The acronym HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and it’s the broadly used term to describe equipment used to keep homes at a comfortable temperature. In most residential homes, most HVAC systems are forced-air heating and cooling systems that include heat pumps, air conditioners and furnaces.
Your HVAC system is a major part of your home. It is a complex system with many parts and can often present safety concerns. Although safety issues involving your HVAC system aren’t common, it’s important to know about them so you can prevent problems and know what to do if they ever arise.
Indoor Air Quality
When your home is sealed up tight during the summer and winter, your indoor air quality becomes especially important. Without fresh air circulating throughout, you have to pay attention to the quality of the air coming from your HVAC system. Have your indoor air quality tested, especially if anyone in your home experiences increased asthma attacks, headaches, allergies, or flu-like symptoms. These could be signs of poor indoor air quality. Determine ways to improve the indoor air quality in your home by dusting and sweeping regularly and having your HVAC system serviced and air filters changed regularly. (1)
If you’re handy, you may be tempted to fix HVAC issues on your own. Watching a YouTube video doesn’t qualify you to work on even what may seem to be simple systems. Unless you truly know what you’re doing, don’t attempt to fix and HVAC issue on your own. Tinkering could void the warranty, cause even bigger problems, and could put you at rick for dangers like an electrical shock. Unless you’re trained, leave HVAC fixes to the experts. (1)
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that should be a big concern for everyone. Although carbon monoxide poisoning is rare, it is fatal in some cases. An aging furnace may leak carbon monoxide without you even realizing it. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, fatigue, nausea, and loss of consciousness. Make sure your family knows the warning signs and has a carbon monoxide detector to keep them alerted and safe. (1)
If your HVAC system breaks down, it’s not a good idea to attempt to fix it yourself. If you experience problems with your HVAC or have indoor air quality concerns, contact a qualified HVAC repairman and speak with an experienced professional today.
- Custom Air, Inc. – 2016