HVAC Safety First: It’s For Your Health
Did you know if your HVAC system is not properly maintained and monitored, it could actually make you sick? So remember safety first with regular professional maintenance and pay attention to air quality. These are key to avoiding many health and safety risks associated with your heating and air conditioning systems. Whether damage or inadequate maintenance, your HVAC system can quickly become a safety hazard for you and your family. Safety first – be aware of the following:
- Carbon monoxide poisoning is the most common and serious safety concern in any home. It is a serious, possibly fatal, situation that can arise when any gas-burning system in your home is damaged, improperly installed or inadequately maintained. It can cause brain damage, even death. Because carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, it is impossible to detect until someone becomes ill. The initial symptoms are flu-like; headache, nausea, fatigue – so they are often ignored. However, long term exposure can be deadly especially to the very young and very old and individuals with chronic health conditions.
- A cracked heat exchanger is one common cause of carbon monoxide in your home, especially in older furnaces. The best way to avoid this is to have your heating system inspected and serviced by a trained professional, like those here at LHT Cooling, Heating and Refrigeration, Inc. A carbon monoxide detector should also be an integral part of any home safety system.
- Inadequate humidity and moisture control is also very important when putting safety first! A lack of humidity in winter months or dry climates can cause breathing difficulties, cracked skin, dry lips, sore throat and other health problems. Dry nasal passages leave your family prone to infection and respiratory illness, and can worsen cold and flu symptoms. Dry air can also impact your home’s structure. Cracked and separated hardwood floors, molding and furniture damage can be costly.
- Incorrect air filtration can also pose a hazard to your family’s health. Poor indoor quality is one of the most common contributors to respiratory problems. Many health problems ranging from headaches to severe allergies and breathing difficulties. Preventative maintenance and regular replacement of air filters goes along way to alleviate these problems.
So, remember safety first – it’s for your health!