When it comes to home safety and prevention, you can never be too safe. Fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, first aid kits … you’ve got the basics covered. But have you stopped to think about your HVAC system?
Potential HVAC Safety Hazards (and the Solutions!)
We get it—all of the information about safety and prevention for your heating and cooling system can be a little overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide to help you. Here’s what you need to know:
- Carbon monoxide poisoning. Any non-electric fuel source creates carbon monoxide as a byproduct. It’s usually vented harmlessly to the outside of your house, but if your ventilation becomes blocked, or your exhaust cracks, this odorless, colorless, poisonous gas can invade your home. To protect your family, install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, and ensure their batteries are always fully charged. Also, get regular HVAC inspections to identify the problems before they become hazardous.
- Burns on children and pets. Water heaters, furnaces, radiators … they all have parts like pilot lights or pressure release valves which can pose a danger to both kids and pets. Ensure the accessibility to these areas is restricted, by placing simple hook closures out of kids’ reach.
- System outages during severe weather. Power failures, high winds, and other disasters can bring your system down. Have an emergency kit ready and standing by, including candles, flashlights, blankets, canned goods, and a spare battery vault to keep your cell phone charged. Download your local power company’s utility and outage maps in advance; this will help you to know how long you’re likely to be without heat or air conditioning.
Interested in a Full HVAC Safety Evaluation?
Here in Statesville, the Griffin Heating and Air Conditioning team is ready to help you identify all the potential safety threats your HVAC may be hiding. Now is the time to ensure your home is safe; contact us and we will send one of our safety and prevention specialists right to your door.