and the second leading cause of fire related fatalities. If you intend to use space heaters during the cold weather this season, be sure to use these safety tips to keep you and your family protected, as well as warm.