A heating system is a necessity in our area, and natural gas is often the least expensive and easiest fuel to use with a home heater. However, a gas-powered, forced-air heating system can also raise some health and safety concerns. Learn how your system can remain as safe as possible from our guide.
Schedule Annual Maintenance Visits
Even if the system seems to be operating just fine, you should have a professional check on the condition of your heater each year during a heating maintenance visit so that you get the peace of mind of knowing it’s operating correctly. A maintenance visit also includes a tune-up, an adjustment of some of the most important components of your system.
Know the Signs of a Gas Leak
The smell of rotten eggs may indicate a gas leak. A hissing sound from your heater is another giveaway. Vacate the property and call the local utility company ASAP if you suspect a gas leak in your home. If possible to do so safely, shut off the gas valve as well.
Have Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
These life-saving devices are necessary for every home, but especially if gas heating equipment is in use. Carbon monoxide detectors belong on each floor, and smoke detectors should be in place throughout the home.
Clean or Replace Filters
Often, safety issues come up when a heating system is not operating in the proper way. Clogged filters reduce airflow to the furnace, which is just one of the reasons it’s so important to change filters each month (or wash your reusable filter).
Repair Problems ASAP
If you notice any issues at all with your heater, you should call a professional ASAP. You don’t want to risk a potential safety issue. Besides, operating a faulty heater means higher bills and the possibility of a system breakdown at any time.
DB Heating & Cooling, Inc installs and services heating systems in Franklin Lakes and the surrounding areas. Call us today for all of your Bergen County, NJ, the surrounding areas and Rockland County, NY heating and cooling needs!