HVAC systems are an integral part of any modern home. Short for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, HVACs keep a home’s internal environment comfortable and safe. But they can also pose a threat to homes and families if simple and proper care isn’t taken. Remember, HVAC systems require gas and electricity to run and, while they are designed to run safely and without an issue, there are still potential risks as with any home appliance.
HVAC Safety Tips
There are easy, inexpensive ways to minimize such risks. With the following HVAC safety tips, you can help prevent such problems as fires, carbon monoxide leaks, poor air quality, or system malfunction.
Get an HVAC Tune-Up
Each year, you should have a professional HVAC technician come to your home and give your system a tune-up. This highly-recommended maintenance service includes safety checks, interior cleaning, and a thorough inspection of various parts.
Clear the Area
To help prevent fire, keep the area around your furnace clear of too many objects. Keep boxes, papers, fabrics, and anything else that can catch fire a safe distance away from the furnace. We suggest storing those items in another room altogether.
Vacuum the Area
Go one step further and keep the area around your system free of dust and other debris as well. Every now and then, you should vacuum around the appliance to make sure nothing is building up that could easily catch.
Use Tight Seals on Flammable Liquids
When it comes to preventing fire, it isn’t just keeping flammable items away from your furnace, it’s also being more mindful of their vapors. We doubt you would put flammable liquids close to your system. But what you may not consider are the vapors that are released from these liquids. Even the fumes from flammable or combustible liquids have the potential to ignite, so make sure you store liquids like kerosene, gasoline, and paint thinner in containers with tight seals. Just like other flammable objects, we recommend storing flammable liquids safely in another room.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
While many of these tips will help you reduce the risk of carbon monoxide leaks, we still recommend you install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home – and test them regularly. According to the CDC, more than 20,000 people visit the emergency room each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide can be deadly, and it is hard for humans to detect. If there is a leak from your system – or another appliance in the home – these detectors can save your life.
Install UV Lights
Here’s an HVAC safety tip not many consider – or have even heard of: UV Light for your HVAC system. Ultra Violet light can help improve air quality by preventing the buildup of mold and algae, providing clean air to your home. Cleaner air can prevent sickness and will help keep allergies at bay.
Only Use Professionals
Whether you’re getting a tune-up, having a UV light installed, getting a new system altogether, or just have some questions, only use a professional, licensed company – like Charest. HVAC professionals are trained to work on a variety of different systems, and they know HVAC safety. You wouldn’t go to an unlicensed doctor to get a check-up, so why would you have an unlicensed person work on your expensive home system?
Get Your Questions Answered
Do some research on HVAC safety. Reading this blog is a first, great step. Call your HVAC company, ask questions, and get tips. Next time you have your HVAC serviced, watch the technician work on your system. Ask questions, have them point out different parts, and talk to them about any potential issues they see. Get a full rundown of your appliance and how you can take care of it between tune-ups.
If you need help with any of the above tips or want to learn more about HVAC safety, please give us a call. We’re happy to answer your questions and do what we can so you feel comfortable in your home.