7 HVAC Safety Tips
You should always keep safety in mind when inspecting or fixing your HVAC system. Maintaining the health of your system will extend the lifespan of your unit. The safety measures ahead require a bit of work on your part; the rest should be left to a technician. What you’ll gain is consistent heating and cooling while your family can rest without worry.
What Type of Hazards Come with Heating and Cooling?
Some HVAC components produce heat and hazardous fumes when they are malfunctioning, and rubber and plastic parts can burn. Metal that grinds reduces your unit’s ability to aerate or start. Loose pieces will drop in or alter the movement of internal appliances. Fluid leaks cause you to pay more each month, as does the lack of efficiency caused by a broken HVAC unit.
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Basic Safety Steps
Caution is the first part of safely owning an HVAC system. It helps if you value your heating and cooling – we urge you to take a look at your unit on occasion. It’s very possible that we can solve all of your problems with a quick phone call. The steps below are basic but can achieve a great deal. Responding to your system in a timely manner is also key. A technician can tell you about the following safety steps they take:
- 1. Routine Inspections: Your first line of defense is consistent maintenance. Standard cleaning and inspections give you oversight on the entire health of your HVAC.
- 2. Rely on Written Logs: Make records of times, problems and the solutions that you’ve witnessed. Closely analyzing your HVAC system will reveal that it has its own character. The better that you understand how past issues came about, the more prepared you are to address future problems
- 3. Consult an HVAC Professional: Feel free to speak with us at anytime. We’re eager to learn about your needs and how we can improve your comfort and safety.
- 4. Use Some Common Sense: The way that you use your thermostat results in how your HVAC is treated. Keeping your system on for too long without resting can lead to major warning signs. Use common sense to analyze just how effective your unit has been.
- 5. Confirm Proper PPE: The technicians that arrive to service HVAC systems are equipped with PPE, or personal protective equipment. PPE protects technicians from heat and corrosive fluids. Be sure not to go fixing anything without the right gear.
- 6. Update all of Your Connections: Ducts are pivotal in getting heat and cold air throughout your home. These passageways require sealed connections.
- 7. Respond Quickly to Malfunctions: Malfunctions are best managed when you provide a solution as soon as you’re aware of the problem. We are always available to provide guidance and advice, so don’t wait.
Ask a Serviceman to Prepare You
Allow an HVAC serviceman to confirm the best safety steps for your home. Every situation is unique. You’ll benefit from advice that pertains to your needs and resources. Technicians are licensed and here to help right now.