October 20, 2017
By: Summer McAnally
For Georgia residents, you know fall is usually when you’ll start using heating devices again. Unfortunately, a lot of these devices do carry fire hazards. The more you know and prepare, the less likely you are to deal with something as tragic as a fire.
Most importantly, your furnace or heat pump needs to have yearly maintenance. Many believe these yearly tuneups are only to maintain the efficiency of your system. While that’s part of it, that’s definitely not the full picture. While our technicians are doing a thorough check of the functions in your system, they are looking for potential fire hazards. Your certified HVAC technician is trained to spot fire hazards and correct them, per your approval.
The technician also searches for carbon monoxide related hazards. This includes but is not limited to inspecting your heat exchanger for hairline cracks. While a hair line crack may not sound like a big deal, it is when carbon monoxide is present. This type of crack can cause carbon monoxide to trickle into the air within your home. The symptoms a person would experience while breathing carbon monoxide includes but is not limited to headaches, nausea and vomiting. It can even lead to the loss of ones life.
Unfortunately carbon monoxide is unable to be detected without a specialized detector. We highly recommend having carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Test the batteries once every few weeks for the entirety of the heating season. This will help to ensure you and your family are safe from the deadly gas.
Many homes within Atlanta and surrounding cities have poor duct design. This causes hot and cold spots through the home. We find that most people solve this issue with space heaters. It’s important to inspect the cords on these devices often. A frayed wire can lead to a catastrophic fire. Also be careful with the placement of personal heating devices. Synthetic materials burn a lot faster and easier than all natural materials. Keep that in mind when deciding where to set up the heating device.
If you plan to use a gas fireplace this season, be sure to have it inspected. You’ll need verification that there are no issues with your gas piping. You may also need the services of a chimney sweep.
We understand a lot of people are on a budget. This list includes things that absolutely need to be taken care of, regardless of budget. If these things are neglected you could literally lose everything. We wouldn’t want to see that happen to anyone, which is why we share this information with you.
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