Temperatures can be a bit unpredictable in our part of the country as we move into winter, but those cold days are becoming more and more frequent. Many people are relieved to turn their heaters on, without really thinking about whether the heating system is operating safely.
Since you use the heater so infrequently for much of the year, it may seem as if there is little that could go wrong. But if you have a heater that uses natural gas, you must use caution.
Protecting Your Home from Fires and Carbon Monoxide Leaks
Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that could leak into your home in a few different ways. One common concern is a leak in the heat exchanger of your furnace. That’s why it’s so important to have a heating inspection each year to check for these types of dangers in the home.
You must also have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the house if you expect to feel safe. Of course, these won’t prevent a fire or a carbon monoxide leak, but they should let everyone in the house know it’s time to evacuate and seek help. Typically, these are installed near bedrooms and on each floor of the home, but check local codes to be sure.
Testing and Replacing Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors
You probably have heard that you are supposed to test your CO detector regularly. We recommend doing so once a month. It’s easy: just hold down the button and make sure the alarm is loud enough for everyone in the home to hear.
You should also replace the batteries every 6 months. Many people do this around daylight saving time, when they are setting the clocks back or ahead an hour anyway. And replace smoke and CO detectors every 7-10 years.
Contact AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. for quality work at a fair price in Nichols, GA.