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How Many Smoke Detectors to “Deck the Halls” With This Season

'Tis the season — for safety! The holidays bring with them myriad fire hazards, and it's important to be prepared. In fact, fire safety is something you should be prepared for year-round. That includes installing smoke detectors to alert you when there's danger. How many do you need, and where should you put them? Installing [...]

By |2019-11-26T01:46:09+00:00December 10th, 2019|Home Safety|Comments Off on How Many Smoke Detectors to “Deck the Halls” With This Season

Easy Steps to Protect Against Carbon Monoxide this Fall

Fall is a time when your priorities shift from cooling to heating your home. It’s also a crucial time to focus on carbon monoxide safety. Any carbon monoxide leak, no matter how small, can endanger everyone in your home. Here are a few simple steps you can take to protect your home against the “silent [...]

By |2019-11-01T21:41:31+00:00November 5th, 2019|Home Safety|Comments Off on Easy Steps to Protect Against Carbon Monoxide this Fall

Benefits of an HVAC System Surge Protector

An HVAC system surge protector can prevent damage to one of your biggest home investments. Your air conditioner and furnace integrate critical electronics to provide efficient, effective cooling and heating. These components are sensitive to power fluctuations, particularly voltage surges. Damaged electronics can impose very steep repair/replacement costs. What’s worse, most HVAC system warranties do [...]

By |2019-09-29T00:28:37+00:00October 8th, 2019|Home Safety|Comments Off on Benefits of an HVAC System Surge Protector

Have a Backup Power Generator? Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

When the power goes out to your North Carolina home, you can rest easy with a backup power generator. While generators are helpful, they do come with some safety risks that you should be aware of. Before you start using yours, make sure you check this list of generator safety tips to ensure you are [...]

By |2019-08-30T23:02:06+00:00September 17th, 2019|Home Safety|Comments Off on Have a Backup Power Generator? Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

Protecting Yourself and Your HVAC for a Hurricane

From May through December, it’s the season when hurricane safety tips are much appreciated. The peak of hurricane season is from August till October for North Carolina and the state is ranked fourth in the nation for hurricanes, with an average of at least one landfall every four years. Though satellite forecasts typically provide some [...]

By |2019-08-12T15:13:41+00:00August 29th, 2019|Home Safety|Comments Off on Protecting Yourself and Your HVAC for a Hurricane

Common A/C Dangers to Keep an Eye Out For

We rely on our air conditioners to keep us cool and comfortable in the hot, humid summers of Eastern North Carolina. But, like many appliances, safety is key to their operation. Keep these common A/C dangers in mind to ensure your family's comfort and their safety. 1. Fire Risk When HVAC systems are not properly [...]

By |2019-08-02T22:09:23+00:00August 20th, 2019|Home Safety|Comments Off on Common A/C Dangers to Keep an Eye Out For

Guide for Winter Attic Safety

Winter can seem like the safest season for you or someone you hire to tackle tasks up in your home's unfinished attic. You may be reorganizing stored belongings after the holidays, getting improvements completed like air sealing and insulating, or having repairs made to HVAC, plumbing or electrical components. While the cooler temperatures this time [...]

By |2018-12-20T18:06:41+00:00January 17th, 2019|Home Safety|Comments Off on Guide for Winter Attic Safety

Decoration Storage and Your HVAC System

If you're like many other homeowners, you have a treasured collection of decorations you display during the holiday season, then carefully pack up and store for the remainder of the year. Did you know that the location you choose for decoration storage matters? It can impact the safe operation of your HVAC system, and your [...]

By |2018-12-20T19:23:46+00:00January 8th, 2019|Home Safety|Comments Off on Decoration Storage and Your HVAC System

Home Heating Fire Prevention

In the winter, you're likely running your gas furnace, or using space heaters or a wood-burning stove or fireplace to keep your home toasty warm. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) tells us that heating equipment is the second most common cause of fatal house fires, so it's wise to make fire prevention a priority. [...]

By |2018-10-25T20:10:17+00:00November 13th, 2018|Home Safety|Comments Off on Home Heating Fire Prevention

Backup Power Generator Safety Tips

When the power goes out, a backup generator can allow you to keep the lights on, run appliances like the fridge/freezer, and operate essentials like the HVAC system. To limit your risk of fires, shocks or electrocution, and exposure to deadly carbon monoxide (CO), it's critical to make generator safety a priority. When using your [...]

By |2018-10-25T20:00:55+00:00November 8th, 2018|Home Safety|Comments Off on Backup Power Generator Safety Tips
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