Furnaces and Other Heating Systems – Broken HVAC Equipment Can Create Dangerous Conditions

Furnaces and Other Heating Systems – Broken HVAC Equipment Can Create Dangerous Conditions

already though winter officially started on December 21; the temperatures across the nation have been dipping well into the 20s before the winter season started. In some parts of the country such as Minneapolis, MN and the twin cities area the temperature has plummeted to 32 degrees below zero. At these cold temperatures all manner of HVAC equipment, including furnaces and boilers have been straining to keep the interior of the home at a comfortable level.

The young and the elderly are much more prone to injury and hypothermia than other individuals, but with subzero temperatures every individual should take precautions. People can not survive for more than a few minutes when exposed to these harsh temperatures outside. When the home heating fails the interior temperature of a home will begin to drop quite dramatically already with the newest and most efficient insulation.

Fortunately there are HVAC companies which will respond in emergency situations, but in a highly populated area such as Minneapolis, there will likely be a short supply of qualified and experienced service technicians. already when an air conditioning and heating repair service is able to respond closest, depending upon the cause of the residential heating equipment failure, some parts may not be closest obtainable.

Because of the risks of dangerously frigid temperatures every home owner should own at the minimum two space heaters for a backup when an emergency situation does arise. There are a variety of space heaters on the market; oil, propane, natural gas and electric heaters are obtainable with electric heaters being the most shared.

There are several safety precautions a home owner should take before using any space heater, but electric heaters present different possible risks than gas or oil fueled heaters. Electric space heaters reach much higher temperatures and consequently are associated with accidental fires already though all electric heaters currently sold have automatic shutoffs in the event that they tip over. Any piece of equipment using natural gas, oil, or kerosene should be vented to the outside for safety, as the use of these types of fueled appliances will create carbon monoxide.

As of 2004, carbon monoxide poisoning has been credited to an estimated 15,000 hospital visits and 500 deaths every year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The highest rate of carbon monoxide poisoning is not surprisingly found in the elderly, older than 65, and during the month of January.

The statistics above have almost certainly increased as the elderly population has increased and winter temperatures are getting lower and lower. The wisest course of action to take is preventative maintenance. It is crucial that the home owner have the heating system inspected before any serious problem has time to develop. An experienced technician can often discover a small problem before it becomes a much larger and expensive catastrophe. With the furnace, heat pump or other main heating system in good working order, the need and risk of using a space heater will be that much lower.

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