Regular HVAC maintenance isn’t only essential for the efficiency of your system and the indoor comfort of your home, but also for your family’s safety. For example, a crack in your furnace’s heat exchanger can result in a fire or allow toxic fumes such as carbon monoxide to escape into the air.
Here are HVAC safety tips for dealing with a carbon monoxide leak from one of your most trusted HVAC and electric panel companies.
What to Do In Case of a Carbon Monoxide Leak
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, hazardous gas that won’t make its presence known unless detectors go off or people begin to experience symptoms of sickness. Leave the structure as fast as you can if you’re exhibiting signs of illness.
Implement your evacuation plan immediately if the carbon monoxide detector goes off due to a leak from your HVAC system. Escort everyone quickly out of the house or building, and make sure to shut off all possible sources of the leak. Open all doors and windows to improve ventilation.
Major issues like this are best left to furnace companies to address. Contact your HVAC service provider to check your heating and cooling system right away, and don’t allow anyone to go back inside the house or building unless the experts say it’s safe to do so.
How You Can Prevent It
Hire an HVAC contractor to check out your heating and cooling system at least twice a year. Ask them to closely inspect your furnace or boiler’s heat exchanger.
Regularly clean all ventilating outlets like chimneys, kitchen vents, wall vents and fireplaces to minimize the possibility of a blockage. You should also get in touch with companies that clean and maintain gas stoves and other fossil fuel-burning appliances to schedule routine inspections.
All Seasons, Inc. is one of the leading furnace and air conditioning companies. We can assist with your HVAC installation, repair and maintenance. Call us at (253) 203-6200 or complete our online form to request a free estimate. We serve clients in Tacoma, WA.