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3 HVAC Safety Concerns You Need To Know

September 15th, 2018 by cverdone

Thornton Heating | HVAC Safety
HVAC manufacturers focus on the safety of consumer. That doesn’t mean that these can’t become 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 preparing for any issue. Make sure you run scenarios in your head and see how you and your family perform. We don’t want dangerous incidents to happen. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t remain one step ahead of them.


Allergens are particles that induce allergic reactions. This does not happen to all people. These are still harmful to all people when inhaled. These things may find their ways into your system. Filters are in place to keep this from entering your living space.
If your HVAC filters are not cleaned and replaced often, build-up may be present. These allergens are then released into the atmosphere of your home. 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. To protect from more allergens, consider upgrading to a higher air filter MERV rating. Take note that you might also need to update your equipment so that it could cater to this. Have your HVAC system washed by a professional. It’s essential that they do it to avoid any unintended damage to fall upon the elements of your system.


Yes your HVAC can be at risk of fire. That goes for any electrical gadget, device, or appliance. This can happen if you do not maintain your system. Faulty wiring could be the culprit of this. A routine maintenance session would allow technicians to spot this. They can also spot anything else out of place before things get serious. Professionals should inspect your HVAC system every year. Don’t hesitate to have them come over earlier if you find that you need them.
A gas leak may also happen if you have a gas furnace. The appropriate specialist should check the connection to your unit every year. These have no smell at all, but providers added a rotten egg scent so that people know if there is a gas leak. If this happens, make sure you open all doors and windows. Vacate your home 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. Instead, you should be confident that you can keep these situations from happening. Be positive that you’ll be fine and keep a calm mind if these unfortunate circumstances do happen. Always hire a licensed professional, so that you know that they know what they’re doing. To get one, call Thornton Heating at (847) 905-1608.