Heating Season Tips
“Winter Heating Season Is Just Around the Corner…Stay Safe & Warm”
Winter conjures up images of cozy, warm nights at home, but it is also a season when we may unknowingly put ourselves and our families at higher risk of carbon monoxide, a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. This gas is created when fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas, burn incompletely. This gas is especially dangerous because you can’t see, taste or smell the toxic fumes and may not realize that you are being exposed while heating your homes; it helps to know the symptoms of poisoning which include: headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting, blurred vision, stinging eyes and fainting. If anyone shows signs of these symptoms, or if a leak is suspected, residents should leave right away and call 911.
Since heating systems are the leading cause of unintentional deaths and injuries and In an effort to reduce the more than 700 deaths that occur due to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning each year and ensure a safe winter heating season, the Akron Canton Heating & Cooling Association (ACHCA) emphasize the importance of an HVACR system check-up to avoid the risk of CO exposure and potential fires.
Checks that a certified technician should perform on a furnace include:
ü A carbon monoxide test (one that includes the results of the furnace’s performance, and has been done with certified equipment meeting manufacturer and industry standards).
ü Check the operation of the safety controls.
ü Check heating system operation for safety.
ü Inspect the wiring system.
ü Check ignition control.
ü Check flue for proper drafting.
ü Check the heat exchanger for safety.
ü Check for combustible materials near the furnace.
ü Check blower motor for debris and oxidation.
ü Test for combustion leaks.
ü Adjust burners for efficiency using less fuel to operate.
ü Inspect, clean or replace air filters.
ü Test for gas leaks in furnace.
ü Test and adjust gas pressure regulator.
Performing thorough and consistent maintenance, including tasks such as these, can prevent CO casualties. We strongly recommend putting CO and smoke detecting alarms on every level of your home, outside the bedrooms and in each sleeping area. Working alarms provide you and your family with warning signals and critical time to escape your house in case of a fire or carbon monoxide incident. And remember, to test them every month to make sure they are working properly.
Secondly, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. We want Ohioans to be warm this winter, but we also want them to be safe. Home heating fires can be prevented if you follow a few simple steps:
ü Keep all combustible materials at least three feet away from heating sources including your furnace and hot water tank.
ü Hire a qualified licensed, bonded, and insured professional to clean, inspect and service your home’s heating equipment and flues ANNUALLY. “Like a car your furnace puts about 200,000 miles per year on it and if you don’t change the oil regularly, the engine will stop running,” shares Gary Jackson the Akron Canton Heating & Cooling Association President.
This could become a life saver for you and your family.
Finally and most importantly, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Everyone knows the old adage and has most likely been stung by its inevitable truth. When you see the advertisement that says: $49 for a Complete Furnace Tune-Up ($189 Value) BEWARE! What happens, eventually, is that the other shoe unfortunately falls; the truth rears its ugly head and leaves us with egg on our face. Being deceived is a product of wanting something for less than its real value. Oftentimes we fall into the deception trap to close an unwanted gap between our budget and what we want actually costs. Budget and cost either match or they don’t! Expecting to get something for nothing, while human nature, is foolish. Nothing is that “cheap” or “free”; if it is done right.
When the economy began to take its plummet people who were out of work and who were less and less qualified entered the workforce even as a second job and were being hired regardless of the obvious. The customer says, “He’s only a furnace guy. I’m not paying him $199…it’s only heating.” So instead of paying the licensed/insured/bonded HVACR company what they deserve, I will have a friend of a friend (first mistake) do the work in order to “save” about 30%. “That’s going to pay for my new television for Christmas”. Fast-forward…it turns out the heating system was not checked properly but was such a penny safe and pound foolish blunder. So the $140 saved is now going to cost $5k to remedy. Heating dude is out of business or left the state and nowhere to be found. Homeowner, at least you still have that new television!
"Getting YOUR furnace serviced each year before the weather gets cold is one of the most important things you can do to save energy, prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, extend the life of the furnace, and even save a life," according to Black.
"We enthusiastically give our support and services to the citizens of this community with pride, “shares Lynne Black, Executive Director of the Akron Canton Heating & Cooling Association (ACHCA). "We recognize that healthy, thriving communities depend on involved organizations, government officials and legitimate HVACR contractors for help. We strive to be part of the problem-solving initiative and are able to provide a directory of legitimate contractors that serve this area.”
About Akron Canton Heating & Cooling Association
Akron Canton Heating & Cooling Association (ACHCA) is a non-profit association serving professionals and businesses in the HVACR community, working together to promote professional contracting, energy efficiency, and healthy, comfortable indoor environments. Our roots stretch back to the early part of the 20th century. We have one goal to make the HVACR industry a well respected professional contractor organization. For details, see www.accaohio.com or call 330-762-9951 Ext. 22.
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