Be on the Lookout for These Top Winter HVAC Safety Hazards

winter HVAC safety hazards

It’s the time of year for a reminder about potential winter HVAC safety hazards. Whether you use electric, natural gas or oil fuel, today’s heating systems are engineered and built for safe operation. With that in mind, it’s still a good idea to be aware of winter HVAC safety hazards and take sensible steps to minimize potential dangers.

Ensure safe heating system operation by scheduling a precision maintenance tune up with a certified HVAC contractor. In addition to manufacturer-recommended service, the process includes a close inspection of all safety functions to ensure efficient, safe operation throughout the heating season. Other winter HVAC safety hazards to remain aware of while heating during the winter months include:

Carbon Monoxide

This odorless, colorless gas is a natural byproduct of combustion that generates heat inside gas and oil burning furnaces. Carbon monoxide (CO) is toxic and can be fatal if inhaled. A properly maintained heating system safely exhausts CO gas through the furnace vent. However, certain issues may compromise safe operation of a fossil fuel system, including:

Overheating Hazards

Furnaces incorporate safety sensors that shut down an overheating system to prevent a fire hazard. Overheating can result from obstructed system airflow due to a clogged filter or other causes that severely restrict air circulation. Insufficient airflow may also result in “flame rollout,” a condition where flames extend out of the combustion chamber and could cause fire. Regular air filter changes as recommended by your HVAC contractor, as well as annual heating maintenance, is important to prevent overheating hazards.

For professional service to prevent winter HVAC safety hazards, contact Jackson & Sons.

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