HVAC Hazards & How to Avoid Them
What You Should Know
It might not be something that directly comes to mind when you think about heating, ventilation and air conditioning, but your HVAC system can pose certain fire safety risks to your home if not properly maintained. As a homeowner, it’s important to be aware of HVAC safety hazards so you know what to look for, and how you can monitor and maintain your system in order to prevent any form of injury or fire damage.
Don’t: Leave Clutter Around the Furnace
Many people don’t realize that leaving boxes, bags, equipment and other items piled on or around your furnace is a fire hazard. Furnaces are commonly found in the garage or a closet in your home, and while you may think it won’t cause any harm to store belongings in your furnace closet, it can pose a serious risk. Be sure to give your HVAC system plenty of room, and keep the area directly surrounding it clean and clear of flammable belongings and chemicals.
Do: Monitor Electrical Connections and Know the Warning Signs
If it smells like something is burning (like plastic) or if smoke is coming out of your furnace, it’s important to call your Middleton HVAC technician immediately. Bad electrical connections are a leading cause of HVAC fires, as old connections become loose over time and can lead to burnt and exposed wiring. Pay attention to the signs — it’s always best to stay on the safe side.
Do: Check and Clean Your Vents
Mold and dust can collect on your vents, and the buildup is extremely flammable. An accumulation of dirt and dust particles in your vents, filters and coils can block airflow, and result in your unit malfunctioning. Make sure to replace your filters regularly, and keep your vents open in every room to prevent mold, mildew and damage to your system.
It’s important to stay informed about potential fire hazards that can be caused by your HVAC unit. Have your HVAC technician perform preventative maintenance at least twice per year to ensure your system is always safely and smoothly. Visit us online or give us a call at 1-800-404-0371 for a quote.