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How Ductwork Problems Affect Forced Air Heaters

Monday, March 11th, 2019

sealing-air-ductWhen you run your home heating system, you obviously want that system to function as effectively as possible with as little associated cost as possible. Unfortunately, many homeowners wind up settling for less when it comes to overall efficiency and heating output. We believe that you deserve better than that, which is why our technicians are always here to help. That brings us to the next big obstacle, though. A lot of homeowners fail to realize that their heaters are faltering.

This is because not all problems with your heater are going to be very obvious. Yes, you may notice a drop in efficiency or even that your heater is not warming your home as successfully as usual. But if the heater is up and running reliably, has been tuned up recently, and isn’t making any weird sounds, then why worry? Well, because there’s more to your heating system than that heating unit itself. Your heat pump or furnace uses ductwork to distribute heated air throughout your home, remember.

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Can Your Heating System Warn You of a CO Leak?

Friday, February 17th, 2012

As everyone in Mableton knows, carbon monoxide is a serious health risk. It is an odorless gas that is produced as a natural byproduct of combustion. So, any time something burns, carbon monoxide (CO) is released into the air.

As long as the area is properly ventilated, the carbon monoxide cannot build up in the air to a dangerous level of concentration. For example, if you are around a campfire or charcoal that is burning outside, you are generally safe.

In the home, the danger arises when combustion is not properly ventilated and this toxic gas is allowed to seep into our living spaces. If you use any gas, fuel or wood burning appliances in your home, you are at risk for exposure to carbon monoxide. To help mitigate that risk, it is important to know some warning signs. Your heating system gives off some warnings that can tip you off to danger, so be on the lookout for these three signals:

  1. Carbon monoxide detector goes off. Some heating systems these days have built-in carbon monoxide detectors, which can provide an extra measure of safety. Whether you have one of these systems or not, your home should still be equipped with a CO detector. If it begins sounding the alarm, get everyone out of the house immediately.
  1. A fume vent is leaking. Fuel-burning furnaces have vents to move combustion gases out of the house safely. If you notice this vent is leaking on your heating system, CO may be seeping into your house. Shut down the furnace, open windows for ventilation and have the fume vent repaired immediately.
  1. Smoke backing up from the fireplace. If you have a fireplace and you notice smoke in the room while using it, stop using it immediately. Your chimney may be blocked or leaking, preventing the smoke from rising and venting properly, which means CO can e getting into your house. Do not use the fireplace again until you have had the chimney inspected.

Please take care and note this is just a simple guide. There are other risks and warnings of carbon monoxide. If you have any suspicion that there is CO in your Mableton home, immediately call a Premier Indoor Comfort Systems to look into the situation.

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