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Safety Tips for Operating Your HVAC System

HVAC systems can be dangerous if not properly maintained and operated. They must be monitored, inspected and serviced regularly by a qualified technician to ensure safety. Below are some tips to help you operate your HVAC system safely.

Ensure the Area Around the System Is Clear

Always ensure nothing is blocking the intake and exhaust vents, including furniture, plants or curtains. Also, ensure nothing is obstructing your furnace, air conditioner, or other components. If there is, it can cause the system to overheat and possibly become a fire hazard. If you are going to store anything in your furnace room, it is a good idea to have at least three feet of clearance around all sides of your furnace.

Inspect Your System Regularly

Have your HVAC system inspected and serviced at least once a year or more if necessary. This will help ensure that the system is operating correctly and safely. During the inspection, the technician will check for potential issues such as loose wires, clogged filters and other signs of wear or damage. They will also check for and replace any worn or broken safety devices, such as pressure switches and limit controls.

Make Sure the System Is Properly Installed

You should always have your HVAC system installed by a licensed and qualified technician. A professional installation ensures that the system is installed properly and safely. The installation technician will also provide operation and safety instructions for your system. It is important to read and understand these instructions and follow them closely.

Change the Air Filters Frequently

You need to check your air filters regularly and replace them when dirty. Dirty air filters can reduce the efficiency of your system and create health risks due to poor indoor air quality. They also can increase the risk of fire.

Know How to Shut Off the System

Knowing how to safely shut off your HVAC system in an emergency is important. You should be aware of the location of the shut-off switch and how to use it properly. You should also have a fire extinguisher nearby in an emergency and know how to use it. The fire extinguisher should be suitable for use on electrical fires.

Check for Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Carbon monoxide can be a deadly hazard in homes with gas or oil heating systems. You must inspect your HVAC system for anything that may cause carbon monoxide leaks such as loose connections. If a leak is detected, you must call a professional immediately to repair the system. In addition, it is recommended that you install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home to alert you of any potential leaks.

By following these tips, you can help ensure the safety of your HVAC system and the safety of your home. If you need any help with HVAC safety or maintenance, contact a Payne in Tallahassee, FL today.