How much do you know about how your safety depends on the functionality of your HVAC systems? If you’re a new homeowner or haven’t needed to know much due to a reliable system so far, there’s some information you need. For the safety of your family and of your home, let’s review.
In terms of your home mechanicals, your HVAC system is essentially the heart of your home. It’s the engine which provides comfort in heating and cooling. In extreme temperatures, it can quickly become a matter of health. For others, it’s critical year-round, due to temperature or humidity level needs.
You may have a heat pump, which heats and cools your home. You may have an air conditioner and a furnace, in a traditional central heating and air system. Some have a ductless system, which heats and cools specific rooms untethered to a ductwork system.
Regardless, for your safety and health, it’s important to follow these HVAC systems tips.
HVAC Systems Safety Tip #1 – Regular Maintenance
We cannot stress this enough. Please schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC systems. At Energy Savers we find many repairs and breakdowns for HVAC systems could be avoided with regular tune-ups and air filter changes.
At Energy Savers, we created three different Priority Service Plans to fit everyone’s needs and budgets. We offer Silver, Gold and Platinum plans for our customers in the Columbus, Georgia and Opelika, Alabama communities.
All include a combustion analysis of the heating system, as well as service and safety checks of heating and cooling systems. In addition to other benefits, such as priority scheduling and emergency service after-hours, there are discounts and credits to repairs and equipment upgrades.
Each service and safety check includes a comprehensive inspection of the cooling system in spring and heating system in fall. Our trained technicians clean, lubricate and test all applicable components.
They look for any abnormalities or signs of excess wear and tear. These signs can signal an impending repair need or HVAC systems breakdown. It’s always better, and more economical, to catch an issue before it becomes a big problem.
HVAC Systems Safety Tip #2 – Air Filter Changes
Another tip is to check your air filter every month. Many people use the arrival of their gas or electric bill as a reminder. While most people can get by with a filter change every two to three months, some find monthly is more appropriate. For instance, if you smoke or have several pets who shed, a monthly filter change is more likely.
Another problem regular filter changes prevents is the strain on your HVAC systems from clogged and dirty filters. Strain ages your HVAC systems early and even leads to dangerous issues like a crack in your heat exchanger.
If you have a gas furnace, your heat exchanger is the component which creates the heat to warm the air for your home. The strain may create a crack early in its lifespan. A crack leaves your family vulnerable to a fire risk, or the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.
HVAC Systems Safety Tip #3 – Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detection
Unfortunately, any combustible appliance can leak carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas which sadly poisons hundreds of people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. All gas-fueled appliances produce CO except normally it’s safely vented outdoors.
If your furnace develops a crack, however, it may leak. Regular inspections by professional HVAC personnel look for cracks. Another way to protect your family is to install CO detectors. Similar to smoke detectors, these alert you if the concentration of the gas reaches dangerous levels.
For HVAC Systems Safety Experts, Trust Energy Savers in Columbus, GA and Opelika, AL
If you have any questions about your HVAC systems, please contact us. It’s our favorite subject! Our team receives lots of ongoing training and we love talking about how to get the most out of your HVAC systems.
In fact, for more than 40 years, we’ve helped home and business owners get the most efficiency and comfort from their heating and cooling systems. We’re also passionate about Indoor Air Quality solutions.
If you have too much humidity in the summer or not enough in the winter, let’s talk. If you have a child with severe allergies or asthma, let’s talk about air cleaners and air purifiers. Carrier has many solutions to work with your existing HVAC systems. These machines can reduce the number of pollutants in your air, such as bacteria, pollen, dust and dander.
We also service and repair all brands of HVAC equipment and provide air quality solutions.
Energy Savers provides quality products and great customer service so for better comfort and healthy air, call us or submit the online form today.