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3 HVAC Safety Concerns You Need To Know
The HVAC may be now a principal element of every home but it still has its risks. Fortunately these can be prevented through proactiveness and discipline. These are really nothing to worry about as long as we are made aware and take the necessary precautionary measures.
With what you will learn here, consult these with proper technicians who have the actual needed knowledge to come to a final decision on what steps to take to ensure the safety of your family.
Rotten Egg Smell
When someone in your family smells rotten eggs in your home, observe it and if this persists open all windows and doors, stop all tools which create a flame and don’t bother turning on or shutting down electrical appliances and gadgets. Immediately evacuate your residence and call the fire department.
Natural gas in its normal state is odorless but the scent of rotten eggs has been incorporated into it so that people may be warned if it leaks. This substance is not poisonous, but it may cause suffocation when it replaces all the air in a closed area, and this is highly flammable.
Prevent this by having your connections installed properly by professionals and then have it examined annually. Be careful when cleaning the location of the link between your gas line and furnace so that you may not dislodge it. Always be vigilant and investigate foul smells.
Old wirings attached to your HVAC may be fire hazards. Huge amounts of electricity flowing through wires that are not suitable to carry such a high quantity of power could potentially burst up into flames, especially ones that are exposed.
Have a qualified technician do the installation of your units. Make sure that he checks that all electrical requirements of your system are met.
Some of you may also want to try and fix the system yourselves when they break. If you are not trained to do so, it would be highly recommended that you leave this to experts. Though you may do a little investigating to make sure everything is in place, and nothing dangerous is happening, try not to touch anything. If anything seems abnormal, you may report it to the technician. Most importantly, when your have your HVAC maintenance routine done, have them inspect your wirings too.
High doses of carbon monoxide can lead to death. If you have an electrical furnace then you won’t have to worry about this, but many consumers still prefer gas furnaces as they are much more effective. Huge releases of this deadly gas is caused by crevices developed in the heat exchanger and pipes.
The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning is shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, nausea, distorted eyesight, and loss of consciousness. If you suspect you are experiencing these due to a leak of this gas, clear the home immediately. Once outside contact the authorities.
People who are asleep are especially prone to fatal effects of carbon monoxide since it has no smell. To prevent this, have a carbon monoxide detector in place.
A bad scent may not always be a cause for alarm but take caution. Find the source so you’re know whether there’s reason for concern or not. If there is, you’d be able to act promptly and appropriately. For any troubling smells you can’t pinpoint, call us at Ardmore Fresh Air to be safe and we’ll send one of our reliable technicians over. We can be reached at (847) 792-1019.