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3 HVAC Safety Concerns You Need To Know

September 15th, 2018 by kcunningham

Thornton Heating | HVAC Safety

Manufacturers of HVAC systems had the safety of consumer in their mind, but that doesn’t mean that these are immune to becoming hazards within your home. It is then our responsibility as homeowners to be vigilant and keep a close eye on these at all times.

Safety is a matter of being prepared at all times, so make sure you run scenarios in your head and see how you and your family perform. Though we may not want dangerous incidents to happen, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t remain one step ahead of them.

Allergens

Allergens are particles that induce allergic reactions, but this does not happen to all people. Nevertheless, these are things that are still harmful to people when inhaled, regardless of any evident negative response from it or not. These things may find their ways into your system. These were anticipated though, so filters are in place to keep this from entering your living space.

Unfortunately, if your HVAC is not routinely cleaned, and if your filters are not replaced whenever needed then enough amount of build-up may be present so that these may be released into the atmosphere of your residence. If this goes on for long, it may have detrimental effects on the physical health of the people affected by it.

To avoid this, it’s best to keep a spare of new filters so that you may change the old ones whenever needed. For better protection from harmful particles, you could also consider upgrading your filters to a higher MERV rating, but take note that you might also need to update your equipment so that it could cater to this. Have your HVAC regularly washed by a professional. It’s essential that they do it to avoid any unintended damage to fall upon the elements of your system.

Fire

Yes your HVAC can be at risk of fire, but that goes for any electrical gadget, device, or appliance. This may usually happen if your hardware has not been maintained properly. Faulty wiring could be the culprit of this, and a routine maintenance session would allow technicians to spot this, or anything else out of place before things get serious. Professionals should inspect your HVAC system annually, but don’t hesitate to have them come over earlier if you find that their services are needed.

A gas leak may also happen if your furnace uses this substance. The connection for this to your unit should also be examined by the appropriate specialist annually. Naturally, these have no smell at all, but providers added a rotten egg scent so that people may be warned in case these seep out. If this happens, make sure you open all doors and windows and vacate your residence immediately.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is another gas that comes out of your heater and is odorless. So make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector installed. These usually only have minor effects in small doses but could be deadly in large amounts.

It’s important not to be afraid of these, but instead, you should be confident that you are capable of deterring these situations from happening. Though you also have to be positive that you’ll be fine and keep a calm mind if these unfortunate circumstances do take place. Always hire a licensed professional, so you’re assured they’re familiar with the machinery. To get one, call Thornton Heating at (847) 905-1608.