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Heating System Safety: What You Need to Know

Heaters today, no matter what make or model, are built with customer safety in mind. It’s rare that you have to worry about a heating system malfunction if you have your system professionally installed and serviced by experienced HVAC technicians, such as our staff.

But there are still risks associated with using just about any heating system, no matter how well taken care of it is. For example, carbon monoxide poisoning is still a very real threat. This occurs due to a broken heat exchanger or some other cause for a gas leak.

Annual Maintenance

That particular issue—carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning—can usually be prevented with annual furnace maintenance. During this service appointment, our technicians will provide a thorough check of things like electrical connections, gas connections, and the ventilation system that is designed to guide combustion byproducts away from your living space.

This way, you can be informed of any potential risks so you can get them repaired as soon as possible. You may even discover that you need a new heater. It’s best to do this now, if you find out it’s necessary, as temperatures are only going to drop more in the coming weeks!

Smoke and CO Detectors

An outdated or ill-maintained heating system poses many risks. Gas leaks are one, but so are fires. Equip your home with the appropriate detectors so that if an accident does occur, you and your family will be alerted so you can exit your home quickly and safely.

Other Heating Safety Tips

If you’re using your fireplace, make sure it’s all the way burned out before going to bed. If you have an electric space heater or some other type of electrically-powered heating system, resist the temptation to place damp or cold clothing on top of it to warm it up. Lastly, if your technician informed you of any repair needs during your last heating tune-up, be sure to address them before using your heater this winter.

For heating services throughout Albuquerque, NM and beyond, contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today.

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