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Working Safely in Your Home’s Attic

Most people visit the attic only when absolutely necessary. Attics are typically cramped as well as uncomfortably hot or cold during most seasons of the year. However, once in a while, the pull-down stairs are lowered or the access hatch is opened and the homeowner ventures up into that unfamiliar zone. What you should know before you go, however, is that most attics are not designed for casual visits and require certain precautions to stay safe. Here are a few…

Spring Storm Prep: What You Need to Know

Spring storms can create volatile weather in the San Diego area, so keeping your home and family comfortably safe and dry during this season is especially important. Rather than waiting until a storm is approaching, it’s better to take a proactive approach by making preparations in advance. Here are some storm prep tips that can help: Create an Emergency Kit Collect a couple of lanterns or flashlights, assorted batteries, an extra cell phone charger, a small amount of cash, a…

Winter Safety Precautions for Your San Marcos Home

The winter months come with the risk of certain safety hazards such as fires. As you think about how to cut down heating costs, you should also consider the additional measures necessary to stay safe at your San Diego home. Here are our best tips for ensuring winter home safety. Change the furnace filter. You should replace your filter every three months, or earlier if necessary, to maintain the efficiency of your heating system. Schedule preseason maintenance. A professional technician…

How to Check the Status of Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports 10,000 people become ill each year and 1,500 die because of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Fortunately, you can avoid it by installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home and checking their status to ensure they’re in good working order. Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that’s produced by common gas or oil appliances such as a furnace, water heater, and oven. The trace amounts…

Storm Season Preparation: Tips to Use

San Diego is known for its relatively mild weather, but sometimes in the spring, heavy wind and rain and the occasional ocean storm can produce flooding and thunderstorms that put area homes at risk. Spring storm preparation can help ensure that your home is ready for whatever weather comes your way. While you may already be prepared with a stash of nonperishable food, first aid supplies and a safe place to meet, you probably have not given much thought to…

Make Attic Safety a Priority in Your Home

Your attic can be a hazardous place to work. Heat rises, so spending any amount of time in this unconditioned space poses a risk of overheating. Working in the attic presents a host of other dangers, too, such as tripping, falling, electrical shocks, impact head injuries and exposure to insulation fibers. You can increase attic safety by wearing a respirator mask, safety glasses and head protection, and taking the following precautions in advance. Create a Walking Path If you have…

Have You Completed This Home Safety Checklist?

No matter how good your insurance is, staying on top of home safety gives you peace of mind knowing you’ve done all you can to keep your family secure. The preventive measures included in this checklist reduce the risk of hazardous situations from developing indoors and out. Indoor Safety If you use power strips or surge protectors to supply power several devices, check it periodically to make sure it’s not overloaded. If it feels warm to the touch, it could…

You Should Check and Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors this Fall


Along with the standard preventive maintenance you should schedule on your heating system this fall, you should also take the time for another vital safety check on your carbon monoxide detector. These devices, along with smoke detectors, are essential for keeping your family safe if you use any devices that burn fuel to produce heat, such as heating systems. The Risks of Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced as a byproduct of combustion, which means that anything that burns…

Furnace Tune Up Special Just in Time for the Cold Weather in San Diego

During heating season, when you use your furnace the most, you need to make sure that you remember the importance of routine system maintenance and furnace repair for your safety and comfort. That’s why, this time of year, we have a furnace special that makes getting your furnace inspected, cleaned and ready for the season easy.  Our Sherlock Air Furnace Tune Up is available during this promotional period (now through February 28, 2015) for only $59.  This furnace special includes…

Prevent Furnace Maintenance Fraud and Protect Yourself

It’s well-accepted that regular inspection and maintenance of your home heating system can protect you and your loved ones. Yet, you should also be aware that there have been issues related to furnace maintenance fraud, where scam artists try to scare you into believing that you will be subject to dangerous situations, such as a house fire, carbon monoxide leak or loss of heat or cooling. Here, we outline some general guidelines to help you spot shysters and protect yourself from being the victim of furnace maintenance fraud.…