When you're a parent, your children influence the way you do almost everything – even maintaining your HVAC system! Before you turn the heat on this fall, here are four things you should do to make sure your kids (and your heating system) stay safe and sound.
Check the cold air returns for toys and other debris.
It's easy for little items like doll heads and toy trucks to get dropped into cold air returns. If left in the returns, they may block the flow of air – not to mention get so dirty you never want to use them again. Check your cold air returns for toys before you turn the heat on, and if you find any, wipe them down with a disinfectant before giving them back to your kids.
Warn the kids about "hot" air vents.
Your heating vents should not become so hot that they would cause serious burns, but they might still cause some soreness to delicate little fingers. Before you turn the heat on, show your kids where the air ducts are (assuming they are within reach of your little one), and explain that your child should not touch them because they will be hot.
Change your furnace filter.
Granted, you should change your furnace filter regularly whether or not you have kids, but it's especially important to do so if you have little ones in the home. A clogged, old furnace filter could result in numerous allergens like dust mites and mold spores being distributed through the air in your home, especially when you first turn on the air and loosen any dust that has built up in the ducts over the summer. Change the filter to ensure your little ones don't end up coughing and sneezing unnecessarily.
Make sure the vents in your children's rooms are all open and unblocked.
When the first cold night hits and you turn on the heat, you want to be sure your little one's room gets warm and cozy. That won't happen if the vent is blocked by furniture or toys. Check to make sure the vents are open and unblocked now, so you're not rushing to rearrange furniture or find a new place for the play set when it's time to turn on the heat.
When you're a parent, keeping your HVAC system in proper working order is more important than ever, since you don't want your little ones to have to spend days or nights in chilly rooms. If you are having any issues with your system, have an HVAC specialist like R & B Heating & Air Conditioning come check it out before the truly cold weather hits.