November is almost coming to a close and as usual, that time of the year is finally here. Yes, you guessed it right. And you know what they say? Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality. And how else better to do this than inviting your loved ones over to your place and spending some quality time. Sounds good, right? However, there is a twist to this.
The season of Christmas is usually cold in various countries over the globe. Most home owners, therefore, resort to have a heating system installed in their homes. Most of these heating systems use combustion to provide heat energy that keeps your house warm. The more popular heater uses gas, from some quick statistics by the American Gas Association, 62 million homes in the US alone use natural gas for heating. However, there is a ton of danger that you need to be aware of relating to the use of a natural gas furnace. Your gas furnace needs to have regular maintenance and checks by a qualified technician or Furnace Repairman. Here are some of the reasons this is imperative.
1. Risk Of Fire Outbreaks.
As i had mentioned earlier, most heating furnaces use natural gas for the combustion process. The obvious reason for this is that the alternative, which is oil is more expensive. However, the flip side of this is the fact that natural gas can prove fatal if not kept in check. First things first, the installation process has to be done by a certified technician. Gas furnaces need to be installed in a place that is well ventilated to facilitate the combustion process. When the airflow to the gas furnace is not sufficient, this causes a fire hazard. The airflow can be made insufficient when there isn’t enough space between the gas furnace and any other items that may be occupying the same room. Such fires are very dangerous especially due to the flammable nature of natural gas.
2. Danger of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
When your heating furnace is on, it burns a combination of air and natural gas in order to give you heat energy. The catch, however, is that when this combustion process occurs, a gaseous byproduct called Carbon monoxide is produced. This gas is colorless and has no smell, making it hard to detect. Moreover, this gas is always harmful to your health. When you breathe in too much of it, you end up having Carbon monoxide poisoning which manifests itself with various symptoms. These symptoms include general weakness in the body, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and fatality arrhythmias and death.
3. Gas Furnace Gas Leaks.
A gas furnace is to be inspected and maintained by an HVAC specialist at least once a year. Gas furnace users are however encouraged to do this preferably right before the beginning of the winter season. This is so because you will be having your thermostat turned up high for long periods of time. Gas furnaces can have mechanical issues at times after prolonged use. Just to mention a few; leaking gas pipes, some parts may malfunction, and even at times the manufacturer may be liable for some issues that may arise with your gas furnace. Whichever the case, your gas furnace must always be in tip-top condition at all times. Gas leaks coupled with the proximity of any heat source as well as the flammable material is very dangerous and can kill you.