Heating Your Home Safely This Winter

With daytime temperatures now consistently in the 70’s, and even dropping into the 60’s here and there, and nighttime temperatures in the 50’s, it’s obvious that we are making the move into the autumn season. Now, you may not be using your heater regularly anytime soon, but chances are you’ll be firing it up to at least take the chill out of the air before long.

That is why we want to remind you of how important it is that you use your heater safely this season. Routine heating maintenance in Greenwich, CT helps to ensure that your heater is working properly, and modern systems are generally safer than at any point in the past. However, there are still a few potential safety hazards, and you should be aware of them.

Gas Leaks

Natural gas is one of the most common fuel sources used in homes today. Homeowners gravitate toward natural gas for a number of reasons, including its relative affordability, the fact that it burns quite cleanly for a fossil fuel, and that it is piped directly to the appliances and systems using it. Natural gas is a combustible fuel source, though, and it can prove quite dangerous if it leaks into your home.

Having your gas furnace or boiler installed by trained professionals, such as those on our team, and keeping up with routine maintenance will help to minimize this risk. There is no way to guarantee with 100% certainty that you won’t experience a leak, though. Natural gas has an additive that gives it a distinct, sulfuric odor, very similar to that of rotten eggs. If you smell it in your home, exit the premises and contact the appropriate parties immediately. Should heater repairs, or even a replacement, be necessary, we can handle the job.

Carbon Monoxide

We cannot stress enough just how important it is that you have quality carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home. They should be hardwired into your electrical system with battery backups. Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a poisonous gas that can prove fatal in high enough exposure levels. It is also entirely without taste, color, or scent, making it impossible for humans to detect without the use of designated CO detectors. Carbon monoxide is generated by the incomplete combustion of fuels like natural gas, propane, oil, and wood, which is why it is so important that your heating system is properly vented.

Schedule your heating services with T&H Mechanical Systems to keep your system working properly and safely.